- On February 24, 2017
By: Ashley Bodine
What Is A Living Wall?
A living wall is a vertical garden grown on the interior or exterior of a building. It can be a beautiful sight for creativity and life for an otherwise bland space.
We chose to grow our living wall on the interior of our Hyattsville Cafe because of the great space and natural lighting available. We’ve seen other living walls in spaces such as Devoción, which we drew inspiration from.
Why It’s Unique?
Just like coffee, gardening is a labor of love. The National Arboretum has long been one of our favorite places in the city to explore or spend an afternoon. By bringing nature indoors to our cafe we are able to share another one of our passions with our customers and hopefully enhance their experience.
Many of our customers are creatives who come to the cafe to work or just clear their mind. Our hope is that our living wall will add color and inspiration to their visit. Since plants help create fresh air we hope that the energy they provide is contagious and add to the good vibes of the space.
What Are We Growing?
It was important we did our research when selecting plants. Our design is laid out in a way that is conducive with the light in the cafe and different exposures it gets throughout the day.
We wanted to ensure all the plants we selected could handle direct sun, while also looking for plants that would not need to be continually watered.
Having sacrificed plants in attempts to do something similar at home, we applied the lessons we learned. We began with some hearty plants like, the famous vining Pothos, the Sansevieria (commonly known as the snake plant), some English ivy and a Boston fern.
From there we thought about some plants that would not require too much work, but had a great look to fit the space. We added a few cacti, Jade plants as well as other succulents as accents.
With so much green a few pops of color were the next piece to this beautiful puzzle. This led to the addition of the colorful Croton plant, the Gold Dust Plant (aucuba japonica) and the Oyster Plant.
Just like with our company, we look forward to carefully nurturing and expanding this living wall so that it grows with our business for many years to come. Make sure you stop by our cafe to check out our vertical garden. We’re hoping it will be a hit that gives our customers as much enjoyment as we’ve had building it.