If I am still awake at 11:45 p.m., I am compelled to prop my eyes open long enough to catch late night talk show host David Letterman’s “Top Ten List.” He keeps things light while skating right on the edge of being controversial. Good stuff!
While my list isn’t quite as edgy or as long, my Top Five Green Roofs and Living Walls Trends are a cool way to quickly catch up on what’s new in our industry. The benefits of having a green roof are tremendous, from long-term energy savings to being just plain beautiful. It’s a growing niche business and we are proud as parents when one gets completed and is up and growing on its own.
Talk with us at Good Earth Plants and GreenScaped Buildings about installing a green roof or living wall for your home or business. Give us a call and we’ll make it happen.
Now, imagine Paul Schaefer and the CBS Orchestra playing the theme song for our list.
Top Five Trends in Green Roofs and Living Walls
1) Rooftop and Vertical Farms
Sometimes there is nowhere to go but up. If you can grow plants on a roof, why not a vegetable garden?
Run out of floor space? Grow your herbs on a wall. It’s been done in Europe for years.
2) Boutique Projects Specifically for Clients
Signage, way finding, and unique focal points are all solutions we have provided to our clients. We created an interior living wall of plants wrapped around a flat screen TV for LPL Financial – complete with a remote.
Numerous studies show that views of plants help patients recover more quickly, use less pain medication and complain less. When viewed from the patient recovery room, Sharp Memorial Hospital’s green roof depicts a bar from the written score of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Unique, fun and clever.
4) Small Projects With A Big Result
We’re about to create our third living wall for our client ActivCare, which manages several assisted living communities. Our living walls are meant to evoke a parklike setting complete with a bench and lamp post. Both residents and staff love it.
5) Increased Biodiversity
The green roof on top of the Good Earth Plant Company’s world headquarters building is one of San Diego’s first. The plants and flowers are primarily native and drought tolerant, attracting butterflies, ladybugs and bees as well as birds and spectators. It’s my place to go when I need to breathe.
What can we design and plant for you? Visit our website portfolio page or our Good Earth Plants/GreenScaped Buildings Facebook page for inspiration.