Living walls, or vertical gardens, are an excellent way to make a statement in any one of your home’s interior rooms. You may have seen them in beautiful hotel lobbies or lining the wall of your favourite shopping malls, but did you know you can get the look in your home, too?
The lush, vertical installations create a refreshing atmosphere, bringing the benefits of nature inside your home, while also creating a piece of art. They improve your indoor air quality, promote a healthy indoor climate and are striking to look at. If you have a small yard or live in an urban center that’s lacking greenery, a living wall may be just what you need to enhance your space!
What is a Living Wall?
A living wall is a collection of wall mounted plants. It’s a living installation used to bring the outdoors in, and elevate your indoor space with gorgeous foliage. But creating a vertical garden is more than simply throwing a bunch of plants together into a wall system. Wondering how to design the perfect living wall for your space? Let’s dive in!
Choosing the Perfect Location
Depending on your design style, a living wall can typically work in most rooms of the house, but it’s important to choose the perfect location for your house design and for the plants themselves. Your living wall will need lots of natural sunlight to thrive and grow beautifully. The more light there is, the more options you’ll have for the plants you use in your installation.
Whether you choose to put a vertical garden in your kitchen, living room, or even up the wall of your staircase, it will create a beautiful statement in your home.
Choosing Your Plants
With a living wall, it’s very important to choose plants that require the same requirements for sun and water. This ensures everything gets watered at the right time and can thrive together, rather than you having to worry about over-watering some plants and others not getting enough of what they need. If you want a low maintenance wall, succulents, ferns and low ground covers are a good choice!
You have a number of possibilities when it comes to the colour palette of your wall. You may decide a single species and shade is more in line with your decor, or perhaps you’ll add oranges, reds, and yellows to enhance the contrast and energy of your living wall.
You’ll also have to consider the texture of the plants you choose. Contrasting textures can be extremely eye-catching, especially if you choose to go with plants in all one colour.
Living Wall Maintenance
There are a few different options when it comes to maintaining your living wall. The first is a self-watering system, which is preferable for low-maintenance home owners. If you plan to manually water your vertical garden, be careful not to over water it, and again, to make this easier, stick to plants that require the same amount of water and sun.
You should clean your plants as well, since bugs can be a problem. Wipe the plants with regular soap and water to keep them clean, and you may need to trim or prune them if they begin to grow out of control.
A living wall is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in! Enhance your living space by creating a gorgeous vertical garden with our tips!