Living Walls: Bring Nature Into Your Home
Living walls or vertical gardens, a concept that gained ground across commercial spaces as façade walls are now finding their way into modern homes. Given the space crunch and lack of sprawling gardens with homes, these breathing vertical walls are a perfect alternative to your outdoor garden.
What are living walls?
Living walls are vertical gardens that can be installed as an alternate to an actual wall in the house. These are a panel of plants that are grown using hydroponics. These can be a free-standing structure or can be attached to concrete walls.
Why living walls?
- Fight pollution: In times when we lack space to set up a garden and fresh and natural air is a continuous human need, these walls can help clean the air quality. In times when air pollution is damaging human body slowly and gradually, vertical walls can help fight the pollution within our homes. And, not just outside pollution, these also help fight the pollutants the paint and other construction material produce in our homes constantly.
- Lower energy cost: The rising urban heat island effect given the continuous construction and other factors is causing the rise in temperature in urban areas. These green walls can work wonders to keep your home cool and not depend much on air cLiving walls are vertical gardens that can be installed as an alternate to an actual wall in the house.onditioners.
- Reduce noise levels: This is interesting. These walls can also absorb noise pollution caused by cars and other urban noises.
- Up the value of property: Found recognition as a green method under LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), green walls can actually help up the value of your property when planning to sell. It gives a positive view to your property given that it helps reduce carbon footprints.
What can you grow?
Depending on the installation system you use i.e. panel system, tray system or free-standing wall, choose the plants you would want to install. You could choose succulents that need minimal care of being watered and installed in the right soil and hence, work well for all three systems. If installing a tray system you could choose from a variety of flower plants, herbs and even food plants. For panels and free-standing system you could also pick the plants that grow upwards.
Things to keep in mind
- Water the plants regularly.
- Install the wall in the area that gets maximum day light.
- Ensure the wall is easy to access for easy maintenance regularly.