Outdoor Vertical Gardens
Airplantman’s Outdoor Vertical Garden Frames
Landscape architect Josh Rosen, also known as Airplantman, has worked with tillandsia air plants in all sorts of beautiful ways. His handmade AirplantFrames are a refreshing and minimalist way to exhibit tillandsias anywhere, even outdoors, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them here in the store and in the Web Shop.
ABOVE: Under eaves in a frost-free California garden, these framed tillandsia gardens become a gallery of adorable exotica. For happiest growing, use outdoor-tolerant tillandsias and protect the frame gardens from excessive rain and cold.
ABOVE: This Hollywood office courtyard features a custom stainless-steel AirplantFrame aligned above a water feature. Amidst the maximal tree aloes, Aloe barberae, this piece adds a fascinating and detailed focal point. Photography by Airplantman. Landscape designed by Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture.
ABOVE: When solar panels were added to the roof of this spectacular Ray Kappe-designed house in Southern California, the homeowners hoped to maintain their view while screening the new addition and creating a design that celebrated their passion for tillandsia air plants. Airplantman Designs transformed the rooftop space with a living backdrop of Spanish moss, Tillandsia usenoides. Photography by Airplantman.
ABOVE: The refinement of AirplantFrames complements modern architectural elements and makes the natural, idiosyncratic forms of the air plants all the more conspicuous.
The greatest advance that AirplantFrames bring to gardening with tillandsias is transparency. Pre-strung with wire to create a matrix, they allow air and light to pass around the air plants.
Place one in front of a window to start a visual dialogue between indoors and the outside. Doing so has schooled us in the play of light and color through these remarkable little epiphytes.