Vegetating the walls of gardens or balconies in the city means transforming often undeveloped vertical surfaces into hanging gardens . It amounts to offering a cocoon of greenery in the heart of urban greyness! How to dress walls with plants in a simple and aesthetic way? Several possible solutions according to needs or desires.
Plant the walls to save space
Creating a wall garden above all increases the area available for planting. When space is limited, so do not deprive yourself of green walls .
The cladding of vertical surfaces with trellises or stainless steel cables offers the opportunity to install climbing plants (discover two climbing plants easy to live here ). It’s a simple way to create a green wall if the foliage is evergreen. This technique, unfortunately, is necessarily limited in number of plants and the effect obtained may lack variety.
That’s why hanging garden solutions are particularly interesting for greening the walls. This technique makes it possible to create a veritable vertical garden and to associate foliage, flowers and even aromatics, as it is done horizontally. This is so much room gained on the ground to install a dining area or reading area for example. And that without losing the pleasure of growing plants.
Vegetate the walls to make everything grow
The use of planters or pots with water reserve specially designed to be hung on the wall allows to give free rein to its desires while preserving the aesthetics. The plantations are at eye level and at hand while maintenance is simplified thanks to the built-in water tank.
In a more “ecological” approach, pots, bags or pockets made of geotextile ensure the proper development of plants thanks to the subtle balance between earth, air and water. The aesthetic bias is that of a trendy urban design “nature”. Simple solutions to create a plant wall !
There is also the possibility of using classic pots to green the walls and create a more personal decor but beware of the risk of overflowing or fouling!
Everyone is free to imagine original or customized solutions to create a vertical garden , be it by cloth-wrapping pieces of pipe or by recycling plastic bottles as was done in Brazil by a design company ( gardens verticals in town here ) for example.
In these cases, the difficulty is to ensure a good drainage guaranteeing the longevity of the plants.
Create a real
To avoid problems of watering and drainage, the ideal is to put in place a solution specially designed to revegetate the walls in the best conditions. These modular systems can adapt according to the surface to be planted. Pan of wall or whole wall, everything is possible!
These devices inspired by the work of Patrick Blanc , the creator of the plant wall , incorporate an efficient watering and drainage system. The excess water is evacuated and recovered at the bottom. So the roots do not soak and do not rot!
It remains only to plant respecting the principle of the vertical garden . This consists in placing plants that are able to withstand drought and at the bottom of moist soil plants. For the upper part, sedum , thyme , saxifrage or sedge are well adapted. In central part, ivy , heuchère , impatiens or cutthroat will find their place. The ferns or the periwinkles as for them, will like lower part. There is more to enjoy this green setting which, in addition, serves as excellent thermal insulation!
Planting the walls is an effective way to take advantage of the least space to create a cocoon of greenery in the city. The green wall of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris designed by Patrick Blanc , to see here , is a XXL size model of what can be done in this area!
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