Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Texture .. Architecture - Plants as Ornament

Living Green Wall ..Hotel Modera in downtown Portland.   
An element of the hotel building's mid-century modern design: 

The courtyard landscape features soft pillows of golden Scotch Moss - Sagina subulata 'Aurea' ...set into the pavement.

Silky ... The inspiration for Bay Area Tendrils:
Clematis tibetana seedheads in Autumn - Alice's Garden.

Formidable architecture of an Aloe in bloom - Getty Center, Los Angeles.
Bedazzling ... Vertical structure of Himalayan blue bamboo:
Entry Garden Borders - San Francisco Botanical Garden


  1. Hello! I am a fellow gardener, I just discovered your blog

    That living wall looks amazing, it is very interesting how they mix the nature in the architectural design. Also the moss must feel great to touch.

    Great post!

  2. I used to love driving by that hotel. It's very visible and just stunning - even on bad hair days.

  3. Hi Fer
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Always a pleasure to run into you in cyberspace;~D

    Alice aka Alice's Garden Travel Buzz

  4. I'm also a fellow gardener and just found your blog. Love the moss and the photos...we have moss in our front yard.

  5. Thanks Alice as always for your inspiring garden photos.

  6. Love, love, love texture! Do you think they trim the moss to keep it square? My clematis alpina "Pink Flamingo" has very similar seed heads!

  7. Hi Alice, I have seen aloe in bloom before but it didn't look quite the same. Your photo is absolutely stunning!

    A living wall is beautiful but I have been told that the cost of maintenance is exorbitant.