Vertical Garden -Latest Trends in Home Gardening
How about a garden that can be transferred from one place to another, in a lorry? Greenery in the little space of a flat, colorful flowers, butterflies… is that possible? Of course possible! We are talking about vertical gardens. A garden fence too will be there. Not just flowers, vegetables too will bear fruit on this fence. Those who have very little space too can try vertical garden. These gardens will blossom inside your home as well. But indoor vertical gardens are a bit difficult to maintain.
There is a renowned museum near the Eiffel Tower in Paris—Musee Du uai Branly. Lots of vertical gardens are there in that museum. This is the work of Patrick Blanc who introduced vertical gardens to the world.
Gardening vertically is not an easy job as gardening horizontally on even grounds. It demands the help of experts. Those who don’t have space to spare for a garden, can get artificial garden blocks from the market. Or else we can get one built according to our plan. Certain things must be taken care of, while doing this. Small tubes through which water flows, the hollows for the plants to grow out… all these need to be perfect. The hollows won’t be long or deep as those we dig on the grounds for planting. A small gap is all that’s needed.
Vertical garden is not something meant for those who have little or no courtyards alone. You can have a vertical garden in your spacious courtyard as well. The greatest news is that this can be done naturally itself. Choose a slanted or slope area. Or else we can get such a space artificially cut out for us. Still wondering how is that plants are grown in vertical garden?
Growing a Vertical Garden
Prepare the Soil… Vertically!!
What all does a plant need for proper growth? Fertile soil, water, fertilizers and sunlight. Of these, sunlight is not a big deal. It’s available in excess. But how do we get water and fertilizer on to a vertical wall? How will we fit the soil for the plants to grow out? Plants can be grown in three media namely loose, mat and structural. Loose medium in laymen’s language is soil bag. Mat medium will contain coconut pith, peat moss etc. Structural is a blend of these two and can be organized in the mode of our personal preference.
First, let’s choose a medium that’s durable and can be kept safely. The selection of plants is equally important. Go for plants that suit vertical gardening. Plants that won’t grow out in excess and won’t spread their roots in depth need to be chosen for vertical gardens. There will be feeble tubes to spray water on to the garden blocks. Fertilizer can be mixed along this and sprayed. This is crucial for indoor gardens. Outdoor blocks can be watered like normal plants.
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Green Walls and Living Walls:
Vertical garden can be divided into two—Green walls and living walls. Green walls will be having only creepers grown to buildings, pillars or blocks where as living walls are the literal vertical gardens. They grow and spread on the wall itself. A full-fledged vertical garden will have the look of a wall having too many plants densely grown on it. Since this is gaining currency these days, architects have started experimenting for bringing about innovations in the vertical gardening concept. There won’t be any flowers. Only grass and leaves—everything will be green. Green walls are in vogue nowadays. Instead of simply growing up vertically, vertical garden is into different shapes and designs now.
If a garden can be built on wall, how about a building having gardened walls? Architects named Herzog and de Meuron built such a plant building in Madrid. The Kayiksa Forum art gallery there resembles a big wall having variety of flower and leaves or a beautiful landscape painting. On close examination, we will realize that it’s a green cloaked building.
Innumerable Garden Designs:
Just like flowers blossom through out the world on myriad scales, innumerable garden designs await prospect customers. Those with swimming pool and lotus, those having stone laid lanes, creeper walls, those having birds’ nests, those with tube roses peeking out of the turf, those bordered with carved stones, those with tiny bamboo woods and small cascades on them… lots of garden designs are available.
Hanging Garden is yet another option. The plants and flowers that hang out of pots is the latest trend. The draws are that despite the unavailability of space, these hanging gardens can be beautifully set and managed.
As the name denotes, these gardens aim at attracting butterflies. Butterfly gardens grow plants that butterflies usually prefer for nectar and pollen. Pesticides should not be used in butterfly gardens.