Sky gardens have become a popular landscape choice for roof tops on buildings, restaurants and lounges, often competing for deck space. A green wall effect created with UV rated outdoor artificial plants creates ambiance in an otherwise dull high-rise building outdoor area. These silk plant garden decks utilize vertical plants to maximize a restricted area, withs a curtain of artificial plants against vertical structures. Whatever the type of chosen sky plants, a vertical plant garden can pose challenges that professional landscapers have to grapple with to ensure a visually stimulating atmosphere without limiting space.
Open sky gardens are subjected to the ravages of the very harsh environment of heat, strong winds and adequate water supply, along with sometimes a challenging accessibility to maintain living plants and constant temperature fluctuations. In our example of an extraordinary sky garden, artificial plants were installed on a partially covered food court deck area. The outdoor rated silk plants were vertically placed on part of the deck and also covered outdoor concrete columns, which added visual interest to the atmosphere and enhanced the height of the ceilings.
Initial considerations of using tiered planters and growing live plant creepers on wire mesh were some of the ideas explored to cover these outdoor concrete columns. However, an artificial plant solution was the most cost efficient and the most practical.
Studies of the site revealed that light would not be adequate for living plants to grow on the deck area. Artificial plants with outdoor UV protective properties could withstand the heat, harsh winds and temperature fluctuations of the high rise column's vertical surfaces.
Although silk plants do not require very much maintenance, the green wall was mounted on tracks to enable accessibility for the maintenance team.
This fake plant green wall is an example of how high rise landscape limitations can be solved with quality plants and creative thinking.