Vertical gardens, also known as green walls and living wall art, can be the perfect backdrop if you want to cover up an unattractive wall, maximise your green-space or simply feel like styling in a different way. Let’s go vertical…
Thinking about green-styling urban areas can leave us feeling helpless or even slightly discouraged. Not knowing how, what to do or where to start, can be a deal breaker when wanting to go more green at home. The differences between indoor and outdoor vertical gardens are mainly the size and weight, and need to be taken into consideration when planning where you want to create your living art wall.
Benefits of a vertical garden:
- “Growing up” can create a higher crop yield
- Beautify a space
- Grow more (and different) plants
- Maximise limited space
- Create a backdrop or entrance
- Improve the air quality
- Insulate a building from noise, pollution or air
Growing a vertical wall garden indoors is the perfect way to get your herb garden without taking up precious kitchen space
– Living Wall Art
Plant various greenery directly on a wall with a framework or fill earthy containers with healthy soil and hang your newly-created garden in the kitchen. Add herbs to your selection and create your own herb garden; a quick and easy reach when cooking up a storm.
Start small and build your own at home. Attempt to create a small-scale green wall in your own backyard or against a wall inside. Let Living Wall Art lead the way with their step-by-step guide on going green upwards:
Select the space you wish to use for your very own green wall. Get started by building a frame – you will need a good, solid structure which can be hung onto the wall. Plastic is generally considered the most appropriate material to use. A plastic sheet must then be attached to the frame to stop water from leaking.
Attach a layer of fabric to the frame, which will act as the foundation your plants will live and grow from. Use a material which has effective water retention properties and lets roots grow through – felt is often the material of choice here.
Set up an irrigation system for the water to be able to reach all parts of the wall. The usual style is to attach a tube across the top of your wall, which will drip water down throughout the whole structure. As this is one of the most important aspects, you will most likely want to consult an expert in the field. At this point you will also need to add a fertilising system.
Green It Up
Choose and insert the plants you want to include in your green wall. This is entirely down to your personal preference. Just take into account the current aesthetics of the room or garden where you are constructing your green wall.
Succulents are an excellent choice for a vertical garden because they are hearty, they grow slowly and they come in a range of colors, sizes and textures
– Living Wall Art
Growing a vertical garden with succulents?
Read here on what to do and how to create a beautiful living work of art.
Patrick Blanc, famous botanist and author (and inventor) of The Vertical Garden, has designed and styled more than 15 international landmarks and buildings with his expertise. His artworks have taken him around the world, creating work for museums, restaurants, parks, hotels and private residences, labeling him as one of the top designers in the world.
Vertical gardening is an innovative, effortless, and highly productive growing system that uses bottom-up and top-down supports for a wide variety of plants in both small and large garden spaces.
– Derek Fell, author Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out for More Vegetables & Flowers in Much Less Space
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Inspired by minimalistic design, nature and the writings of Oscar Wilde and F. Scott Fitzgerald, ELLE Deco editorial intern, Franke pursues the world through languages and photography. Apart from content creating, assisting in sourcing and styling, she has a love for traveling to new places with new faces.
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