HYDROPONIC SYSTEM FOR GROWING GROUND COVER PLANTS ON VERTICAL SURFACE
There are not many ways of increasing the vegetation surface in urban environmental since it is very difficult to find available surfaces. It could be possible with the well known Vertical Gardens or Green Roof. This kind of garden has been called excessively expensive and not very easy to build and keep in good condition. Like other forms of vegetation surfaces, the ground cover plants have advantages as removing carbon dioxide and volatile organic chemicals from the air, keeping the environment cooler in the summer or warmer during the winter, etc. Ground covers also can cover the wall as a carpet of vegetation, enhance the beauty of buildings and break up the monotony of urban landscape. Ground cover plants provide a variety of textures and colours. The list of species that can be used for ground cover has over 250 species. In comparison to other plants traditionally used in Vertical Garden, most of cover species has a small radical volume and its management is minimum. Another advantage is that a ground cover should spread by itself, since they are a species that produces rhizomes or stolons and they will develop rapidly into a dense cover. In the present article we try to expose the possibility to execute easily modular sets with a minimum cost and a very brief period of execution, with an easy management. The aim of this paper is introducing a simple and cheap structure based in hydroponic system with low density substrate and cover plants as a solution for urban areas that make it difficult to use plants in landscape designs.
Salas, M.C., Montero, J.L. and Moral, J.A. (2010). HYDROPONIC SYSTEM FOR GROWING GROUND COVER PLANTS ON VERTICAL SURFACE. Acta Hortic. 881, 421-423
ventilated façade, green wall, bioclimatic building, garden, urban landscape