As more of us move back into the cities, we are left without our gardens and yards. That's ok by me. But as space gets more condensed, and surfaces of healthy, sustainable architecture remain a bit hard, the landscaping in these urban environments are an important element to consider. So consider this by landscape designers Mia Lehrer and Holly Kuwayama, hanging a garden of succulents.
Live Art featured in the July/August 2008 of Metropolitan Home is a beautifully innovative solution to bringing a new type of garden to our urban spaces. The choice of succulents makes this hanging garden lightweight, as they don't need a lot of water, and have shallow roots so they grow in very little soil. Here in the Pacific Northwest, succulents like sedum grow with abandon. And the colors, varieties and shapes are to die for. Planting this would be like painting a picture with greens, yellows and burgundies.
The perfect solution as we try to live a bit lighter on the land. Take up less space, and build right. As presented in the work of designer Bruce Mau in Massive Change, "the future of cities is vertical".