The LA times recently wrote an article on the creation of a succulent framed vertical garden with obvious reference to Flora Grubb. The Succulent Living Wall was created by Gregory Thirloway and Glen Fretwell’s company of Inside/Out Design. Click on the photos for some great hi-res photos.
The frame was custom-fabricated 4″ x 1.75″ extruded aluminum tubing joined to make a 74-by-54 inch rectangular box. They used a light loose mixture of potting soil/perlite, and the drip system that snakes throughout. After the planting it weighed more than 400 pounds and required a floor jack and a crew of five to hang it on a cabinet rail at the top.
They chose varieties based on their growing patterns first, looking for lateral rather than vertical growth. They included Black Prince, Blue Cloud, Elegans, Glauca, Morning Beauty, Perle Von Nurnberg, Agavoides Red, After Glow. Most are slow growing, tolerate full sun, and are relatively expensive — a 2-inch head of Agavoides Red can go for $US10. Also considering that there are more than 240 plants used.
Also check out some of the photos from Inside Out Design below.
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