Vertical gardens give your space new life

Posted April 21, 2016 in Blog, Landscape Design, Plant and Tree

Vertical gardens, green walls, living walls…no matter what you prefer to call them, they are the perfect answer to your green thumb needs when you want to combine function and aesthetic but the space you have is limited.  The idea of this type of garden is making its way back into the minds of homeowners because of its versatility and various benefits over traditional gardens.  By context clues alone, you can tell that a vertical garden is meant to be grown upward instead of outward, which opens up a whole new set of advantages for your property and your family in regards to utility and health!

Getting Down to the Basics

The material you build your vertical wall garden out of will primarily depend on what you want to grow.  Using composite materials for the planting troughs is best when you are only growing plants and flowers for pleasance, but if you are longing to grow edibles, your building material choices should center around natural materials like cedar and avoid any kind of pressure treated woods.  By growing your garden vertically, you are not held captive by the type of soil that is present in your backyard, you can utilize any dark, rich and organic soil that you prefer.  To keep the plants hydrated and healthy, we suggest implementing an irrigation drip system .  This system uses far less water than conventional gardening, making it an homage to the conservation effort!

Convenience

Vertical gardens keep the strains and pains away from your knees and back because there is no longer a need to bend over to dig, till, tend and harvest your plants!  The usual energy and sweat expelled to tend to a flat garden is virtually eliminated.  The drip irrigation system takes the chore of watering out of the mix, the elevated technique keeps the everyday weeds and nibbly rabbits at bay, and instead of having your garden in a large secluded portion of your yard, it can now be as close to your kitchen as you desire.  Having your garden close to your kitchen is key when it comes to preparing your meals.  Stepping right outside your kitchen door to pull a fresh sprig of thyme or to pick the lettuce greens for your first course salad really does put convenience right at your fingertips!

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

On that same note, growing your vertical garden just outside of a door or window that can be clearly seen from the inside is an invitation for inside-outside traffic flow.  The shapes, textures and smells all at eye-level are certain to become a conversation piece with your invited guests.  This form of living wall is delightfully unexpected yet so cleverly simple that it seemingly transforms a bland wall into an installation of art.  Incorporating your vertical garden into your privacy screens or hedges can take these lackluster structures and transform them into a garden worthy of the limelight.  The careful placement of a vertical garden can change the entire atmosphere of your home, it is one of the best “decorations” you can have!

Here’s to Your Health

We all know that plants absorb carbon dioxide, clean the air of other environmental pollutants and in turn, release oxygen.  Having these plants so close to your living space is hugely beneficial for those who are environmentally sensitive or suffer from allergies.  The bright and clean nature of plants also offer stress relief and a calming effect by softening our environment.  Adding light edible vegetation and herbs to your garden provides healthy, organic and chemical-free food for you and your family.  Most of us seek out and enjoy the farm-to-table experience when we treat ourselves to a nice dinner out, but now you can treat you family to a wall-to-table meal, right in the comforts of your own home!

You don’t need to be a space-saving city-dweller to be inspired by these gardens because the sky really is the limit when it comes to installing and maintaining your vertical gardens.  From the materials you use to construct the garden, the varieties of colorful cascading flowers you choose, to the herbs you plant for your refreshing summer dinner and drinks, you are only limited by your imagination.  The benefits of planting up, instead of out are too irrefutable to ignore, especially when it comes to your home and your health.

MasterPLAN Landscape Design can help you achieve all of the goals you have for your backyard, especially when you would like to explore all options for its fullest potential!  Your home is your castle and we understand that your backyard is much more than a deck or patio, but a place where life-long memories are created and special moments are shared with loved ones.  We believe that the perfect backyard should be beautiful yet functional, and the details matter!  We are ready to transform your outdoor living space in a stunning and innovative way, all while keeping your best interests in mind.  When you are ready to turn your backyard dreams into a reality, reach out to us at MasterPLAN!

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