The presence of a garden helps protecting us from the ultraviolet, heat, and air pollution. These good effects can be way bigger when we choose anti pollutant plants. The family members will become healthier and feel more comfortable staying at home. In addition, the home will appear more beautiful and unique with the accent of a wall garden design.
There are currently developed many designs of wall garden. The terms also vary, starting from green façade, green wall, vertical garden, living wall up to topiade, referring to a wall built with an array of plants. Not only the ordinary wall, the wall garden can cover an art sculpture or function as a second skin on the building to reduce solar radiation. Plants that are used can be border plants and any short shrubs arranged in a planter box/pot vertically.
The arrangement can be done in the racks or other mounting structures. The racks can be made from wood, bamboo or metal. Select pots or boxes’ material which are light such as plastic. Also choose a planting medium which is light and strong to hold water because this planter will protect your family from the sun.
How to make a wall garden:
- Determine the dimension of the wall you want to use. Select the area exposed to sunlight/dealing with pollution, in order to protect the family optimally. It is suggested that you put the rack above ground so that the excessive water from the watering process can immediately fall to the ground. To make it neat, spread gravels under it. If not, plan gutters that drains water to the ground. The rack can be made from metal that are durable or bamboos that are eco-friendly.
- If the wall is quite high and difficult to be watered every day, prepare the installation of a watering pipe/capillary hose or pipe/hose that can be perforated.
- Plan the size of the rack to be made. Usually the border plants/short shrubs’ standard size is 20×20 cm to 30×60 cm. Select appropriate plants and planters. Light planting medium can be chosen so that it does not overload the rack and is easy to maintain, such as gel, coconut husk, fern stems, seaweed, charcoal and chaff.
- Choose pots/planter boxes made from lightweight materials like plastic. Do not hesitate to experiment with different colors and textures for a unique look. Adjust the color of the shelf and the wall around it.
- There are planter wall gardens available on some markets, which allow plants to grow horizontally so that the wall is covered with plants. The selected plants do not have to be creeping/dangling plants so that you can build the garden more freely and creatively.
By applying the idea of a wall garden design, you don’t have to blame your limited space for the absence of green space. You can even make your tiny home green, fresh, and attractive.
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