Living walls and vertical gardening are fast becoming the choice feature for contemporary gardens.
Where space is limited, a living wall can provide a welcome dose of colour and scent, or if you don’t have the time for a lot of gardening, then it can be a more manageable way to incorporate plants into your outdoor space.
Some gardens simply aren’t suitable for creating a place full of flora, whether due to soil content, light or water issues, and it can be costly to overhaul the whole garden to make it so. Not to mention the subsequent maintenance costs to keep it looking beautiful! That’s often one of the reasons why people choose artificial grass.
Rather than abandon the garden, find a way to create a space that works for you. Vertical gardening is a fun way of making the best use of the space and surfaces that you have. Find out a little bit more below.
The two most common ways of introducing vertical gardening into a domestic garden are
- Pocket walls
- Planter walls
Pocket walls are pouches that you hang onto the wall, or any suitable structure, fill with soil and pop a plant in. These are usually quite inexpensive which is great for those on a budget. You could also use an old shoe organiser if you’ve got one lying around!
Planter walls are where crates or planters are stacked on top of each other and are part of a sturdier construction. These are more expensive to create as they are often made of wood, but they do look very stylish!
Of course, you don’t have to stick to something standard, you can use guttering, old pieces of furniture, or random containers you don’t have a use for anymore.
Things to consider
- If you live in a rented property, do you need permission to attach fixings to an exterior wall?
- Where does the sun and shade fall in your garden?
- Which plants are right for the space between the planters? How tall will the plant be when it reaches maturity?
- Water and drainage – How will you ensure all plants get an equal share of water, without being over-soaked?
If these considerations seem a bit overwhelming, they don’t have to be! You could start off small with just a couple of pots on top of a three tier step, rather than installing a whole wall of planters!
- Can better insulate the house
- Protects the house from UV damage
And it comes in artificial!
Just like artificial grass, you can buy artificial plant walls! These are great for people with allergies, and can offer texture and vibrancy to areas that were once bare.