One of the gardening techniques or methods that are receiving a lot of attentions from many gardeners all around the world nowadays is the vertical gardening method.
Even though vertical gardening is not really new as it has been introduced a few years back but it seems a lot of people still confuse and not really know what it is and how to do it.
In modern days where the existent of plants seems to be very little in urban areas; vertical garden can be deemed as one the best solutions to be put in place to increase the availability of plants in urban areas.
People who have limited space or land at their home but are interested in the gardening activities could also opt for this method to enable them to do gardening activities.
Benefits of Vertical Garden
There are actually a lot of benefits of having vertical gardens at your home, office or district. Some of them are as listed below:
a) Increase the uses of empty spaces
By choosing the vertical gardening method you are actually increasing the uses of spaces around your house or farm.
This will enable you to plant more plants in a small area.
b) Increase more yield
If you choose to grow edible plants in your vertical garden; by using vertical garden method you are actually increasing the amount of yields as you can plant more plants with vertical gardening techniques.
c) As landscaping purposes.
A vertical garden can also act as a landscaping structure design or purposes such as for screening, fencing and creating garden spaces.
This is an alternative way for you to design your spaces instead of using woods, steel or brick structures around your house plus vertical garden is also beautiful.
d) Creating micro-climate.
As we all know that plants can reduce the temperature in their surrounding area.
Therefore, if you have lots of plants around you house by having vertical gardens you can experience a nice, cool and serene environment.
e) Clean the air.
If have you a few vertical garden structures around your house it can help you to clean the surrounding air.
f) Soften the area.
It will be a little bit rigid and hard if you are only using bricks or wood structures around your area.
Using vertical garden could help you to solve that problem as plants elements of a vertical garden will help you to soften the area.
Basic of Vertical Garden.
Back to the basic, as its name, vertical garden means a garden that is being planted by planting plants on a vertical direction on a structure.
From the simple definition above, you can understand that a vertical garden needs to have a structure in order to arrange plants vertically.
It does not necessarily that you need to build a new structure in order for you to have a vertical garden.
Any existing structure such as fences and empty walls at your home or offices can be used as place to do vertical gardening activities. You may need to do a little bit of modification in order to hang and design the plants.
People also seem to be always confused about what types of plants that are suitable to be planted in a vertical garden.
Generally, any plants can actually be planted in a vertical garden whether they are ornamental plants or vegetable plants.
The only thing that you need consider when choosing plants for your vertical garden is the plant’s requirements such as lights and water and also in terms of the maintenance works that you need to do such as watering, fertilizing, pruning and harvesting.
All the above said factors are very crucial to be looked into when considering the types of plants for your vertical garden.
For example, if your wall or structure is not fully exposed to the sunlight, you need to choose shaded or semi-shaded type of plants to be planted on the structure.
Failing to do this, you will be facing failure after all the hard works that you have put in and also after all the hard earned money that you have spent as your plants will die if they did not receive what they need in order to grow healthily.
Another important aspect that you need to carefully look into before choosing any plants for your vertical garden is the maintenance aspect of your vertical garden,
What need to be considered is that you do not want the maintenance works of your vertical garden to be a huge burden for you.
For example, if you have a vertical garden that is as high as a double-story house, you would not want to climb that wall once or twice a month just to do the trimming works.
In that case, it is wise for you to choose a small type of perennials plants to be planted on the higher part of your vertical garden.
Another tip for you in choosing plants for your vertical garden is to choose plants that only require less attention from you especially when you are planting ornamental plants.
Examples of the requirements are watering, fertilizing and pest control. By choosing plants that require less attention from you as stated just now, it surely helps you to maintain your vertical garden easily.
Types of Plants That are Suitable To be Planted in Vertical Garden
Back to our main topic of this article that is to show you what to plant in a vertical garden; below are some of the plants that you can choose:
a) Nephrolepis Species
This plant is very easy to grow and maintain. A lot of people are using this plant for vertical garden. The downside of this plant is that it does not produce flowers.
Another type plants that you can choose for your vertical garden is the bromeliads type of plants. This plant has a lot of varieties in terms of its flower’s color.
Epipremnum is a creeper type of plants. This plant is also very easy to grow and maintain, thus, very suitable to be planted in the vertical garden.
If you would like to have a flowering type of plants then Neomarica can be a good choice for you.
This plant is a small type plants and therefore you do not need to worry about having to do trimming works if you choose this type of plants for your vertical garden.
Common name for this plant is peace lily. This plant will produce white type of flowers. This plant is suitable to be planted in a low light area.
Another plant that you can choose for your vertical garden is the Philodendrons. This plant is also very easy to maintain.
That is all a few suggestions of plants for your vertical garden.
As stated earlier that type of plants is not an important factor for your vertical garden.
Things that you need to consider is how to take care of them and the maintenance works that you need to do.
If it is no problems for you to have high maintenance plants for your vertical garden then you can proceed with them as there is nothing wrong about it.
If you have any suggestions or experience of any plants that are suitable for a vertical garden you are welcome to write it in the comment section below.