Although not the first thing you would think about when it comes to survival gardening, living walls can have so many advantages in properties that will be pushed for space. Above all, this will be the most secure garden you will ever keep as it sits on the interior walls and will often be out of the public’s view and reach.
For many people living in cities outside space is very hard to come by. So when you are given a handkerchief sized plot with your 3 million pound property, the last thing you want to do is cover the ground with plants, reducing your living space and leaving you feeling like you’re on the set of The Day of the Triffids!
Of course gardeners have been growing vertically for centuries with climbing fruits and trellising but the benefits of being able to plant all sorts of plants onto walls with modern modular systems are endless and to give you just a few I’ve listed them below.
As I mentioned before, saving space is obviously the most important factor for most people, especially for those with kids! Specialist dealers in living walls sell modular systems in different sizes which can be fitted together to soften up those hideous, bare concrete walls that stare you in the face!
For those looking to save a few bob on heating bills, planting up you garden walls will insulate the outside space and redirect heat back towards your property. It’s not only the plants but the growing medium itself that will keep the heat in when it’s cold outside and will provide shade in hotter regions to cut down on air conditioning.
Not everyone knows that houseplants and other naturally growing trees and plants will absorb CO2 and act as air filtration from harmful gases and toxins. In green walls this is the same principle providing the plants are chosen for this specific task. These are known as ‘active’ living walls. Besides air filtration, having a wall planted will also act as a barrier to screen off road noise and general human activity. Although not as important in the sticks of Surrey where we’re based, in London this is often a very important requirement in a property that is overlooked or in close proximity to others.
Amongst all else, if you’re looking to reuse your grey or storm water in a responsible way, this is a perfect opportunity to link up your green wall to a permanent supply!