Vertical gardens are strategies people use to grow certain plants on vertically suspended panels using certain structures. They either attach these structures to a wall or leave them freestanding.
People have always used vertical gardens since the early civilisations. A lot of modern wall gardens are very long lasting and provide some sense of nature into our modern businesses.
Actually, people use vertical gardens in their offices. They are great options for potted plants. Though you can place potted plants in almost any place, they need a lot of maintenance and occupy a large space. Though, in some scenarios, you may only need a single big panel to maintain your vertical garden.
How Did Vertical Gardens Come About?
Vertical gardens or living gardens are not new inventions. Actually, they are ancient ideas that have been around for years. In ancient times, for instance, people used living walls in architectural designs. Over the years, many people use vertical gardens for their offices or homes. Here are some facts about how vertical gardens came about so that you can know the origin of this concept.
1) Vertical gardens were used by Babylonians
There are 7 wonders of earliest architectural history. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon is one of them. The ancient people used plants such as running vines, stationary plants, and trees for their hanging gardens. All these plants combined formed the most beautiful sights in the world.
Further, in the 1920s designers started using plants more often in their projects. By 1980s and 1990s, people invented equipment’s to assist them to grow their vertical gardens. They used vertical gardens in different places such as in outdoor, indoor structures, building entrances, and almost anywhere with an open space.
2) Evolution from natural vertical gardens to artificial ones
Some people are currently switching from the use of natural vertical gardens to artificial ones. They argue that fake wall gardens are easy to maintain and they are very appealing to the eyes. Artificial plant makers use modern strategies to make these plants appear as natural as they could be. In fact, some people barely notice that these wall gardens are artificial.
Why Should You Garden Vertically?
You might not realise it, but vertical gardens are very beneficial to humans and the environment. Here are some reasons to garden vertically:
1) Maximises limited space
It goes without saying that gardening vertically maximises space.
2) Boosts visual appeal
Vertical gardens let you add colour, structure, character, and variety to your garden. You can plant at eye level to form “eye candy” such as hanging window boxes and baskets.
3) Nurtures healthier plants
With vertical gardens, you can lift plants off the ground. This boosts air circulation. As a result, your plants will grow healthy as they will be free from disease problems, animals and pests.
4) Boosts accessibility
You can raise your garden at an accessible height. More so, harvesting, fertilising, pruning and watering are easy with vertical gardens.
5) Grows lots of plants on a small space
Gardening vertically lets you grow different types of plants in large quantities. Climbers such as melons, passion fruits, cucumbers, and tomatoes do very well in vertical gardens.
Vertical gardens are great for softening start or hard landscape and building surfaces. They can be integrated into your landscape work with very little maintenance and care. They help in defining a space like an edge, boundary, entrance, and framework. As in, there are many reasons you should use vertical gardens. If you are in need of an installation of a vertical garden, please contact NS Landscapes for a free consultation!