Green Walls In The Wildlife Garden
Green walls or vertical gardens have become prominent and
often prestigious features at landmark venues in the major
cities throughout the world.
For the every day urban gardener who reside in these places a living wall can be anything from an existing wall or fence that
has been covered by Ivy, Honeysuckle or other climbers to a well thought out display of wall planters with various plant types that complement each other through the seasons.
With these simple but effective means an added habitat or
food source is created for the local wildlife which is a very
good reason to have a vegetated wall.
Corporate Vertical Gardens
Commercial installations will have thermal cladding and sound reduction along with wildlife habitats as reasons for installing these features.
Corporate headquarters and exclusive hotels are having their frontages covered this way. For some it will be a prestigious living art statement and for others it's part of their marketing strategy to get the building noticed. There are major retail outlets using green walls in this way either on a permanent or temporary basis.
What holds them in place?
Metal cages, Rigid plastic modular units through to stainless steel wire trellising are amongst the various ways these structures are created, while ensuring a safe installation.
Many of these systems can also be used to produce green
walls in domestic gardens, in fact one is especially designed
to convert barrier or border fences into a living wall.
Here again the three important factors to work by is the provision of adequate water, the growing medium and choosing the right plant types.
Native plants are the first best choice.
Especially plants that are either climbers or that would be happy on a Rockery or overhanging a wall. Any of the plant groups that prove successful on sparse soil locations, drought tolerant plants.
DIY Living Wall
Here is where with a little creativity and a 'give it a try' approach we can make good use of more than a few of the Sedum Plant family and if we have constructed a wall that can accommodate plants that require a richer soil and have a watering system in place then we can considerably broaden the choice of plants.
We have constructed a living wall with four containers salvaged from an Indoor Plant Company that regularly puts their used products outside with a sign saying take what you want and generally people like myself gratefully do.
The containers measure 120cm by 30cm and 30cm high.
I was also fortunate enough to notice in a local building suppliers skip discarded railings for dressing the top of decking balustrades which they kindly let me reclaim.
These were used to tie the containers together as they were stacked on top of each other producing a green wall with an overall height of 1.6 meters and 1.2 meters wide.
The end result was worth the effort!