Is your terrace quite small or narrow and you want greenery? Rather than cluttering up the floor, think of a green wall. Forget the pots here and there and the planters hung on the railing and dedicate yourself to a wall. It’s the best way to enjoy even more space. Make yourself a mini vertical vegetable garden! Because there are always solutions to bring a bit of nature into the city.
What exactly is a green wall?
It is a new trend which consists in integrating nature into an urban environment. Green walls are vertical structures to which different types of plants are attached. Unlike a facade that would have been covered with vegetation whose plants would be rooted in the ground, the green wall sees its roots integrated into the wall. This is also why the walls also incorporate irrigation systems over their entire height. We find there earth, stone and water as in a more classic scheme. These walls may have been cultivated before being installed, unlike facades which require some time before being covered with vegetation, growing from the ground.
Some even go so far as to integrate artificial intelligence that allows them to be monitored or watered automatically.
What is the point of having a green wall on your terrace?
There are many advantages to having a green wall on your terrace. First, the visual aspect. Having green on its terrace made of bricks and concrete offers a new aspect to your decoration. Then, the garden side. There’s nothing like a green wall to try growing different types of plants and flowers! Finally, the atmosphere created increases your good mood. The proximity of greenery and nature soothes. Plant elements, it is well known, reduce stress and fatigue. Plants are also said to have an increased effect on air quality. This can only have a positive impact on your daily life and your health. The icing on the cake, the plant walls have a strong insulating power in terms of sound.
How to make a green wall?
Choose the place
You can build a green wall on any wall. If you want to be able to move it, do it on a movable wooden stand. Otherwise start by installing rows of slats. Make sure, using a level for example, that they are straight. You can for a plant wall in a salvaged way, opt for one or more pallets. Do you have a little DIY skills and little budget? This is what you need to create a green wall without breaking the bank. Make sure beforehand that the support you are considering is strong enough. Because a green wall can quickly become heavy. And if you fix your green wall directly on your facade, see beforehand how to protect the wall to avoid humidity problems. There are kinds of tarpaulins that allow waterproofing.
Install the planters
Working from the bottom up, attach the planters to the slats. You can build your wall by staggering each of the rows, installing them in a staggered pattern. To fix your pots or planters, you have the option of very simple slats or those of a pallet. And you can also choose gratings. These can be made of wood, plastic or metal. For a graphic side, you can install a structure that accommodates planters of different lengths, which you also arrange in staggered rows. It also works with wooden crates that you hang vertically. Enough to imagine a unique green wall, all in lightness. There are kits sold ready-made. These are planters or pots, designed as modules that you can clip to each other.
Choose your plants
Fill the planters with the plants of your choice. Think of flowers and aromatic herbs. The key to success is to choose plants according to the exposure of your green wall. Because the sunshine factor is an essential element in their development. In the same way, remember to leave them space so that they can grow harmoniously. Choose perennials that bloom year after year. And try to opt for plants that do not freeze, it will be easier for them to overwinter.
Starting at the top, water your wall with a garden hose or watering can. The best with a green wall would be to equip it with an irrigation system. Depending on the system you have chosen, the reservoir can be designed to keep the plants watered for longer or shorter periods. You can put in the bottom of your pots or planters something to drain the water to prevent it from stagnating: choose for example gravel or clay balls. If you don’t have an automatic watering system, use a good old method: poke your finger in the soil to see if it’s dry! It all depends on the exposure of your green wall and the varieties you are growing, but in general it is good to water your plants every few days.
What are the tips for making a green wall?
If you are a bit of a handyman, the Internet is going to be your friend. Because the Web is full of ideas, each more clever than the next, to create your own green wall. All ideas are good when it comes to choosing or building a stand and the pots or planters that are going to hang on it. Material, size, colors but also practicality, the choice is yours and it’s up to you to think of everything!