What are vertical gardens?
A vertical garden is a technique used to grow plants on a vertically suspended panel by using hydroponics. These unique structures can either be freestanding or attached to a wall. Vertical gardens have been used since ancient civilizations; many modern vertical gardens can last for decades and give a pop of nature into the modern day business.
Vertical gardens are a wonderful alternative to potted plants in the office space. While potted plants have the advantage of being placed anywhere, they can take up space and require lots of maintenance. However, with vertical gardens there is only one large panel to maintain, and it will provide a lush pop of colour to any professional environment.
Vertical gardens or green walls?
Vertical gardens go by many different names: living green walls, live walls and moss walls just to name a few. Whatever you want to call them, these vertical structures of plant life can be as small as a picture frame or as massive as a 60 ft wide masterpiece.
Vertical gardens can be placed in hotel lobbies, major corporation headquarters, or even a small residential backyard. Vertical gardens not only look impressive, but will also make you feel more comfortable in your environment by tapping into nature’s inherent calming powers.
Indoor vertical gardens
Vertical gardens not only create a wonderful centerpiece to your interior space, but they help the natural airflow to your environment. These gardens can be made up of many different types of plants; ferns, ficus repens, pilea, and calathea being the most popular plant species used in green walls. Vertical gardens are also very space efficient and can fill up any empty space on a wall.
Many employees in office environments are exposed to a lot of harmful air chemicals like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Vertical gardens work like a natural clean air system and promote a better breathing atmosphere and a healthier environment overall. Plants also help to reduce noise pollution which creates a quieter work environment for building occupants
Exterior vertical gardens
Many buildings around the country and world have vertical gardens installed on their exteriors. Many exterior gardens contain moss, vines, and other plants are often used on vertical gardens installed outdoors. Exterior vertical gardens have the advantage of having natural direct sunlight that makes them thrive.
Exterior vertical gardens also give buildings great protection and insulation from temperature fluctuations, UV radiation and heavy rain. In the summer, exterior vertical gardens use a process called evapotranspiration, which helps cool the air around it. Since climates are drastically different throughout North America, plants for exterior walls The Lazy Pot installs are chosen by state climate, so the greenery will be easier to maintain.
Vertical gardening systems
Most indoor vertical gardens from The Lazy Pot have a panel or tray system that is easy to maintain. Panel systems like the Sage Vertical Garden system can help you maintain your beautiful vertical gardens on lobby or office walls. For some projects, a tray based system like the GSky Versa Wall would be beneficial. This type of system uses polypropylene trays and a water resistant backing board to help the plants stay hydrated.
If you don’t have expertise in caring for the systems, a vertical garden can easily fail without proper maintenance. This means not only watering the plants, but pruning and removing dead leaves. Most vertical garden systems have complex irrigation systems that keep the plants properly watered although some level of maintenance is often required. Luckily, The Lazy Pot also provides monthly maintenance on many different systems
Vertical succulent gardens
Succulents are popular among plant enthusiasts because they are space efficient, colourful, and very easy to maintain. Succulents are also fire-resistant and are great alternatives if you are in a region with a lot of water shortages. For this reason, succulents are great plant choices for vertical gardens.
Succulents are well known to have a hard and fleshy exterior which makes them great candidates for interiors. Selecting succulents makes it very easy to mould and shape any vertical garden to your needs. Watering and other maintenance is needed less for succulents while they provide a wonderful aesthetic to any space.
When should you consider vertical gardens?
The answer to this question depends on what you want to do for your business. If you want to just have a few plants around on top of filing cabinets and on the floor, you can do that. However, if you have a large lobby area, or a large space you feel could really use with some greenery to brighten things up, a green wall might be perfect for you.
The Lazy Pot designers can help you determine which areas of your business might benefit from a vertical garden. We can also help you determine which green wall solution would work best for you.
Why are vertical gardens perfect for offices?
Offices are generally known for having a lot of people crammed into a relatively small space. If you take into account the studies which show office workers who have easy access to view greenery or nature to improve creativity and overall mental health, and you start to see why having a green wall is important.
Green walls help clean the air, improve the air with fresh oxygen produced by the plants. The green wall is a conversation starter and keeps your business top of mind with a "wow" factor.
Thus, vertical gardens are perfect for offices because it fits a lot of plants in a relatively small space and makes the office look better.