Plant composition for green walls – Light and structure

In our previous article, we have talked about how to determine the effectiveness of vertical greenery systems (Link to article here). Some things to look out for include: Plant and substrate system Light provision Plant selection Irrigation Maintainability The following is an example of green wall failure when one or more factors are not considered.  …

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 …

How greenery can influence the design of form and space

Greenery is normally applied onto building façades and rooftops as an aesthetic treatment. There are many examples on this website that shows the extensive use of greenery on buildings (Figure 6), but very few where the decision to install greenery can be rationalised as a direct response to specific site conditions. Actually, there is none. …

How to reduce cooling cost with your roof garden

A roof garden consists of three main components:1.       Turf2.       Shrubs3.       TreesIn terms of aesthetic considerations, design permutations are limitless. When it comes to practical issues such as maintainability, one may be required to manoeuvre through access or structural issues (Choosing between intensive or extensive green roof …

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 …

A study on lighting requirement for 12 new plants

In our previous article, we have looked into the minimum lighting required for 2 plants. In this new study, we are testing another 12 species of plants. They are:Epipremnum aureum ‘N Joy’Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus'Scindepsus sp (green)Scindapsus treubiiSyngonium erythophylumSyngonium pinkPhlebodium aureum ‘blue star’Nephrolepsis bostoniensisFern sp. (Plastic fern)Seleginella planaSeleginella uncinata (Peacock moss)Episcia cupreataPlants are supplied by Chop Ching Hin Pte Ltd.The …