I’ve mentioned previously how great indoor plants are for our health, so now I’m going to discuss vertical living/green walls. Green walls can exist inside or outside the home, as long as they are positioned in a well-lit place. Green, or living walls are beneficial to us in so many ways including saving you energy, protecting your home and improving your health.
Interior Living Walls
Green walls positioned inside are a great way to help improve indoor air quality. Pollutants exist all around us in the air we breathe, however, by having plants indoors these toxins can be significantly cleared up. The more plants added to your indoors, the more toxins are absorbed. Vertical living walls therefore, are the perfect solution to bringing in lots and lots of plants whilst not taking up too much of your indoor space.
Other benefits from these indoor vertical walls include sound absorption and positive psychological effects like stress relief and ease of fatigue. Plants are known to give a calming effect and are often seen in workplaces to help increase productivity. You even have the option of adding herbs and vegetables to your indoor green wall, thus providing edible health benefits as well.
Exterior Living Walls
Outdoor green walls offer your home protection by acting as a climate control. Plantings on exterior walls prevents dramatic temperature fluctuations, which then prevents the building from corrosion that results from expanding and contracting during extreme temperatures. The plants also act as a natural insulation, therefore saving energy.
The plants protect your home from the sun, therefore keeping the building cooler in summer, and help keep warm air inside during winter, therefore saving on both heating and cooling expenses. If constructed properly, exterior vertical gardens allow your building to breathe, shields the walls from precipitation, wind, harmful UV rays and corrosive rain. They also act as a natural environment for birds, butterflies and bees.
Building a Living Wall
If you plan to build a vertical green wall, it is best to speak to a garden or vertical wall specialist to get advice. Often starting with an indoor vertical wall is both easier to build and to maintain. Some specific plants that are especially good at removing toxins include aloe vera, ivy, bamboo palm, chrysanthemums, spider plants and peace lilies.
When choosing plants, consider species that naturally grow in a similar environment, such as rock or cliff faces. Choose a wall that has the right sun conditions for your chosen plants and consider humidity levels and water availability. What is generally most important is ensuring each plant gets the proper amount of light and can easily be watered.
Air also needs to be able to freely flow around the plants. When arranging plants within your vertical wall position those that are moisture loving at the lower sections, and leave the higher sections to those plants that relish sunlight and are less affected by seasonal change.