What is a vertical garden?
It’s a garden. That’s vertical. A vertical garden is also referred to as a living wall or green wall. Basically it’s a way to turn a wall into a space of living greenery without having dirt rain down on you. They can be made to fit spaces both large and small and the ones at Luscious Living Spaces are designed to be modular, so you can easily fit any wall with the perfect garden.
What are the benefits of a vertical garden?
Aside from looking pretty, vertical garden have been scientifically proven to improve air quality in built up urban areas. Plants are natural filters and are able to take the carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with much needed oxygen. They filter pollutants from the air and also help regulate air temperature and humidity. When a lvertical garden is installed on the external wall of your home, it acts as an excellent natural insulator, making the temperature inside several degrees lower. Plus they allow you to make use of a bare wall and create a lush green vista. Did we mention they’re pretty?
How do vertical gardens work?
Our vertical gardens are a series of plastic pods stacked on top of each other. Just to be difficult we call the pods ‘cells’. You fill the cells with a high quality potting mix. You can also use a combination of potting soil and perlite or peat moss. Your plants grow in the cells and you simply water into the top of the vertical garden to water the plants—our gardens are designed to allow water to flow through the cells from top to bottom.
You can also connect an irrigation system to do the watering for you if you’re lazy like us. Then you sit back and watch the plants grow. Or not. Plants grow very slowly.
Are vertical gardens easy to install?
Yes! Our Living wall planters are easily fixed to any wall with a mounting bracket or steel mesh that you can purchase from us or buy from your local Bunnings store—just need to use the correct fixing screws for your wall surface. Different wall materials require different types of fixing devices. If you are uncertain about what type of screw or fitting to use, contact us or your local hardware store.
What plants do you recommend? What kind of plants can grow in a vertical garden?
Explore your plant options with respect to light and shade. The most important thing is to choose plants that will survive where you are planting them. There are some species that survive very well in low light. Others require more light.
We recommend choosing small – medium size plants with a shallow root system. You can choose plants that will spread and we suggest planting every few cells, or more compact plants that can be planted in every cell. It is up to you what look you are trying to achieve.
Herbs are good if you like cooking, and succulents are a low maintenance option that’s always very popular. Talk to the plant experts at your local garden nursery.
Where do I buy plants?
We recommend a plant nursery, but these days you’ll probably find them at your local hardware store or market. You can also grow seeds, which you can find in the above places as well as most supermarkets.
How often do you water them?
As often as your plants need it. Daily watering along the top row only, is normally required when using our Living Wall systems. For most situations, we recommend connecting the planters to an automatic irrigation system. A simple drip tube across the top, set to water twice daily, will provide adequate moisture for most situations. Recirculation systems are more water efficient, with a tank, pump and timers set to run once a day for 30 minutes for most situations. The amount of water required is plant and climate dependant but an average would be approximately 2 liters per panel per watering. Each cell has a water retention area so that it holds water when it flows through the panels. We always say keep an eye on your plants, they will look sad if they need water.
What if a plant dies?
Take it out and replace with a new one. You might need to top up whatever growth medium you’re using too.
What sort of upkeep will I need to do?
With carefully selected plants and proper irrigation they take care of themselves. The only thing that may need to be done is the odd trimming of dead leaves or fertilising, or adding plants as necessary if replacements are needed. It is very similar to house or garden plants in that way. The Living wall will look good as long as the health of the wall is regularly checked.
If I move house can my vertical garden come with me?
Yes! If you’re using one of our DIY living wall kits, you can easily move your vertical garden to your new home. If you’re building directly onto the wall then you’d have to rebuild a new garden at your new house and transfer everything across. It’s doable, but vertical gardens can also be a great selling feature, so leaving it in could be a better move. Really it’s up to you.