As much of the country is experiencing a deep freeze and harsh winter, California is experiencing one the worst droughts of the past one hundred years. Not one drop of rain has fallen in most of California for the whole month of January. January is usually one of the rainiest months in California. If the drought continues, it could cause problems that will affect the whole country.
California Governor, Jerry Brown has declared a drought state of emergency. This will allow local water boards to enact emergency water restrictions. The days of watering lawns seven days a week in California will soon be over. Also, water from agriculture will be diverted to urban areas. This will likely push food prices higher. Authorities are also asking residents to voluntarily decrease their water usage by 20 percent.
So, how can residents decrease their water usage? First of all, lawn watering should be cut down to three days a week, and be done during the early morning hours. Washing cars in the driveway and washing sidewalks is not a good idea. Flush toilets sparingly, and do one large load of laundry, rather than three small loads. Wear clothes more than once, and wash towels once a week. Take a shower every other day.
Another long term solution for many people is to change their landscaping choices. Many plants that people grow in California are not native to the area, and require much water in the arid climate. Grass lawns require much water. Many people are switching to either artificial turf, or rock gardens and succulent plants.
Geranium Street Floral is based in the epicenter of California drought country. The company is constantly searching for solutions to California’s drought crisis. They have designed hybrid living walls, and hydroponic gardens. Their designs include California succulents that require little water and are suited for the arid climate.
(Close up view of the artificial succulents mixed with the live succulents)
Living walls throughout the design world are used to spruce up drab walls whether they be in restaurants, apartment foyers, etc. but, with living plants comes the added need for expensive irrigation systems rigged throughout the living wall and necessary expertise to run the system in order to properly water the succulents. What if I told you that you can cut down on the expensive irrigation system to only a select few plants throughout the plant wall by incorporating a smaller, modular system and artificial plants to fill in the gaps? Well, today is an exciting new day in the world of Geranium Street because we have started to offer Combination living walls to bridge the gap between artificial living walls and living walls.
(View of a portable Combination Living Wall outside Convention center in Long Beach)
Geranium Street Floral wants to provide the best of both worlds in an affordable package, whether that be a portable wall that events can use to spruce up their mobile décor, or a restaurant using it on one of their barren walls, to bring out the ambiance of the venue. Hybrid Living walls are a unique piece of art in the design world that should not be taken lightly, and moving forward in time, will be an essential tool in every designers cabinet.
(View of Combination Living Wall Indoors)
Vertical gardens, also known as living walls, or green walls are the hottest design trend in 2014. The world’s top interior and exterior designers are scrambling to keep up with the demand and interest in vertical gardens. Unfortunately, only the wealthiest clients will be able to afford the cost and maintenance of a typical vertical garden.
Vertical gardens are often created with plantable tiles, and attached to complex watering systems. While these living walls often look fantastic, there are many moving parts associated with their watering systems and much potential for problems. Also, living walls must be constantly trimmed and require a lot of care.
Designers at Geranium Street Floral recognize the appeal of vertical gardens and have created a relatively inexpensive alternative called the Hybrid Living Wall. The Hybrid Living Wall combines artificial boxwood hedge with actual living plants and real rocks. The live plants used in the hybrid living wall are California succulents and don’t require built in watering systems.
The hybrid living walls look great and can be used for interior or exterior applications. They may be used to add color to a high rise balcony, a pool area, deck, or patio. They also could be used to create green spaces inside a house. Green is in, and bare walls are out for 2014.
Commercial applications for hybrid living walls, include lobbies, retail spaces, restaurants, and hotels. Geranium Street has worked with top designers to create fantastic hedge walls at many commercial locations. The hybrid living walls will surely garner much attention in the coming year as vertical gardens become more popular.
Hybrid living walls are a cross between “living” walls and artificial boxwood hedge walls. Recently, the popularity of green living walls has exploded. Living walls use real plants to create a wall often in an interior space. These living walls look fantastic and garner much attention, but unfortunately are expensive to create and maintain.
Geranium Street Floral recognized the demand for real living walls, but wanted to create something that was more affordable for most people. They created the hybrid living wall from artificial boxwood hedge and added real rock and California succulent plants. The result is quite striking, and offers a nice balance of real and artificial plants.
California succulents grow wild along the beach in Southern California and survive in the arid climate quite well. They require little water or trimming, yet they look fantastic. Succulents may have flowers and come in a broad spectrum of colors.
Artificial boxwood hedge is becoming popular among interior and exterior designers throughout the Southwest and all over America. Geranium Street has consulted with top designers and architects in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and their home base of San Diego.
Living walls are popular in Southern California, and Geranium Street thinks their Hybrid Living Walls will also be popular. The beauty of hybrid living walls is that they are very inexpensive to maintain, and they cost way less than real living walls to build. Geranium Street has custom built several boxwood hedge walls for their clients and is excited to create custom hybrid living walls.