If you love plants and nature, but you are not a fan of pots nor you have room for them, a vertical garden may be the perfect solution for your home. Vertical gardens or green walls are, as their name suggests – gardens that grow vertically and can be placed inside or outside of your home. And apart from looking modern and beautiful, they also have many other health and environmental benefits.
How to build your own green wall
Your first consideration should be whether you want to place it outside or inside. If it is your first time creating a green wall in your home, a good advice would be to start with an indoor wall which is both easier to maintain and build. You may or may not want to meet and talk to a garden specialist to get a few tips. You need to consider which plants to use and how to arrange them in the best and most aesthetically pleasing way.
There are several ways to organize a vertical garden. Generally speaking, these walls are basically combinations of shelves and plant containers that are attached directly to the wall. Some plants can even hang from the ceiling, and some more complicated configurations can contain both horizontal and vertical structures. However, the most important part is to ensure every plant gets the proper amount of water and light.
They are protecting your walls
If you opt for an outdoor vertical garden, it will protect your wall. Plants are going to prevent dramatic fluctuations in terms of temperature, and that is going to prevent the possible corrosion that occurs during extreme temperature changes. How does it work? It is simple – plants act as natural insulation that keeps the air inside the building cool during warmer months and warm during colder months while allowing the building to breathe. Also, living walls are protecting the building from wind, precipitation, UV rays and corrosive rain, and provide a natural environment for butterflies, birds, and bees.
They are energy savers
To put it simply, when placed on the building’s exterior, plants are protecting the building from the sun’s heat, which means less energy is needed to cool the place down (the additional layer is preventing the heat from escaping). Interior walls are doing the same job. The more plants you add, the more energy you will save. Therefore, the temperature in a room that has around hundred plants can be reduced by up to 44 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 Celsius.
They are improving the indoor air quality
It is a well-known fact that pollutants are literally everywhere around us – both outdoors and indoors. Countless toxic vapors infiltrate the air in our homes through ductwork and air systems, and they are causing a thing called: the sick building syndrome. A green wall can significantly clear up many if not all the toxins in your home. And while all plants can absorb pollutants, there are plants such as Aloe Vera, bamboo palm, azalea, spider plant etc. that do this job best – the more you add, the more toxins will be absorbed.
Note that there is also no limit when it comes to how many species of plants you can implement in your green wall. And after creating it, you will remove harmful pollutants, such as VOCs, Formaldehyde, carbon monoxide from your home.
They are reducing the level of noise
One of the lesser-known benefits of green walls is that they can also act as sound insulators. All around the world, plants are being planted by the roads and highways to reduce all that noise, and the same can be done in your own home. Plants naturally block high-frequency sounds while the structure that holds them can diminish low-frequency noises. And as green walls are becoming more and more popular, they will probably soon be implemented in all urban environments. People will no longer have to adapt to all the hustle and bustle outside.
They are beautiful
Not only are green walls beneficial in terms of health and sustainability, but they also act as a great statement piece in any home by creating an alluring and inviting environment. Their appearance is both impressive and calming because they are the thing that instantly reconnects us with nature – which is exactly what we need in today’s fast life.
Green walls give you the best of both worlds: looks and sustainability, and they are definitely decorations worth considering.
* source - Derek Lotts *
Derek Lotts is a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator and writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.