On-trend green walls: Tips and ideas for a planted interior
Indoor gardening is a huge trend on the interior design scene right now, and the internet is full of inspiration for creative plant lovers who want to bring nature into their home. One way to create your very own indoor garden is to grow a green wall. The trend – although recently re-popularised with the urban jungle interior concept – actually has its roots in the 1970s.
Living walls: The roots of the green wall trend
It should come as no surprise to learn that the green wall trend was inspired by nature.
The first green wall was developed over fifty years ago by a French botanist and horticulturalist Patrick Blanc, when he observed plants growing and thriving on rock faces. With the addition of sophisticated watering systems, the plants in his early artificial “living walls” thrived without any contact with the ground, both indoors and out. The vertical garden quickly became a popular design element in public spaces such as hotels and shopping centres – and now the trend has started to spread to interiors too.
How does a plant wall work?
While climbing plants like ivy can grip the coarse surfaces of external facades and wind their way upwards without any difficulties, interior green walls are usually populated with normal houseplants.
These plants are cultivated above and alongside one another in special systems with the aim of creating a dense carpet of greenery. The Karoo plant system is a particularly user-friendly example. Its modular, recycled plastic boxes can be planted up with your chosen flowers and foliage, and arranged on your wall in any configuration.
What kinds of plants are suitable for green walls?
The main thing to focus on when selecting plants for your green wall is choosing varieties that will be able to thrive in the room where your green wall is located. They should do well at room temperature and require little direct sunlight.
Greenhouse plants like the climbing fig or devil’s ivy are good choices. Evergreen mosses, succulents and ferns will maintain the fresh, natural look throughout the winter. They also need very little water and are relatively easy to care for.
How do I water and fertilise a plant wall?
As the plants in a green wall don’t have any contact with the ground, they are completely reliant on you to provide them with the water and nutrients they need. Many manufacturers offer watering systems with hoses and water tanks specially designed for use with their products.
The Minigarden plant system is equipped with integrated watering, fertilisation and care solutions, making it easy for you to grow all kinds of plants, from flowers to small vegetables and herbs. The Minigarden is a modular solution that is available in a wide range of designs, enabling you to build a plant wall that fits your space exactly.
Easy-care moss: The green wall for beginners
The amount of effort it will take to create and maintain your green wall depends on two things. First, the size of your wall and second, the types of plants you choose to grow. For beginners, easy-case moss walls – filled with either moss on its own or using moss to fill gaps between rows of plants – are a great place to start. If you’re looking for a really simple solution, check out the moss walls from StyleGREEN. Instead of living plants, the company uses plants that are grown and picked in-house before being preserved using glycerin and food colouring, so you can enjoy natural-looking greenery without the upkeep.
Vertical gardening with expert guidance
It’s always a good idea to consult a professional for advice, particularly if you’re planning to create a larger green wall. Any mistakes made during construction could cause damage to your wall, which may trigger a whole host of other issues. For example, if your insulation layer is inadequate or incorrectly installed, there is a risk of moisture building up, which will lead to mould. A professional will also be able to help you choose the best plants and will advise you on whether your wall is suitable for planting.
Plant walls are a great way to add more greenery to urban interiors and integrate a little bit of nature into your everyday life. Thanks to the ever-growing range of innovative products and clever systems on the market, it’s now easier than ever to integrate this unique interior design idea into your home, whether you’re a green-fingered gardener or an ambitious amateur.
What do you think of the green wall trend? Would you consider installing a plant wall in your home or do you prefer to do your gardening outdoors? We look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments section.