If you’ve seen green walls used in other innovative spaces, you already know how striking and beautiful these elements can be. Bringing in a large element that incorporates nature can break up the monotony of a corporate building that doesn’t have many windows or a lush green space right outside the window. It can also help to set a home apart from all of the others in the neighborhood. Regardless of whether your next project is a commercial or residential space, including a green wall, can be beneficial in many ways. Incorporating vertical living walls into your designs might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. While a vertical garden might sound like a hard thing to build and maintain, the process can be much simpler than you may realize, especially if you incorporate this element into your plans from the start. The visual impact and physical benefits a green wall system can bring to a space are unparalleled by any artificially created design accent. Read on to learn more about how a vertical living wall works and what it takes to keep one thriving.
What is a Living Wall?A living wall is a design feature that incorporates plants that grow vertically into a wall. This creates the visual effect of an immersive green space to add a touch of nature on the inside. The living wall can take up the entire surface of a wall, or just a section that acts as a design accent. In order to be successful, each living wall should be custom designed to suit the individual project and carefully planned. The plants are chosen to fill the spaces in the wall without spreading too far and ruining the visual effect. They also have to be species that are hardier. A plant wall can be placed inside a commercial or residential space, thanks to the design that allows it to require only minimal maintenance. With proper maintenance and care, a plant wall can continue to add a touch of nature to any space for years to come. Plant walls have existed in some form since the 1930s, but they are growing in popularity thanks to how much we now understand about the benefits they add to a space. Employers can expect to see increased productivity, better attitudes and reduced sick time from their employees when they incorporate plant life into their offices. Even in a residential space, natural elements can help the family feel healthier and improve the overall mood in the house. Another benefit of a green wall is that it is an eco-friendly way to reduce heating and cooling costs and make the home more efficient. The plants naturally help balance the temperature inside your home and can even improve the indoor air quality. This can reduce the amount of energy the home uses.
How Does a Vertical Green Wall System Work?A vertical green wall system is designed using the right species of plants to ensure they stay healthy over time and continue to stay lush and green. At Plant Solutions, we work on these projects from the start with the interior designer, architect or builder. Our team can design and create living walls to fit any open space that you want to turn into a living wall. This allows us to integrate any systems needed to keep the living wall healthy and operational, including:
- Wiring and electricity necessary to operate lighting accents
- Irrigation, plumbing, and drainage
- Internet-based controllers and sensors to keep the plants watered and healthy