Living in an urban environment has many benefits for city dwellers including the ease of travelling to work, the abundance of places to eat out and the bustling atmosphere. However, there can be a lack of connection with the splendour of nature due to the city’s density and limited space for landscaping.
Enter vertical gardens. This growing trend is the solution to every city dwellers need for green. These gardens are planted vertically against walls and can be incorporated inside and outside the home to create living pieces of art.
Blok, an urban property developer, introduced vertical gardens into the design of all their developments, including their newest, SEVENONS, and this addition of greenery and lushness has softened the concrete and glass structure.
We asked the Blok team for a few pointers on how to incorporate this concept into our homes.
Where to start
It is always important to start by choosing the right space for your garden. The space needs to offer the best visual appeal and enough exposure to sunlight to ensure that the plants grow and blossom.
Once you have chosen your perfect spot – you then need to choose plants that would work in the space you’ve chosen. Plants such as Astible, Coral Cells, Ferns, Helleborus, Hostas and Primroses are great choices if your home has limited sunlight. However, the best and most sustainable plants for vertical gardens are Aeschynanthus Radicans (also known as Lipstick Plant), Nepherolepis exaltata (Sword Fern), Acacia Cognata, Epipremnum, Dracaena, Wedding Vine, Australian Native Monster, Peace Lilies and Croton.
If you can, DIY
Of course, getting an expert to complete the job for you is always ideal but sometimes it’s fun to get your hands dirty and do it yourself.
There are so many choices when building and designing your vertical garden but the best one for a beginner is the Stand-Alone Wall that can be secured onto any surface. This is very simple, all you need to do is affix hexwire netting to a cedar frame and secure it to the ground. Then you create hooks for each of your pot plants and you are ready.
Learn from the experts
Once you’ve created your first green masterpiece you can start learning new tricks to tackle more technical concepts.