Mar 21 2016

Focal walls are a fun and open-ended aspect of landscape architecture, but can sometimes be one of the more challenging parts.  Focal walls can be walls that enclose a courtyard, exterior walls of a residence, or even the exterior wall of a garage or storage structure adjacent to open space.  In Naples, vines and espaliered trees are popular and can be traditional or transitional based on the plant selection, wire material, and even direction of the wires.  

This residence in Naples chose square trellising for their focal walls, to give the home a transitional feel. 


Another great option for focal walls would be the addition of art, scuppers or other water features, or a series of tall pots with or without plant material. 



A new trend in landscape architecture is the use of decorative wall panels.  Made of iron or another outdoor-safe material, with anything from geometric patters to custom-designed works of art, they look beautiful when uplit and serve as a great backdrop where plant material has trouble growing. If you are looking for a greener approach, greenwall technology has greatly advanced and now come in modules that can be installed to any wall type and are even self-irrigating.  They range from simple units installed by the homeowner to large, multi-story walls inside hotels and corporate buildings.


Just as an accent wall indoors can draw your attention to a particular part of the room, focal walls outdoors can help distract from unsightly exterior walls and allow new colors and materials to be introduced into the landscape.