30 Mar 2017


When you don’t have a large property, it can seem like having a garden is simply out of reach. A traditional garden requires a significant amount of horizontal space, making it a less than ideal option for many. At Planters, we specialise in the creation of thriving gardens designed to work in the smallest spaces through a technique called vertical gardening. So, if you thought that your property wasn’t large enough to have a lush green space, here is how the addition of a living vertical wall can make your dream of having a garden a reality.

Lightspace Plant Walls

Ideal for Indoor Spaces

When it comes to adding plants in an indoor space, many people think their only option is to add a few potted plants throughout the space. While potted plants can work, they are limited in size. Additionally, they take up either valuable workspace or on the floor, limiting some of your other design choices or impacting your ability to get certain job duties done.

Living walls can provide a large amount of greenery without having to sacrifice any work surfaces or floor space. This can be ideal when you are dealing with an already small space and want to experience the benefits that only lush plant life have to offer. They also serve as a focal point, functioning as much as a design element as any painting.

Perfect for Urban Environments

If you live or work in the city, the ability to create a traditional horizontal garden may be highly limited. Often, buildings in urban environments don’t have much green space, if any, making the addition of a garden nearly impossible.

Vertical gardens can be added to almost any outdoor environment. They can be created against existing fences or exterior walls, giving you all of the benefits of a beautiful green space without the need for a significant amount of real estate. Additionally, they can be customised with a wide range of plants, letting you choose options for their purely aesthetic value or their ability to produce fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy.

Living walls also help clear the air of pollutants while removing excess carbon dioxide. In turn, they release oxygen and add moisture to the air. This can help you create a small oasis even if you live in a traditionally dry climate.

Faster Creation and Simplified Tending

Installing a living wall can actually be faster than a traditional garden. Instead of digging individual holes in the soil, vertical gardens are designed around plants that either climb or hang. This means fewer plants are actually required to get a significant amount of coverage. And, when you choose options that grow quickly, the space can actually be filled with relative ease.

Additionally, many green walls feature vines or similar plants. All you have to do to keep the space looking neat is to steer and coax the vines in the direction you prefer them to grow. This means you don’t have to spend time cutting and shaping a plant to achieve an ideal look.

Protect Exterior Structures

A vertical garden used on an exterior wall has the added benefit of protecting the structure from the elements. This includes limiting extreme temperature fluctuates on the surface, a process that can damage organic building materials, as well as shield the surface from damage associated with wind or rain. The plants also provide a shield from damaging UV rays which can harm exterior surfaces over time.

Energy Efficiency

When vertical gardens are placed on the inside or outside of exterior walls, they function as an additional layer of insulation. During hot summer months or cooler winter months, this can help improve the efficiency of the building through better internal temperature management.

Living Plant Walls
If you choose the right plants, you can also limit the amount of water required. Since the structure is vertical, water that reaches the top plants will trickle towards the bottom if they aren’t absorbed. By choosing options that prefer a drier soil on top and those that flourish in a higher amount of moisture near the bottom, you can ensure that any runoff from the top is being used by plants lower to the ground.

Bypass Soil Quality Issues

In some cases, a piece of property has less than ideal soil quality. When the soil is in poor condition, growing plants can be challenging at best or may require significant work to make it suitable for planting. Vertical gardens do not rely on the ground soil in many cases. Instead, a suitable potting soil is added to containers to meet the needs of the plants or, when hydroponics are at play, soil isn’t required at all.

This means that spaces that otherwise could not support plant life can be used for a vertical garden without having to work to improve soil quality first. The approach can also limit the number of weeds that have to be managed, making it ideal for those who traditional have issues with weeds. It can even help prevent pests from damaging the plants, simplifying care even further.

Support the Plants' Natural Growth

Most plants are more likely to thrive when given the opportunity to spread upward. A green wall is based on the principle of vertical growth, meaning it is designed with the ideal growth pattern of many plants in mind. The system supports additional air circulation and can help increase sun exposure for the plants placed near the top while providing shade for those near the bottom.

Increased Accessibility

Plants that are grown vertically are often easier to access than a garden spread across the ground. They are easier to tend for those with mobility issues, such as those resulting from prior knee or back injuries or conditions like arthritis. This means gardening can be added to the lives of many more individuals when constructed as a plant wall instead of a traditional horizontal garden.

With all of these benefits, it is easy to see why vertical gardens are important to our lives whether you live in an urban environment, work in an office, or simply want to enjoy the benefits of plants in more of your spaces.
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Why is Vertical Gardening Important?

30 Mar 2017

When you don’t have a large property, it can seem like having a garden is simply out of reach. A traditional garden requires a significant amount of horizontal space, making it a less than ideal option for many. At Planters, we specialise in the creation of thriving gardens designed to work in the smallest spaces through a technique called vertical gardening. So, if you thought that your property wasn’t large enough to have a lush green space, here is how the addition of a living vertical wall can make your dream of having a garden a reality.

Lightspace Plant Walls

Ideal for Indoor Spaces

When it comes to adding plants in an indoor space, many people think their only option is to add a few potted plants throughout the space. While potted plants can work, they are limited in size. Additionally, they take up either valuable workspace or on the floor, limiting some of your other design choices or impacting your ability to get certain job duties done.

Living walls can provide a large amount of greenery without having to sacrifice any work surfaces or floor space. This can be ideal when you are dealing with an already small space and want to experience the benefits that only lush plant life have to offer. They also serve as a focal point, functioning as much as a design element as any painting.

Perfect for Urban Environments

If you live or work in the city, the ability to create a traditional horizontal garden may be highly limited. Often, buildings in urban environments don’t have much green space, if any, making the addition of a garden nearly impossible.

Vertical gardens can be added to almost any outdoor environment. They can be created against existing fences or exterior walls, giving you all of the benefits of a beautiful green space without the need for a significant amount of real estate. Additionally, they can be customised with a wide range of plants, letting you choose options for their purely aesthetic value or their ability to produce fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy.

Living walls also help clear the air of pollutants while removing excess carbon dioxide. In turn, they release oxygen and add moisture to the air. This can help you create a small oasis even if you live in a traditionally dry climate.

Faster Creation and Simplified Tending

Installing a living wall can actually be faster than a traditional garden. Instead of digging individual holes in the soil, vertical gardens are designed around plants that either climb or hang. This means fewer plants are actually required to get a significant amount of coverage. And, when you choose options that grow quickly, the space can actually be filled with relative ease.

Additionally, many green walls feature vines or similar plants. All you have to do to keep the space looking neat is to steer and coax the vines in the direction you prefer them to grow. This means you don’t have to spend time cutting and shaping a plant to achieve an ideal look.

Protect Exterior Structures

A vertical garden used on an exterior wall has the added benefit of protecting the structure from the elements. This includes limiting extreme temperature fluctuates on the surface, a process that can damage organic building materials, as well as shield the surface from damage associated with wind or rain. The plants also provide a shield from damaging UV rays which can harm exterior surfaces over time.

Energy Efficiency

When vertical gardens are placed on the inside or outside of exterior walls, they function as an additional layer of insulation. During hot summer months or cooler winter months, this can help improve the efficiency of the building through better internal temperature management.

Living Plant Walls
If you choose the right plants, you can also limit the amount of water required. Since the structure is vertical, water that reaches the top plants will trickle towards the bottom if they aren’t absorbed. By choosing options that prefer a drier soil on top and those that flourish in a higher amount of moisture near the bottom, you can ensure that any runoff from the top is being used by plants lower to the ground.

Bypass Soil Quality Issues

In some cases, a piece of property has less than ideal soil quality. When the soil is in poor condition, growing plants can be challenging at best or may require significant work to make it suitable for planting. Vertical gardens do not rely on the ground soil in many cases. Instead, a suitable potting soil is added to containers to meet the needs of the plants or, when hydroponics are at play, soil isn’t required at all.

This means that spaces that otherwise could not support plant life can be used for a vertical garden without having to work to improve soil quality first. The approach can also limit the number of weeds that have to be managed, making it ideal for those who traditional have issues with weeds. It can even help prevent pests from damaging the plants, simplifying care even further.

Support the Plants' Natural Growth

Most plants are more likely to thrive when given the opportunity to spread upward. A green wall is based on the principle of vertical growth, meaning it is designed with the ideal growth pattern of many plants in mind. The system supports additional air circulation and can help increase sun exposure for the plants placed near the top while providing shade for those near the bottom.

Increased Accessibility

Plants that are grown vertically are often easier to access than a garden spread across the ground. They are easier to tend for those with mobility issues, such as those resulting from prior knee or back injuries or conditions like arthritis. This means gardening can be added to the lives of many more individuals when constructed as a plant wall instead of a traditional horizontal garden.

With all of these benefits, it is easy to see why vertical gardens are important to our lives whether you live in an urban environment, work in an office, or simply want to enjoy the benefits of plants in more of your spaces.
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