The vertical gardens or the living green walls are basically adding another sort of dimension to your space whether it is indoors or outdoors. Irrespective of the type of plants you would want to grow up in the garden, you could always save a little space for a garden that aesthetically looks amazing and also grows up. These vertical gardens are turning out to be one of the hottest trend in terms of designing a space instead of keeping it just blank. But it is also an oldest mode of designing which people have started to opt for lately due to the numerous benefits it is coming up with. These vertical gardens would immediately draw its attention for disguising a particular section which is not attractive or has some flaws. This kind of gardening style is turning out to be one of the perfect solution for any kind of garden whether it is indoors or it is out.
Below are few of the basic tips that everyone looking to create these gardens should be well aware about.
Identify what type of garden you would want to create:
Firstly, it is important to understand the type of vertical garden you would want to create. The reason for the same is because there is multiple type of vertical gardens to choose from. One of the easiest type of vertical garden is the container style garden wherein it would mean that there would be potted plants which are attached to the wall or they would be displayed in rows or there can be planters which are stacked. Another type of vertical garden would be pocket garden that would feature various plants inserted inside the pockets which are made from either canvas or felt. You can also have the vertical gardens grown in certain large plastic or the wooden wall planter that would be having panels or slots. You can also make use of the recycled wooden shipping pallets for these kind of structures wherein the soil is basically less contained. In case if you are going in for the wooden pallets then the landscaping fabric would need to stapled at the bottom, sides and to the back.
Identify where to place these vertical garden:
These vertical garden can just go about at anyplace whether it indoors or whether it is outdoors. The type of sunlight exposure would best determine the placement of this garden. The type of plant would also determine where the placement should be. For example, if you are going in for certain succulent plants then you would need to go in for a place that just has partly exposure to the sun instead of the full sun light. You also get certain containers which are modular hence they can be hung outside during the summer season and then get them inside during the winter season.
Choose your plants wisely:
There are various types of plants that can be planted in these vertical gardens. All you have to do is get a proper idea on what type of weather conditions suit which plant, the watering required for each and so on. You can grow succulents, veggies, herbs, certain trailing varieties, vines, ferns and so on. You should be well aware of the flexibility of each plants since these are being grown in the vertical form. There are certain woody varieties such as shrubs, vines which have wooden and rigid stems hence they would tend to grow parallel to the floor instead of flowing downwards whereas certain herbaceous plants such as ferns or flowers would have softer and green colored stem that would droop down.
Get a mixture of same habit plants:
Whenever you select the plants, it would be better to get the ones that share the same habit. For example, you may want to go in for either an all-sun or an all-shade plants. Also at the same time you may also want to go in for those having similar kind of growth rate since it would avoid one plant taking over the other in terms of growth rate. Different plants grow in a different manner in the vertical garden. Few of them would need to attached physically to the structures whereas few others would loop themselves around the opening of the trellis.
Vertical gardens can dry out quickly similar to the potted ones hence the potting of the soil would help in retaining the water and also it would hold on to the moisture which is very much required for plants to grow. There is another important factor that is gravity which ideally pulls the water down. Those plants which would not be requiring too much of water are mostly recommended to be kept at the top part of the garden since it would tend to dry up quickly. Those plants which are very much suited for wet conditions can be placed at the bottom part of the structure. Also you can anchor the vertical garden in place even before you would allow the planting to take place so as to avoid any kind of disturbance to the stems or the root of the plants. Try to keep any of the tall structures or any of the cast shadows away from these gardens else it would affect the growing patterns of the plants placed in these garden.
For those using the wooden pallet or a container having panels can grow plants horizontally for a few weeks’ time so as to allow the roots to set in properly and hold the soil in place. In case if you are looking to plant them vertically first then the roots would need to grow still hence here gravity comes into picture. Using hanging baskets are also considered to be one of the elements of vertical gardening. You can also attach a drip irrigation facility for the case of ease in watering. For those who already have an existing structure which can include a shed or a garage then you can add in trellis at the front of the walls so that these vertical plants would have some strong structure to support their stems but at the same time ensure that it does not lead to any damage of the wall.