Designing For LEED Silver
Irrigation for perennial plants is a waste of a precious resource. The BAM realty group needed a landscape design that would meet the LEED Silver rating for their newly constructed retail/office building in Oakley. A part of meeting LEED Silver is to have a landscape composed of plants that do not require any supplemental watering after its first year of planting. The planting also needed to be inviting and complementary to the building as well as low-maintenance. The result: a unique entrance landscape filled with lush blooms and foliage throughout the growing season.
A Living Mulch
After a few seasons of growth the amount of mulch necessary will become less and less. The planting design incorporates plants that will develop and grow with each other forming a ‘living mulch’ that will reduce evaporation, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Sweet.