Vertical garden – a true wonder
People have been fascinated by gardens for millennia. In Christian, Islamic and Jewish tradition, the idyllic place inhabited by first people – Adam and Eve, was the garden of Eden. A true paradise.
Ancient civilizations have also praised the beauty of what is most probably first vertical garden in the world – the hanging gardens of Babylon. They were so impressive that they were named one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. There is no real evidence of their existence except from ancient texts and relations of people who saw them which are so numerous that most historians agree that they have existed.
Babylon, at the time was the biggest city in the world, that needed a bit of nature in its early urban landscape. Nowadays majority of us live in cities way bigger than Babylon and the gardens can really bring some life into them and transform our houses into true wonders.
The vertical garden doesn’t require much space and can be used for various reasons. It can be a professional and complicated living wall or simply a place to grow your own vegetables and herbs. It can even be made in your kitchen!
One of the advantages of vertical garden is that you don´t even need to have a balcony, patio or terrace. You can make it indoors, bringing some life into your office or home.
How to make a vertical garden?
Step 1 – planning and analysis.
The first rule is to take advantage of what we already have. Which spaces in the house or terrace could be used or transformed. Which places receives the most sun, how our garden can coexist with design and space available to us?
We can use everything, from wall that can be transformed into vertical plant-made carpet or mirror frame. Your garden can be part of the walls, it can hang from the roof or surround your door. You can use literally anything, there are very few boundaries. Creating vertical gardening is all about getting creative.
We should also know how we want to use our garden and adjust the next steps to it. A vertical garden can be aesthetic, bring some life or be functional. As an example, you can make wall of herbs in your kitchen, grow tomatoes on your balcony or provide some shadow on the terrace.
Think of every possible way to take advantage of your garden and adjust it to your needs. It offers so many possibilities, you are hold only by your creativity!
We should also choose the plants that would fit conditions in our flat, our preferences and overall purpose of this garden. If we are planning to have a garden outside, we should keep in mind the climate in which we live.
Step 2 – preparation and evaluation
If we analyze everything from step 1, we can move further. Vertical gardens don’t need to be too expensive so we can use what we already have: empty milk chug, window frame, old tire, terrarium etc. The vertical gardens can vary greatly in its sophistication and complexity, if you want rather simple design you can do it yourself without a problem.
Thereby, a professional team would be a great choice if you desire something truly outstanding. Especially popular vertical garden example is a living wall. It requires professional design and development as in this case density is the key. Watering vertical garden can also be challenging, but the experts can design it in a way that won’t allow water to spill all over the floor.
If you want something simpler you can easily do it yourself. In order to comfortably water it you would need some kind of pot to store your plant. You can hang it or nail it to the wall. Your flowerpot can be anything, old milk chug, a jar, basket or bucket.
This is especially popular in the kitchen. You can make wall of your own herbs, used in cooking. Always fresh and in the reach of your hand. You can do this by for example, nailing the boards to the wall or simply organizing shelves on which you can store your plants. Another way is to put them in baskets that will hang from the wall.
A perfect way to take advantage of every space available to us in garden or terrace is to create a spectacular living wall. This type of vertical garden can totally change the design of your home, making it more natural and energetic. Thereby it is really complicated especially if we consider watering it.
To develop living wall, we firstly need to come up with idea for it. We can use pocket planters or a ready frame. The frame would let us to achieve greater density and therefore better aesthetics. On the other hand, pocket planting is easier, and we should be able to do it ourselves but it’s not as spectacular.
Living wall vertical garden require good design as the biggest challenge is watering. At this point it would be best to hire professionals. They can handle watering, choose the right plants adapted to conditions in your garden, choose the right place and develop everything in a way that reconciles your comfort, aesthetics and satisfaction. The experts have the ability to adapt this garden to your needs, such as amount of time you are ready to spend maintaining the wall, purpose of the garden etc.
Vertical garden in your house
If you want to have a vertical garden that would bring nature into your home, amaze the guests and look outstanding all year round your best bet is to hire professionals from DREAM GARDEN. We are experts in gardening and can handle everything. Together we will design and develop your dream garden, which would be able to survive all year round due to the choice of plants and proper location. You don’t need space or too much time to have and maintain breathtaking garden! Trust the experts in the field and watch us turn your house into paradise!