Vertical gardens are usually wonderful when first installed but many of them come a cropper after a year or so – or even a few months, like this one in Perth city.
This vertical garden of flower and herb-filled pots fell victim to Perth’s cruelly hot summer. In another climate or with copious amounts of water maybe it might have had a chance but the combination of small containers surrounded by plenty of airspace and a whack of urban heat island meant it was always unlikely to survive.
Why do landscape architects – or anyone – continue to spend so much time, money and effort on poorly designed or inappropriately maintained vertical gardens? Or maybe it’s in some changeover period?