Living walls have been a hot trend in gardening and landscaping for the last few years and the trend doesn’t seem to be going away!
Just last month, London, UK unveiled its largest living wall on the side of two prominent hotels near Buckingham Palace. The Rubens at the Palace hotel is the home of an impressive 350 sq. m (3 770 sq. ft). vertical garden, containing 10 000 live plants, which includes ferns, buttercups, crocuses, lavender and winter geraniums. There are even strawberries in the garden! The plants chosen are designed to have year-round colour, from blues, pinks, purples, whites and yellows.The sight of the massive vertical garden is simply stunning, to say the least!
The vertical garden took two months to create and was designed by Gary Grant of the Green Roof Consultancy. Over 16 metric tons of soil were used to create the garden. The plants are watered through a sophisticated irrigation system, where thousands of liters of rainwater are collected from the roofs and stored in tanks before being absorbed by the plants.
Besides adding beauty and life to London’s cityscape, the vertical garden will improve the air quality, collect rainwater to reduce floods, and attract bees, butterflies and birds to the area. In addition, the environmentally friendly wall will keep the hotel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Here is a look at the awe-inspiring living wall at the Rubens at the Palace.
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