Sourced from Eco Warrior Princess
When back-to-basics meets modern agricultural science, it checks off more boxes than you’d ever imagine. Vertical gardens — or living walls — created as decorative statement pieces are increasingly found in high-end hotels, cutting-edge business and resort lobbies.
Vertical gardens offer a powerful visual draw even as they improve air content and acoustic quality. Living walls on the exterior of a building extend green space, often in an urban setting, and help cool the buildup of industrial heat. Exterior green walls even protect ground structures from UV radiation and water absorption after heavy rains.
Love the look of them and wondering how you can you build a living wall in your home or office? Depending on the scope, your project may be as simple as fixing flower pots to a wooden frame or as complex as installing a self-watering system along a continuous wall several stories high.
Whatever type of plan you’re considering, we’ve compiled some basic guidance tips to help you mitigate the ins and outs of vertical gardening.
What is a living wall?
A living wall consists of successive panels of plants which grow vertically, sometimes using the principle of hydroponics. Hydroponics is soil-free gardening. Within a hydroponic system, plants receive the nutrients necessary for photosynthesis directly through their water source.
Hydroponic systems self-water through hidden pipes in either a drip-down or circulatory fashion. Water tanks require routine refilling when dry.
Not all vertical gardens are soil-free. Simpler versions — perhaps more appropriate for rookie green wall enthusiasts— use a growing medium such as a mixture of peat moss and charcoal. In this instance, pots are hand-watered individually as needed.
Why build a living wall?
Vertical gardens offers plenty of benefits, while taking up very little space:
- Cleans ambient air by filtering pollutants
- Absorbs sound
- Brings nature into everyday work and play space
- Reduces energy costs
- Reflects light