Nelson Residence

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Nelson Residence

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Nelson Residence 

Phoenix, Arizona

Design Challenge 

There were two design challenges with this Living Wall project. The first was concealing the drip irrigation lines and the second was plant selection. To meet the first challenge, a drip supply line kit was installed during the wall construction and situated between the blocks. The entry point is at the bottom of the back of the wall, and the exit point is in the middle of the wall on the front side, from where the supply line is connected to the Living Wall Planter Drip Kits; supply lines are designed to be concealed inside each watering tank. The final challenge, plant selection, was hindered by the fact that the wall faces south and is blasted by the hot, unforgiving Arizona sun. Although succulents are native to the Southwest, few can handle full exposure to the sun, especially when one of the requirements from the homeowner was no thorns. Please see the Plants tab for a full listing of the plants used in this project.

Date of Install

June 2013

Owner

The Nelsons

Designers

Woolly Pocket

Climate

Phoenix, Arizona is in hardiness zone 10. This Living Wall receives full sun throughout the day. 

Irrigation

This Living Wall is watered with a drip irrigation system, utilizing Woolly Pocket's Living Wall Planter Drip Kits (24), Drip Supply Line Kit (1) and Digital Drip Timer Valve (1). All of the irrigation components are as designed, hidden from view, and installed inside each watering tank. The Drip Supply Line Kit was concealed inside the wall during construction to lend to the overall floating effect of the Living Wall.  

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Living Wall Planters

The exterior uses 24 Living Wall Planters in Gray, installed in three rows of eight. The area of wall covered is approx. 39" high by 12’ long.

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Plants

The Nelson Residence's Living Wall utilizes drought and full-sun tolerant succulents: Lady Slippers, Elephant's Food, Fire Stick, Chalk Fingers, Aloe Cameronii, and Blue Senecio.

Details

This Living Wall is watered with a drip irrigation system, utilizing Woolly Pocket's Living Wall Planter Drip Kits (24), Drip Supply Line Kit (1) and Digital Drip Timer Valve (1). All of the irrigation components are as designed, hidden from view, and installed inside each watering tank. The Drip Supply Line Kit was concealed inside the wall during construction to lend to the overall floating effect of the Living Wall.