Know your plant – Resurrection plants

Resurrection plants are polikilohydric plants that can survive extreme dehydration for months or even years. There are several species commonly known to us, but since Easter is nearing, lets take a look at the Selaginella lepidophylla, otherwise known as the Resurrection Plant. Selaginella lepidophylla is a species of spikemoss under the family Selaginellaceae. Selaginella are primitive …

Know your plant – Dracaena surculosa

The term “Dracaena” is derived from the Ancient Greek drakaina, meaning “Female-Dragon”. Surculosa comes from the Latin word, surculus, meaning a young twig or branch.Dracaena is a genus of 40 species of trees and succulent shrubs native to Africa, South East Asia and tropical Central America.Painted leavesDracaena surculosa and a few other species are often marketed in the …

Components of vertical greenery systems – The green wall

The concept of vertical greenery systems is deceptively straightforward. Horizontal shrubbery is transposed onto a vertical array. Green wall systems are commonly categorized into carrier (casement/cassette/modular pots) and support systems (creepers) (Nparks, 2009). Figure 1 illustrates the difference between the two systems. The focus of this article is on carrier systems.The effectiveness of a vertical greenery …

Optimising green wall design in terms of functionality

Usually when it comes to designing for a green wall, there are actually many steps and decision-making process to make. However certain processes are forgotten, resulting in problems occurring in the long run.The image illustrates the process of designing a green wall. It is modeled after waves and curves, which accentuates colors as well as contrasting textures …