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The Living Umbrella


A beautiful flowering garden as a patio umbrella!

Choose your favorite flowering or edible vine to create your special Living Umbrella. Pleasantly surprise your guests with our all-natural shade solution.

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The Living Umbrella


A beautiful flowering garden as a patio umbrella!

Choose your favorite flowering or edible vine to create your special Living Umbrella. Pleasantly surprise your guests with our all-natural shade solution.

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A Flowering Canopy

We’ve reimagined the patio umbrella with green thinking to bring you and your guests the Living Umbrella - a beautiful canopy of flowering and edible plants. Living Umbrellas provide shade, cool your space, reduce the use of plastics, and draw people in with the natural calming power of plants. Maintenance is made simple with a solar-powered, automated watering system.

 
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Living Umbrella for any outdoor space


Living Umbrella for any outdoor space


Elevate your outdoor room, patio or pool deck by adding an unexpected green twist. Your guests will be delighted to gather, dine, and linger under our natural canopy. Living Umbrellas can go anywhere. Their stand alone irrigation system means that watering is automatic and solar-powered!

 

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Our Customers


Our Customers


Happy home owners in Frederick, Maryland sitting under their brand new Living Umbrella in 2017.

Happy home owners in Frederick, Maryland sitting under their brand new Living Umbrella in 2017.

Vaso’s Greek Bistro in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 1118 King St.

Vaso’s Greek Bistro in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 1118 King St.

The Wine Kitchen on Carrol Creek in old town Frederick, Maryland.

The Wine Kitchen on Carrol Creek in old town Frederick, Maryland.

La Quinta Inn in Ocean City, Maryland

La Quinta Inn in Ocean City, Maryland

Suntory Flowers uses the Living Umbrella as a centerpiece of their tradeshows. You can almost hear the steel drums banging out some tropical island music.

Suntory Flowers uses the Living Umbrella as a centerpiece of their tradeshows. You can almost hear the steel drums banging out some tropical island music.

University of Maryland is where we developed the idea. This is our very first prototype right outside the Student Union.

University of Maryland is where we developed the idea. This is our very first prototype right outside the Student Union.

Waterfront homeowner on the Chesapeake Bay. Its actually on a floating dock!

Waterfront homeowner on the Chesapeake Bay. Its actually on a floating dock!


"We've had to start taking reservations for the Living Canopies tables because they're so popular."

                          -Vaso’s Kitchen, Powhatan St, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia,  facebook.com/vasoskitchensince2006

"Living Canopies installed 5 living umbrellas the week before Mother's Day. We got so much attention from them that we had the best Mother's Day brunch ever."

                          -The Wine Kitchen, Carroll Creek, Frederick, Maryland, thewinekitchen.com/frederick

"We purchased the Living Canopy with table, and absolutely love it. This is the coolest product I've seen in 10 years." 

                          - Dan S., Homeowner. 

How it works


How it works


The complete Living Umbrella includes a frame and base, a solar-powered watering system, and the canopy of plants. For the residential model for your Outdoor Room or Backyard Patio you can purchase the pieces that you want. For Commercial purchases we off Suntory Flower’s Sun Parasol Giant Mandevillas. The mandevillas grow best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade for part of the day. Like any other plant, Living Umbrellas need watering and care. Solar power delivers water through the post of the umbrella directly to the soil in the canopy. They are mobile and sturdy enough to endure adverse weather conditions. They can be placed in your outdoor room, your patio, your sundeck, your pool deck or just about anywhere you want beautiful shade.

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Sturdy Frame and Base 

The Living Umbrella's frame has soil pots and a metal trellis to keep the plants aloft. For strength and maneuverability, the frame is made of aluminum. For stability the base support is powder-coated steel. Beautiful plants spring forth from the soil pots located at the top of the frame. Each Living Umbrella can hold four 3-gallon 10-inch potted plants. 

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Mandevilla Flowers

Tropical Sun Parasol mandevilla is our go-to-plant for Living Umbrellas. They sizzle all summer long and produce flowers nonstop from April through October in temperate zones and all-year round in tropical areas. Choose from three gorgeous colors: Red Crimson, Giant White, and Giant Pink. 

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SolarSmart Irrigation for Carefree Watering 

Our SolarSmart Irrigation watering system makes plant-care easy and effective with our patented technology. SolarSmart runs on solar power and knows when your plants need watering. It delivers water directly to the soil only when the plants need it. Solar-power means your Living Umbrella can be placed anywhere on your patio. You just fill the water tank at the base once weekly and that's all the maintenance it needs.