Short on space or have a fairly large and imposing blank wall you’d like to fill with gorgeous green? Consider installing a beautiful vertical garden! 

No matter what type or size of space you have to work with, the expert landscape designers at Landart can work with you to create a stunning vertical wall garden that will bring the beauty of luscious nature to your home. Whether you want a statement winter ivy wall, a tropical oasis or a bright burst of floral colour, we can design and install something amazing for you!

Let’s learn more about vertical gardens, where they really shine and what plants are the best choice for this kind of garden installation. 

What is a vertical garden or green wall? 

A vertical garden or green wall is an installation where plants are installed against or hung on a wall or vertical surface, usually with the help of a trellis fence or small planters mounted to the wall or framework. 

Vertical wall gardens are a fantastic way to embrace nature if you live in a small apartment, or to cover a potentially unsightly wall with gorgeous flowers in a larger space. 

What are the pros and cons of vertical gardens? 

A well-designed and installed green wall that’s been curated by professional gardeners is a thing of beauty and can bring life and colour to what might otherwise have been a fairly bland space. One of the pros of vertical gardens is that they can be curated to your own taste, and can include a variety of plants, herbs and flowers in different sizes, shapes and colours. You can really create something special on a vertical wall garden! This is in comparison to climbers or hedges, where usually only one type of foliage can be used. 

If you have an outdoor patio area, then a vertical wall garden can do a great job of enclosing the area and providing screening to give you some more privacy. Green walls can also provide shade (depending on the thickness of the vegetation you choose), act as a soundproofing barrier, as well as smell amazing if you choose the right scented flowers!

One con of vertical gardens and green walls is that the limited soil capacity can mean that the plants can get fairly dry quite quickly. If your green wall is in a sunny or particularly windy location, then it may require more care than a simple hedge. This is where irrigation and having experienced landscape maintenance services in place can help with the upkeep of your vertical garden, keeping it looking consistently green, fresh and healthy. 

Where do vertical wall gardens work?

The most important factor when it comes to the success of a vertical wall garden is choosing the right spot for it. If you have a variety of spaces to choose from, then it is ideal to choose one that won’t get blasted by sun and wind. A protected courtyard that has limited light can be great for luscious and tropical types of plants. Alternatively, if you only have access to a spot that gets lots of sunlight, choosing plants like succulents and cacti will reduce the amount of maintenance needed for the plants to stay healthy and also look amazing. 

At Landart, we specialise in creating amazing vertical wall gardens, no matter the location or space you have to work with. Our professional team of horticulturists and landscape designers will be able to consult with you on the best course of action for your vertical garden or green wall. You’ll have a stunning space adding lush greenery to your home in no time!

What are the best plants for a vertical garden? 

As we’ve mentioned before, choosing the right type of plants for your vertical garden is super important to make sure it stays looking fresh and beautiful from day one. 

Plants that do well in vertical gardens include:

  • Succulents
  • Grasses
  • Coastal species
  • Bromeliads
  • Crotons
  • Ferns
  • Bird’s Nest Fern
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Hosta
  • Baby’s Tears

Alternatively, you can always create a fruitful and productive herb and vegetable assortment on a vertical wall garden. These are a great lightweight option and can also give your space an extra burst of style and colour. Some great plants to choose for a vertical wall garden include:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Wild rocket
  • English spinach
  • Chilli plants
  • Strawberries
  • Snow peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Tarragon
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Rosemary

DIY tips for vertical gardens

There are a few ‘rules of green thumb’ to follow for creating a gorgeous vertical wall garden in any kind of space!

  1. Assess your structure

The structure and membrane of your vertical green wall is the first thing you need to consider. Does your wall space or the trellis you’re going to use have particular weight restrictions? Is there a drain in place near your vertical wall? Having a professional landscape designer assess your space for vertical wall garden suitability is a great idea before you start planting. 

  1. Think about water

Your vertical wall garden needs water so it pays to think about how you’re going to maintain and water your green wall if there are no existing hoses or water systems around it. You don’t want to be using watering cans every time as this will tire you out, so it’s a good idea to have an automatic watering system installed. That way when you go on holidays your mind will be at ease knowing that the green wall is getting watered.

  1. Not all walls need to be green

Don’t just turn every wall in your space into a green wall just for the sake of it, no matter how much you love plants! Every space is different, however, it may be worth leaving some walls exposed to create depth and texture in your space. Consider your entire outdoor space together as a whole. 

  1. It’s not just about colour

Remember that although colour is a wonderful thing, not everything needs to be big and bold. On your vertical wall garden, play around with patterns, materials, lighting, textures and plants to create trendsetting contrasts and draw into a focal point. Practice some restraint.

  1. Lights, camera, action

If your outdoor feature wall is made from brick or tile, consider adding lighting to enhance the ambience for when it comes time to entertain. The right lighting can develop shadows and create texture that’ll make the wall a truly stand-out statement feature in your home. It will also enable you to enjoy it at night even when all the windows and doors are closed.

Get in touch with the vertical green wall experts

Whether you have one statement wall that you’re working with or you’d like to create an elaborate series of statement vertical wall gardens, get in touch with the expert landscape designers and garden design professionals at Landart. Our team would be honoured to be involved in your landscape design and create a green wall that makes your garden stylish, luscious and enjoyable for decades to come.