1. What is a living wall? How does it work?
A living wall is a system of vertical planting using live, rooted plants in one of several methods. The key is keeping the plants’ roots accessible to a water source and planting appropriate plant varieties to match the situation onsite, ie light levels and temperature to name a few as a starting point. The plants are placed or planted into troughs or pockets in a regular pattern. This is built up to create the width and height required by the client. Water is either added by hand or by watering system to ensure there is the correct amount at all times. Some irrigation systems can be set on a timer making the watering a less time consuming job but also ensures the wall gets water on a regular basis between our maintenance visits. In this case a drainage system is required also to take away any excess. Plants are easily replaced ensuring the wall never has gaps or empty spaces.
2. What are the main benefits of installing a living wall in your premises?
It’s a talking point for sure-the bigger the wall, the more distinctive they can look. Living walls free up valuable floor space too, they are a better way to bring planting into the workplace, whether it is an office or hospitality area. There are numerous health benefits which all live plants will give in terms of removing toxins from the air we breathe and replacing this with oxygen. The general biophilic effect of being close to nature, creating a more relaxing and pleasant environment in which to work, better productivity, can help reduce excessive sound bouncing around the workplace as the wall helps act as an absorber of noise.
3. How do you maintain a living wall after installation?
Service visits are set at 16 per annum which includes watering if not plumbed in, deadheading the plants, replacing any that are failing, cleaning the foliage and feeding if required.
4. Where’s the best place to put a living wall in your building?
We can put a wall pretty much anywhere but your reception, break out area, main offices, boardrooms tend to be the most popular places due to higher pedestrian traffic numbers.
5. What’s the trickiest part of installing a living wall?
Probably access if it is a high wall and can’t be safely done from ladders
6. Are there any special requirements for a living wall to be installed?
We just need a secure flat wall and we can do the rest. If the wall is large, then I always recommend it being set on a watering timer which then means drainage is needed. This is straightforward enough if the wall is close to water pipes.
7. What are the best plants to use in a living wall?
Bushy ones such as Spath, Asplenium, Epipremnum, Philodendron, Aglonema, all good to give maximum coverage
8. What’s the most interesting fact about living walls?
We can use them indoors and outdoors, Outdoor walls can house all sorts of wildlife, from birds, butterflies and bees with the use of clever planting. Stanley Hart White was a professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois from 1922 until 1959 and the inventor of the green wall. White called his invention “Botanical Bricks” and developed prototypes in his backyard in Urbana, Illinois. Outdoor wall planting will help insulate your building in the winter and cool it in the summer so they not only give a fabulous aesthetic but are functional too.
Our green living walls are perfect for adding colour and texture to:
- Corporate buildings and office areas
- Retail stores
- Public parks and buildings
- Educational facilities
- Healthcare facilities