Bringing Nature Indoors

Photos: Vertical Garden Ideas

Cactus 42 Green WallVertical gardens (also commonly referred to as living walls or green walls) come in all shapes and sizes. The diverse structures of oxygen-producing plants are springing up everywhere you turn these days – shopping malls, headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, restaurants, hotels, and more. The market for green walls and green roofs are expected to grown by the billions in the coming years with more organizations interested in reaping the rewards the walls provide.

Plants shouldn’t be thought of as just decoration. These vertically sprawling walls of lush foliage are modern additions to design and architecture that deliver unrivaled benefits. Placing living green walls on the exterior of a building provides protection and reduces energy consumption, while on the interior they significantly improve the office environment, making it a healthier, more relaxing, energy efficient place to work. To give you a few vertical garden ideas for your own business, we’ve gathered a lush gallery of our past projects. Read More »

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Video: Using Sago Palms In Landscaping

Janice Nath is an award-winning Ambius designer based in San Diego, CA. Janice strives to touch all five senses with her unique plant designs.  Read More »

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The Ambius Design Process – From Start to Finish

The Ambius Design Process: Start To Finish

At Ambius, we specialize in transforming the look of your business with greenery.

Our Living Green Walls and indoor planting designs are the perfect way to add color and ambiance to any space. Not only do plants enhance the environment, but they also make your employees and customers feel great.

Whether you want to make a big and bold statement or simply a subtle enhancement of your space, our expert designers and our comprehensive process will create the perfect solution just for you.

To help you understand exactly what working with Ambius involves, we’ve enlisted the expertise of one of our premier designers in North America; JOanne Craft, ambius.com/joanne, to garner her in-depth knowledge about Ambius services from initial contact to ongoing maintenance.

The result is this handy guide which explains the process from start to finish. Read More »

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Why Do Plants Need Air?

The two primary reasons plants need is air to photosynthesize (make food) and to breathe. Plants need to breath (respire) for the same reason people and animals must breath, simply put, they need oxygen to convert food into energy. The relationship between air and indoor plants is crucial to keeping your plants looking their best.

Air Above Ground

Air is often taken for granted as it is invisible and seems readily available to plants above ground. However, even though air is abundant in our atmosphere, there are factors that can disrupt the availability of fresh air to a plant. Stagnant air may be low on vital gases such as oxygen and high on other gases that may harm the plant.

For example, when plants are sleeved, fresh air is depleted over time and can cause the build-up of toxic gases such as ethylene (the same gas that causes fruits to ripen). A good example of this is a banana wrapped in a plastic bag. When wrapped in the bag, fresh air is depleted quickly. Oxygen levels drop and ethylene released by the banana build-up. The ethylene causes the banana to ripen faster than it would if it was sitting out in the open. These same types of reactions may happen to foliage plants if not exposed to fresh air, resulting in damaged or dead foliage. Read More »

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Video: Cymbidium Orchid Care

Charlee Storner is a St. Louis-based designer for Ambius who has decades of experience designing and maintain plant displays. For more on Charlee, visit her personal Designer website.

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