Nowdays, the idea of green walls has become very fashionable. Either part of a building or free standing, this sustainable innovation is healthy and great to look at. Also known as living walls, these vertical gardens are packed with flora that benefits everything from our lungs to our ears!
Green walls are great for those who don’t have much garden space. Although a professional will be needed for larger scale projects, this is still something you can attempt yourself on a smaller scale at home. 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.
You are now ready to 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.
Finally you will want to 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.