Though dreaming about a beautiful garden in front of the house is quite common, lack of space or time makes people give up the idea. So here comes vertical garden, which is also called a green wall as a trendy solution on in recent years. Earlier, vertical gardens were spotted only on the walls of high end hotels, offices and luxury houses. However, now, vertical gardens are spreading greenery onto the walls of ordinary houses as well.
A vertical garden is set on specially installed frames or other arrangements on the wall. Not just the outer walls, the vertical gardens are used to decorate the interiors as well. The garden is grown in modules comprising of various plastic pots. The frame and the pots wouldn’t be visible in most of the cases unless it is set up as a designer feature. Cocopeat, vermiculite and perlite are used as the medium to grow the plants. It is better to avoid using organic manure to aid the growth of the plants. A module, including the plant, medium and the pot, would cost around Rs 500. The removable modules can be arranged in the desired patterns and designs.
Jaleesh of Ecofarms says that a vertical garden could be aesthetically set at any part of the house. Vertical gardens could be arranged as decorative features on walls or beneath the stairway. These are also used as partitions between the living and the dining areas or other open spaces in the house. It can also be used as a highlighter on walls. A green wall in the balcony will elevate the overall look of the house.
Not all plants could be grown in a vertical garden. Plants which grow into huge bushes do not suit a vertical garden. Instead, small plants with lots of foliage and that are easy to grow in our climate could be opted. Plants which gain weight as it grows should be avoided as it many crack the walls. A designer garden could be set up by aesthetically arranging various plants with colorful leaves or flowers. In houses, vertical gardens up to 7 – 8 feet high are usually arranged.
Cryptanthus and syngonium plants are mostly used in a vertical garden. Syngonium plants are available in lots of colors which are incredibly attractive. Chlorophytum or ribbon plants, asparagus, different types of ferns, mini anthuriums and philodendrone are also grown on a green wall. Beautiful aglaonema could be chosen to decorate the interiors. Drip line automated facilities could be installed in the frames to water the plants.
Besides adding to the charm of the house, the vertical gardens help control the temperature in the interiors to a certain extent. Experts in this field say that the green walls are sound proof as well. The beautiful sight of the lush green plants and the colorful flowers help you relax to refresh.