Living walls are fast becoming a popular way to structure your garden, as well as being able to bring the outdoors inside in a stylish and modern manner. Here’s what you’ll need to think about before you begin building your living wall.
What is a living wall?
A living wall is a vertical structure full of plants, flowers, and other vegetation to complement and decorate your garden without compromising any floorspace you might have. These greenery structures are great for separating parts of your garden, adding privacy, and can also be used indoors to bring some more nature and balance into your home.
What are the benefits?
Having a living wall in your home or garden can help lift your mood and create a relaxed feeling whilst also adding depth and dimension to a space. The plants will also help to purify the air and give you better breathing quality. You could even try adding in herbs like mint that you can grow and use for your cooking, or to add a natural fragrance instead of air fresheners.
Living walls are also great solutions for those who don’t have a u, such as those who live in terraced houses or flats, as it can help bring the natural world inside. They also make great educational tools as you can teach your children about the responsibility of growing and caring for plants as well as how they adapt and change over time.
How can you create a living wall?
Consider your budget before embarking on your project, and remember it’s good to start with a few basic plans before you jump right in.
Think about the planters you will be using
Regular planters won’t always work, and you’ll need to look at vertical ones that can support your plants whilst they are suspended in the air. It’s probably also good to consider the weight of the plants you’re buying and whether they will grow much larger, as you will need to get bigger planters later down the line if that is the case.
Consider the type of plant you want
Do you have young children or pets? It’s good to ensure that your plants are non-toxic and pet-friendly. Not all are, so it’s important to do your research on this one.
Also think about your lifestyle; are you able to commit time each day to water and nurture your plants? Or are you quite busy and will struggle to remember? If so, think about getting plants that require less care and attention and can fend for themselves if you are going to be away for a few days.
Think about getting plants with shallow roots that don’t disease easily, as these types of plants could tarnish the others and end up making your living wall look dull and unloved.
Remember to check with your landlord first
if you are renting, as installing a new wall feature could go against your tenancy agreement. If this is the case, you could try making a living wall out of freestanding cabinets instead. This way, you won’t be damaging any of the ceiling or walls with fixtures and screws.