Vertical garden at H-E-B softens the urban landscape

H-E-B landscape architect uses vertical gardens to soften impact of urban development

[…] they were meticulously planned living walls, and the one in Paris was created by Patrick Blanc, the famous botanist and artist who uses thousands of plants to cover the exteriors of museums, shopping malls, private homes, hotels and skyscrapers.

Returning home, Triplett studied Blanc’s book, “The Vertical Garden – From Nature to the City” (W.W. Norton; $44), and decided to include a living green sculpture on the west side of the new H-E-B at San Felipe and Fountainview.

While making plans for the San Felipe store, Triplett hired the McDugald-Steele landscape architecture firm to build trial vertical gardens, one in Houston and one at the H-E-B company headquarters in San Antonio.

McCann, who has designed more than two dozen vertical gardens in his career, selected society garlic, rosemary, two types of juniper (shore and blue chip), flax lilies and Mexican sedum for the San Felipe store walls.

Before planting, McCann and staff installed a vertical irrigation system and a vast expanse of recycled plastic, which would serve as the planting medium.

Via:: Home and Garden