Green Living Walls: What to Consider

By Jonathan Senneff

green living wall

Have you heard about green living walls? They’re also called “green walls,” “living wall gardens,” or “vertical garden walls.”

A green living wall can be professionally installed indoors — office, meeting room, hotel lobby, elevator lobby, etc. — or outdoors — hotel pool, at a building’s entrance,  or in a courtyard area.

They can grow flowers, greenery, leafy plants of all kinds, and even herbs and other edibles.

Once you’ve seen one and the possibilities, it begs the question: Can I support and maintain a green living wall?

Good question.

What to consider when installing Green Living Walls

benefits of plants in the office

Green living walls are great if you want to experience the benefits of indoor plants, but don’t have enough window, shelf or floor space.

  • Better air quality
  • Sound control (great for offices and noisey cubicle spaces)
  • Temperature control
  • Relaxation, soothing
  • Increased revenue per guest
  • Increased productivity

Are there children, dogs, or clumsy roommates around who might topple any planters? Is there really only one part of your living area that gets good light? Or do you simply want to add more life and color to a room? These are all great reasons to consider installing a green living wall.

There are plenty of ways to build your own green living walls, according to Pinterest. Of course, while green living walls are wonderful and greatly beneficial to your work environment, a poorly or hastily constructed one can be frustrating and even dangerous.

green living wall diy pinterest

That’s why it’s great to have a professional install and maintain your green living wall. Plus, this takes the burden off of you. Learn how to maintain green living walls

The right installation requires minimal maintenance and can turn any wall—inside or outside—into a beautiful living work of art.

Finding a vendor for your green living wall is an important step. Insist on a company that sources its own plants and can tell you where each one originates. The plant specialist you choose should be upfront about costs and time frames and should offer a written guarantee. They should also have an expansive selection of indoor and outdoor plants, and should be able to help you select plants that work together in your vertical garden wall to create the exact look you desire.

Green living walls are a beautiful and natural addition to any décor in a hotel, building, or office.

Download this ultimate guide on Green Living Walls to learn more. 

To learn more about pricing and installation, call Plant Interscapes at 1-888-745-7868.

the benefits of green living walls_vertical garden systems



How to Maintain Green Living Walls

By Jonathan Senneff

how to maintain green living walls

Green living walls may be placed indoors or outdoors, and can host many types of greenery depending on your needs and preferences. Best of all, they can be installed and maintained by professionals, which takes the burden off of you.

Since the 1930s, this type of hydroponic vertical plant display has been around in some form. However, modern green living walls are designed to last longer than their earlier counterparts. Some plants can last years before needing to be replaced.

In green living walls, plants only need replacing if they die — a rare occurrence with proper maintenance — or when the roots run out of space.

how to install green living walls

Sometimes plants are inserted into a panel; these panel systems can be used indoors or outside, as long as the plants are meant to grow in your local environment. On the other hand, tray systems have small receptacles where the roots grow, allowing the plants to flourish and bloom outward and upward. Tray systems are most often used inside.

Green living  walls are increasingly popular, especially in the business world. We already know that a lush supply of office plants leads to increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, and the breakdown of “sick building syndrome.” Read more of the benefits of green living walls.

What you may not know is a multitude of LEEDs (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) credits are available to business owners who install plants in the workplace.

Surprisingly, green living walls use very little water since they are hydrated using a drip irrigation system or a recirculating system that continually reuses the water with almost no waste.

how to water green living walls

As a result, water conservation and efficiency credits, energy and atmosphere credits, sustainability, and innovation credits can add up to big savings.

One of the main questions about green living walls is whether they are difficult to care for and maintain.

The honest answer is that yes, they can be—but this doesn’t mean that vertical growing is beyond your reach.

The best vendors and suppliers will help you select the right plants for your space so you can purchase or rent with confidence. Ideally, plants grown locally should be used to ensure they thrive in your environment. The right vendor will also care for and maintain your plants, especially during that all-important early stage that can be crucial to a successful vertical grow structure. The vendor you choose should guarantee your satisfaction and replace any greenery that isn’t up to your standards.

When you consider how much money you can save while improving your environment, you may wonder why you waited so long to install green living  walls.


the benefits of green living walls_vertical garden systems