Vertical gardening: the benefits and top tips

A new trend in both interior and exterior décor is vertical gardening. Using up vertical space of greenery has a heap of benefits. We're all aware of the need to have more greenery in our life and the benefits it has for the environment, our mental and physical health. On top of that, plants always make a space look more welcoming, fresh and bright.

Vertical gardening, indoor or outdoor, using a living wall planting trough system

In this blog post, we have a look at ways you can embrace vertical gardening in your life, and some top tips for installing and keeping on top of it.

Why vertical?

A trend that is being embraced across the globe, vertical gardening isn't just about aesthetics, though that is a massive plus. It's the perfect solution if you have limited space, either inside or out. When you discover your garden isn't just limited to the ground, you open up so many more opportunities. If the outdoor (or indoor) space you have is small, such as a balcony or a small hallway, utilising the wall space for planting means you don't need to use up any floor space for plants but can still embrace greenery in your home.

Living walls are also surprisingly easy to maintain. Our PlantBox vertical living wall planters are suitable for both internal or external use, and come with a built-in watering system.  This holds 1.8L of water per trough in a reservoir, and the included capillary wicking felt helps distribute water to plants evenly and keep your living wall planter thriving.  A water level indicator will show you when to top-up, but watering is generally only needed every 1-2 weeks under normal conditions. Ideal!

Indoor or outdoor living wall planting, using the vertical garden planters

How to embrace vertical gardening

Living wall planters are a very easy and practical solution for creating a live green wall, either inside or outside the house.

Once you've decided to opt for living green wall space, you then get to explore what kind of plants you'd like to give a new home to. If cooking is your bag, you can plant yourself a luscious herb garden, giving you a plenty of fresh supplies. If colour and vibrancy are your thing, you can plant perennials outside that will reappear every year and give you great colour. If you're not very green-fingered, or perhaps you have to travel a lot for work, succulents are a great low-maintenance option for you. Trailing vines also work well in hanging environments and the trailing nature of them just gives an incredible look.

Invest in a high-quality potting mix that provides proper drainage and nutrients for your plants.

All you then need to do is make sure the plants can access light, top up the water reservoir when needed, and prune back occasionally.

All in all, vertical gardening just seems to make perfect sense. When you're maximising space, giving your home a luscious, green lease of life and giving the environment a helping hand, you'll wonder why you didn't embrace it sooner.

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An internal living green wall, giving vertical planting space inside the house