Updated: Nov 20, 2020
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Living Walls 101 Part 1: Going Vertical
Exterior living wall on building by LaGreen.
Living Walls, also known as Green Walls, Plant Walls or Vertical Gardens, are a method for growing plants vertically on indoor or outdoor walls. These vegetated wall systems usually consist of a growing medium, irrigation & drainage system and a method for affixing the system to the underlying structural wall.
What’s the rationale behind having plants grow vertically? Why not just have them on the ground, in planters for example?
In short, because floor space is a valuable commodity! Using vertical space is much more practical as it’s often open and usually isn’t being used for any other purpose. Let’s examine a hypothetical example: a restaurant. It’s nice to have plants in restaurants, but a restaurant with its floor covered in plants would go out of business fairly quickly! The same rationale can be applied to office spaces and residential spaces alike.
This is an intro of the main approaches to growing plants vertically.
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The LaGreen Team.