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Vertical gardens have certainly come a long way in the last couple of years. Few realise that the concept of vertical gardens have been with us for centuries. Climbing roses on trellis work… romanticising the idea of creating a covered wall in a secluded spot. Fairy tales speak of princes climbing vines to the top of a tower to rescue the princess in distress.
The benefits, however, of these beautiful vertical gardens are endless, and with today’s small-space living and the approach to green or living walls, technology has not disappointed. Modular vertical gardens are here to stay. Whether in office blocks or shopping complexes, these new modular packs can be easily installed in your own home for you to enjoy. No longer do you need a ton of knowledge or a professional to install. You can do it yourself with these flat packs delivered to your doorstep. What’s more… these systems are designed to be used indoors or outdoors!
But before we get to the nitty-gritty… Ask yourself why you should not have a vertical garden in your home? The advantage to your health and wellbeing is incalculable. From an aesthetics point of view, living art is simply beautiful. It has also been proven that people have a connection to plants and that plants have a great influence on our moods. Plants improve the quality of our air, acting as natural filters in purifying the air around us. You will save a ton of floorspace in creating a vertical garden and these living walls absorb sound thereby reducing the noise in your home (ask any mother of a teenager about the importance of noise reduction).
The biggest failure where vertical gardens are concerned is that people forget about the plants’ very specific needs. Plants, whether planted horizontally or vertically, still require particular conditions to grow in. If you have plants that grow in full sun, you cannot plant them inside, and if you have an edible vertical garden in mind – remember that vegetables and herbs still need at least five hours of sun. Planning is key to the success of your vertical garden. Don’t be dismayed though, should you want to plant a her or salad-greens garden in your home, these modular gardens allow for easy rotation of plants. The unique hexagon pots pop off and the plants can be easily replaced. This hexagon design was taken from the wisdom of bees – they certainly know how to optimally use space! And this particular hexagon design, which is duplicated in the pot system, allows for every millimetre to be used while allowing a beautiful compact display of plants. One of the added benefits of these modular vertical gardens is that it is a soil-based system which substantially reduces maintenance. Soil can store water for a longer period of time, and with the added benefit of an installed irrigation system, used water can be collected into tanks and redistributed. If this all sounds like too much for you, it gets better. The vertical garden can be connected to a central server and web-based management platform, which lets customers remotely manage gardens. You can change your irrigation timing, adjust settings and set up alerts. Now you can go on holiday with an easy heart!
Not only are these gardens cost effective, the tank components and pots are made from recycled materials. Standard sizes are available, or modular vertical gardens can be customised to your specific needs. We also have our landscaping team that can advise on what the best plants would be for your wall, creating a unique piece of living art for your home. Need help with maintenance? If you live in the Pietermaritzburg or Durban area, our team can assist with installation and maintenance. Should you want to use your own landscaper, we will supply you with a detailed installation manual.
All that is left for you now is to find that wall and enjoy all the benefits of your vertical garden.