Green walls and vertical planting have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years as the benefits of interior plants in the working environment are more widely recognised. Of course, they also have a wonderfully appealing aesthetic value. The ability to create unique displays by varying the variety and layout of planting material incorporated into the design is huge, but where do you start when it comes to plant choice?
We’ve pulled together a few of our favourites to help you get started.
This succulent is actually a member of the cactus family, minus the jaggy bits. Rhipsalis is a fabulous, fast growing, trailing plant, ideal for quickly establishing maturity in the green wall. Add to all that, there are more than 30 different species, it is easy to maintain and has great air purifying properties.
The glossy, heart shaped leaves of the Philodendron scanden will add a luxurious feel to a a vertical display. The large, heart shaped leaves of this trailing plant provide good, thick cover, it grows well in most lights and like the Rhipsalis will clean the surrounding air.
The amazing antler-shaped fonds of the Platycerium, give it an alternate name – the staghorn fern. If you want to make a bold statement, then this is one to add to the green wall. The size and shape of the leaves are an interesting contrast to the plants suggested above. Fun fact: In it’s native temperate climate the staghorn fern grows on trees.
Commonly known as the maidenhead fern, adiantum raddianum is tolerant to medium and lower light. Fun fact: The leaves on the graceful fonds of this plant repel water and adiantum is derived from the Greek word adiantos which means “unwetted”. Hey – a waterproof plant!
Finally, to add a splash of colour and drama to the display the silver/reddish leaves of the begonia rex are the perfect choice. For an eye-catching effect, it can be planted in strips of colour, alternating begonia rows with lines of greenery – or for something a bit more subtle, interspersed throughout the green wall.
Put them altogether……
We hope our suggestions have given you a little inspiration for designing your own distinctive green wall. Now why don’t you get planning your own vertical gardens. If you have any questions about the suitability of plants for a green wall please comment or get in touch.
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