Stunning Vertical Gardens – A How To

Vertical Gardens

There is a reason why Miami is known as one of the most beautiful cities. Besides the natural flora and fauna, it is the landscaping in Miami that makes it a stunning sight. But with space fast becoming a limitation, landscaping becomes hard. As per the digitally famous gardeners,, vertical gardening is the answer and the savior. It is the one way to live in midst of verdant greenery when space is an issue.

What is vertical gardening?
When plants are grown upwards instead of outwards, a vertical garden is created. To make a vertical garden and maintain it fences, step ladders, trellises, stacked crates etc can be used to fashion a ‘living wall’. The aim of a vertical garden is to use as little ground space as possible. Some gardeners take a more restrictive and drastic path to creating a vertical garden and use no soil to create them like vines growing from a wall.

Why make a vertical garden?
To landscape a place and make it more aesthetically pleasing a lot of ground space is required. But what happens when little to no horizontal space is available? Does it mean that gardens are a luxury for few? It is here where vertical gardens come in. When there is a lack of ground space, build a vertical garden. They can also be used to hide an unattractive space like a wall. Being a new concept and idea, they also add a touch of unique to the décor of any home.

How to create a vertical garden?
The first step is to choose the placement or the wall. Decide if the garden will be inside the house or outside the house. To make this decision, think of the plants that need to be grown and how much sunlight they need. On the basis of sun exposure, space options can be rejected easily. Another way to choose a space is by picking the ugliest wall of the home. Until and unless the aim is to create a huge vertical garden or plant big trees, one need not worry about the weight load on the wall.

Next is the important step of creating the vertical frame. A vertical garden frame has three components – the frame, plastic sheeting, and fabric. It is advised to create the structure first and then hang it so that it is easier to remove. The frame should preferably be of plastic like PVC. Avoid using metal as it adds more weight to the entire garden while wood can rot easily due to moisture and water. Once the frame is built cover the entire thing with a plastic sheet to protect the wall from water seepage. The last layer is the fabric which the plants will use to grow and will hold water.

Now that the space has been allocated and the complete frame has been built, the next step is to pick the plants. Ferns, succulents, herbs and native perennials are the obvious options. Think about the sun, temperature, and wind and moisture level when picking the plants. Also, more flexible plants tend to grow better and look pleasing to the eye than plants with woody stems.

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