A trend that has been growing in popularity as of late is the use of using plant life as a covering for walls whether they are inside or out. Using plants as decor is nothing new, but more and more people and businesses are beginning to use them to cover an entire surface for a variety of economical and aesthetic reasons. Walls of this nature simply stand out in a location, especially in a locale that is usually void of plant-life such as the downtown areas of larger cities.
1. Saving Money - From an economic standpoint, living walls can ultimately reduce the ambient temperature within a home or office. As plants absorb heat and provide shade for the areas below them, the temperature of the earth below can be several degrees cooler than areas that are not protect in the same manner. As the plants provide a green shield of nature against the Sun, the ambient temperature within the structure is cooler. This reduces the amount of time your air conditioners need to be turned on. How much money do you think you’d save if the temperature within your home is cooler this summer?
2. Aesthetics - Most humans are drawn to the allure of plant-life. It is why we have gardens, cultivated lawns, and beautifully blooming flowers. It brings us closer to nature, which is surely a part of our own. Living walls can be constructed to provide a look that is completely unique as opposed to the red brick constructions of the city. As there are so many ways to construct one of these living walls, various plants can provide ways to make shapes and designs that seem more three-dimensional than merely having a mural painted on the wall.
3. Easy to Care For - Care for a living wall isn’t as difficult as some may think. For outdoor walls, these are usually created by special planting mounts that will be free from weeds. Watering is a simple process of a “trickle down” effect, and there is nothing to cause damage to the plants such as people and/or animals. As long as you practice proper watering techniques and use plants that have a higher survival rate in your area, the wall will remain green and beautiful. In the home where sunlight may be scarce, many have had success keeping plants alive year round by using fluorescent or other UV lighting.
4. A Cornucopia of Color - Nature can have an amazing palette of color that can be used as artistic expression. From the various shades of greens and yellows to more robust colors of roses and other blooming flowers, nearly any image can be depicted using plant life. Since green plants are easier to care for and have a greater longevity, they are usually the template of choice. However, you can still create an amazing swirl of color from the various types of plants that are available for mounting on the wall.
Many people are drawn to plants in a subconscious way. Merely being near them can relieve stress and fill an individual with a peaceful sense of mind. While this view is dependent on the person, a great deal of practicality can be developed from constructing your own living wall. Even if you were to only surround the base of your home with such a development, yourself and your neighbors will notice the difference.
Elizabeth Reed is a freelance writer and a resident blogger at Liveinnanny.org. She particularly enjoys writing about parenting, childcare, health and wellness. In addition, she is an expert consultant on issues related to household management and kids.