What are the Benefits of Living Green Walls or Vertical Gardens?
Indoor Living Green Wall
Updated on 10th Apr 2017 by Planters
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Living Green Wall and Its Benefits 

At the Planters Group, we have had the opportunity to see how living green walls have benefited our community. This includes businesses that were struggling to add a sense of nature into an otherwise sterile environment to homeowners that love the idea of having a garden but don’t have the horizontal space necessary for a traditional installation. With decades of experience in the field, we’ve watched businesses and individuals experience benefits, such as those mentioned above, firsthand, and that means we have a chance to give our knowledge to you.

If you are considering adding a living green wall to your indoor or outdoor spaces, here are some of the unique benefits some of our clients have had a chance to enjoy.

Indoor Living Green Wall

Unique Appearance

Whether you are looking at adding a vertical garden on your property or in your business, you can expect the final product to make a strong visual statement. And, when used wisely, you can actually use a living wall to draw attention to a space that may otherwise blend in. For example, a business could surround their exterior logo and other signage with attractive greenery, using the plant wall to draw the eye in and potentially attracting new customers.

Homeowners can enjoy similar benefits, especially when it comes to improved property values and making an impression on potential buyers. Kerb appeal is a big part of making a home seem appealing. By adding a living green wall, you can stand out from other properties on the market and make a stronger impression on potential buyers.

Often, installing a living wall isn’t overly complicated, making it a quick solution to create a more striking space. It also doesn’t require a lot of horizontal room, so you don’t have to reduce the amount of usable space within the property to make a strong first impression on potential customers or buyers.

Energy Savings

Whether used on internal or external walls, vertical gardens can lead to notable energy savings, which is a significant benefit for businesses and homeowners alike. Often, green walls can help cool the air through the process of evapotranspiration. This can be ideal during hot summer months when energy use due to climate control requirements is high. Living walls also act as an additional layer of insulation, keeping preventing hot air from coming in or cool air going out in the summer, and performing the opposite function during cooler times in the winter.

In fact, by preventing extreme temperature changes on the exterior surfaces of a building, a vertical garden can even extend the life of a structure. Often, fluctuations in the temperature can damage organic construction materials, including wood. Since green walls provide an additional layer, the surface of the building isn’t subject to the level of extremes it would otherwise encounter. The same protection is also provided in regards to damaging UV rays and even weather conditions like rain and wind. This means the amount of money that must be spent on structural repairs, such as from damaged wood, or aesthetic improvements, such as covering faded paint, aren’t as demanding as they would be on an exposed surface.

Stress Reduction

Indoor Living Green Wall in a Commercial Space

Being able to view greenery has been shown to reduce stress levels in most individuals. Plants also have the ability to improve a person’s sense of well-being and lower levels of anxiety. Some people even experience lower blood pressure, a benefit that can be enjoyed by those with or without a diagnosis of high blood pressure. This means that adding a living wall in your workspace or home environment can make you feel more relaxed, leading to increased productivity.

When examined further from a workplace context, these benefits can lead to improved reaction times and increased attentiveness, making it easier to manage fast-paced job duties and adjust to changing conditions. Additionally, the perception that space is pleasant can even raise job satisfaction and improve attendance.

Supporting the Natural Environment

When vertical gardens are installed on exterior walls, you have the opportunity to support the natural environment. Often, when buildings are constructed, plant life is either removed, damaged, or put at risk. Choosing to add a living wall allows you to replace some of the greenery that has been removed, and can even help maintain balance in the local area.

Many species rely on plants to get their energy or need those species as part of their diet. Green walls can provide a source of nourishment to insects that are critical to the local biosphere and may help preserve species that may otherwise struggle to get the nutrition they need.

Simple to Add

Many people would be surprised to see how simple it is to add a vertical garden to most indoor or outdoor spaces. They can be attached to existing structure, like interior or exterior walls, with some basic frameworks. Plant wall wires can also be used to create a green wall where an existing structure isn’t currently in place. In some cases, plants can be allowed to grow downward from the top of a wall or an existing structure, letting it flow like natural curtains to create the natural division you may need.

Additionally, the plants can be layered based on their watering needs. Plants that thrive in drier conditions can be placed near the top, giving sufficient drainage to the plants below. And those that prefer a moist environment can be placed low, allowing them to collect the excess water other plants didn’t absorb. In this way, a symbiotic relationship is created, simplifying care and maintenance requirements through proper placement.

And, when plants are chosen properly, the amount of attention that is needed to keep the living wall in good shape can be adjusted to meet your preferences. Further, you can customise the look with the plants you enjoy most, including the addition of flowering varieties or those that feature additional colour to increase visual interest.

The most important part of creating a vertical garden is to choose options that will give you long-term joy. That way, any work that is required will be seen as part of the greater experience, reducing stress levels even more.
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