Group 7. Solarium Plantings

  • Presentations at 4:30 PM Thu April 28th Davis Center Atrium/Brennans
  • Early group to help move the model meet at 4 PM at the GreenHouse
  • Note: Mallory loaded the latest model photo at the bottom of this page. THANKS!

Solarium Poster FINAL is at:

It is too big to load here, so you can look at it on my web space, but not edit.
low res. screen shot here

Aquatic plants

-Lily Pads
-Water Lettuce
-Water Hyacinth
-Taro (AKA elephant ear)


Cape Fear Spatter-dock lily - This lily is native to Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina regions. It has a leaf spread of 24 to 30 inches, and produces yellowish-white flowers when in bloom. this species of lily is best suited for shading fish and other aquatic organisms.

Dallas lily (Nymphaea dallas) - The Dallas lily can survive in zones 4 to 11 and produces flowers with dark pink petals that have a yellow pigment towards the center. Their leaf spread is 4 to 6 feet and prefer to be in 2 to 18 inches of water.

Chromatella lily (Nymphaea xmarliacea 'Chromatella') - Survives in zones 4 to 11 and produces yellow flower. The leaf spread has a maximum of 4 feet and the leafs can grow to be up to 9 inches.


Momo Botan (or Momo Botan Minima depending on the amount of space available) - This Lotus is ideal for small spaces and tends not to grow any larger than 4ft tall. It produces large 12 to 15 inch leafs and large flowers that give off a pleasant fragrance.


the Common Cattail (Typha latifolia) or the Dwarf Cattail (Typha minima) - The common cattail grows to be 8 feet tall while the dwarf cattail grows to be 2 feet tall. The cattails should be planted in the back corner of the pond in order to allow enough sunlight to penetrate through to the smaller plants located at the front edge of the water feature.

Water Lettuce

Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) - Water Lettuce grow to be 10 inches long and 4 inches wide, while sometimes producing small white flowers. They can survive in zones 9 to 11 and can be susceptible to frost. They help to oxygenate and clarify the pond water as well as combat algal growth.

Terrestrial plants

Adam's file
Trees (and other big things):
-Neem (tree grown for its useful properties, it repels pests)

-Croton (really nice colorful plant with big painted leaves)

-Brazilian Cherry (best fruit I've ever tried)

Ideas for living wall plants and climbers for treehouse?:
I Like the texture of this living wall, maybe with a few flower, but I like all the different shades of green.
The pattern used in this living wall makes your eyes flow nicely up.
This might be a little too modern for what we are looking for, but it puts a whole new look on living walls.
The living wall system that you showed us was plastic, this set-up is made of felt. Will this felt pocket system work better or what we are going for? It might be more expensive, but i just wanted to show you because it might be something to look into.
(Molly Bruno)

Kangaroo Vine/ Cissus antarctica

Climb trellises, like indoors, from Australia
Morning Glory
Many varieties, many climbing by "twining", native to California

Carolina Moonseed/Cocculus carolinus

Good Climber, semi-tropical regions, likes humidity, inedible fruits, native to US

Sweet Peas

Many varieties, twiner, Sri-Lankan

Mexican Creeper/Antigonon leptopus

Flowering climbing vine, this one would be very interesting b/c it looks like vines but also flowers, origin= Central America

Star Jasmine/Trachelospermum jasminoides

Also flowering climber, very good smell, origin= southeastern Asia


Please read the article sent over email: .
Our budget for the project is combined with the Landscaping Group, but could be $5,000 or more.

Adam to stay in touch with Mike Stevens (project manager) to hear about environmental design specs
Michelle Smith and Mike Stevens are trying to get that info. for us
Liz has a set of drawings for the space.

Alex Friedman -
Walker Brown -
Nick Farley -
Mallory Orr -
Adam Gentile -
Liz Calabrese -

Link to brainstorm list of Questions to think about
Link to record of communications
Link to beginning of Survey questions for the aiken_intrend.jpg community
Link to the Feb. 8th Survery: sent to all RSENR community members.
Link to the Survey results
Another more concise format:

A PDF of the solarium plan including the location of planters:


Hey guys here are some phone pictures i took during the tour. Thought they might be useful to see how far along the solarium currently is. -Walker

Living Machine Side --->
Conference room area

Solarium, you can see the wierd concrete box thing in the middle