While we have already spoken about green walls in our previous blogs we now touch on the larger topic of vertical gardening. With apartments getting smaller, this form of gardening is gaining increased prominence. When we think of a garden, we often imagine a variety of plants and flowers rooted in soil or pots. As this is done at ground level, it will for obvious reasons cover more floor space and make your home look rather cramped. In such cases, vertical gardening is a great option, apart from it being visually very fascinating. If you want to try your hand in creating your own vertical garden, here are some tips:
Whether you plan to install your vertical garden indoors or outdoors, make sure you choose your plants carefully. The plants you choose will need to enjoy similar condition in terms of air and sunlight. For instance, if you pair a plant that loves direct sunlight with one that prefers shade, only one of these plants will thrive while the other will eventually perish.
You will need to choose some planks, in a material and design of your choice and place them at different levels horizontally. These plants will be used to place your potted plants. Arranging them at different levels will lend an interesting look to your room. You can take wooden planks and colour them to suit your décor or even go in for planks with holes to fit your pots. You can also put hooks on your planks. In this case ensure that your hooks are strong and durable as they should be able to take the weight of the plant.
Once your planks and hook are secured proper, you can start placing your plants. Plastic pots are best suited for vertical gardening as they are light in weight. Avoid ceramic pots as they are heavy and absorb more water. If you have a bent for them you can simply choose brown plastic ones instead. You can also decorate your pots the way you would like. For a low maintenance vertical garden, choose succulents and cacti.
If you go in for the horizontal plank style you can place trays below your pots to catch any extra water that runs through the drainage holes. But remember you cannot do this if you go in for the hooks option or holed planks. In this case it will not be possible to place a tray, therefore keep a container handy to catch any water that runs through. If you set your vertical garden outside, you can place another plant below it. Any excess water will flow down and keep the lower plant well hydrated.
If your budget permits hire a professional to set up your vertical garden. They will be able to assist you from the first stage of design, installation and plant choice and also provide maintenance services or give you maintenance tips. Contact us if you are interested in installing a vertical garden in your home or office. We will offer you the best options.