In recent times, clients have been asking me about vertical gardens and the feasibility of installing one indoors. We are often seen at airports and other public areas….but can we do it inside our homes and our offices? Yes, we can. Vertical gardens have several benefits, the prime amongst them being:
• Aesthetics: They liven up the space.
• Better Acoustics: They absorb sound.
• Improved air quality: They act as an air filter and release oxygen.
• Reduced electricity costs: They work well to bring down the temperature and humidity in a room.
Installing a Vertical Garden
You can attempt a small scale vertical garden yourself, although a large one may need professional help.
You can start by getting a robust frame which you can hang onto a wall. A non corrosive material like plastic is recommended for the frame. A plastic sheet is recommended to be attached to prevent water leakage.
A layer of fabric needs to be attached next, and this is where the plants will live and grow. A material like felt, which allows good water retention, is recommended.
Now you need to set up a drip irrigation system and here you may want to consult an expert or look up Google. Simply put, you need a tune across the top of your frame, which will drip water throughout the entire structure.
Lastly you need to select the plants that you want to include in your green wall, and this boils down to your personal choice and the overall look of the room.