If you’re renting a property with a balcony, roof terrace or small garden, you might want to consider a vertical garden to help your walls come alive with greenery.
Living walls are one of the hottest gardening trends to emerge in recent years, increasingly making their way into residential gardens. Living walls are vertical gardens, where plants are rooted into a structure that is attached to a wall – creating a lush wall of foliage. What’s more, if you install it in the right way, you can take it with you when you move.
A living wall is fantastic for transforming any limited area outside – a balcony, terrace or patio garden. It also looks great when creating a more secluded area in a larger garden.
If you have a small garden, it’s an ideal space for a living wall making it appear more ambient, covering up unsightly walls or fencing. Greens and soft floral colours can make a limited outdoor space feel enriched and closer to nature.
Ideally you want to keep the area looking unstructured and as natural as possible. Use long grasses to add depth, ivy to provide coverage and foliage plants and annuals to create an abundance of green. Incorporate colourful bedding plants will provide an array of colour. Make sure you deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms and keep the colours thriving. When planting up the side of a wall of the home, make sure you use a waterproof membrane first to prevent damp.
If you want a simple solution choose pre-planted panels with living wall planters. This requires minimal effort as all the hard work is done for you. As an alternative, you don’t have to fill an entire wall – you could create a gallery wall with hanging baskets and pots attached – this will provide coverage and greenery without the commitment, and you can pots and baskets with you should you move home. However, check with your landlord if you will need to drill any holes as you may need to make them good before you move.
A living wall is easy maintain and simply requires watering around every two- three days in the summer.
No garden? A living wall isn’t just for outside – you can also achieve this look inside too.