A vertical garden consists of any arrangement of plants on a vertical, instead of a typical horizontal, surface. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is a remarkable example of this type of gardening. Many people in urban areas have limited space to grow plants, want to soften the effect of a stark and imposing wall, grow plants for food or bring an area of green space into their apartment or office. The popularity of vertical gardening in the United States has been on a marked upswing for the last decade for all these reasons.
Vertical gardens go by many different names - living wall, green wall, moss wall, green facade, and landscape wall to name a few. Whatever you choose to call it, the distinguishing feature of a vertical garden is that the plants grow on or in an upright, vertical structure instead of in rows on the ground.
Are There Different Styles of Vertical Gardens?
Vertical gardens come in a variety of styles and planting methods. If you are thinking about a vertical garden for your space, here are a few different ways to put one together. One thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to make or plant a vertical garden. If the plants are stacked vertically and you can build it, you can make it work.
What Are the Benefits of a Vertical Garden?
Urban planners, architects, and scientists are constantly discovering new advantages to vertical gardening. We list a few here:
Smaller Growing Area
Improve Air Quality
Create a Sound and Visual Barrier
Improve Focus and Mood
Creative Vertical Gardening Tips
Now that we've covered the different types of vertical gardens and some of their benefits, let's get started here with some simple ideas and things to consider as you get ready to create your own vertical patch. Remember, the only thing that differentiates a vertical garden from a regular garden is the plants are one over the other instead of next to each other in the ground.
Choose Your Plants
Shade or Sun?
Reuse and Recycle
Enjoy the Results
No matter what reasons you have for planting a vertical garden, remember that there is no right or wrong way to construct it. The possibilities are endless and even if it's just a row of plants strung across the window, it's a vertical garden. What's much more important is that you don't forget to sit in your garden, relax with your friends and family, and soak up all the rewards of your creation.