So you’re looking for fresh new ideas to update your backyard patio for summer entertaining, family get-togethers, cookouts, garden parties, or other outdoor at-home events. You may be looking to redesign your backyard or simply add some greenery if vegetation and foliage is lacking in that space. A green wall is a beautiful way to enhance your backyard garden or patio–and you can build it in a way that is safe, structurally sound, and long-lasting.
When designing and constructing green walls, one of the most common pitfalls is to construct a green wall that is temporary. Designers will put up greenery using light lattices made of cheap material that are loosely attached to siding, with the expectation that it is for a single event only. A strong wind or a storm comes and that green wall is torn to pieces.
If you are looking for a permanent, safe, and structurally sound method of constructing a green wall that you can enjoy for years to come, don’t worry–there is a tried-and-true method that will not fall apart after the first rainstorm. A wall constructed of beautiful stones held by a sleek, cage-like structure with spaces for the greenery to be well secured in the wall will provide a addition to your garden that is aesthetically appealing as well as long-lasting.
With this method, you have the freedom to place the wall anywhere you choose. You are not limited to constructing on the side of your home, or other existing structures. Curved walls add organic flow to your garden; straight, higher walls can hide unsightly air conditioning and heating units or conceal woodpiles. You may also wish to place your garden wall in such a way as to conceal a part of your home with features large windows, or block the sunlight at a certain time of day. If this is the case, make sure you know where the sun rises and sets in proximity to your house and when and where it is the strongest. Garden walls can be filled with a myriad of plants including flowers, succulents, ivy, and houseplants–but choose these plants carefully based on what type of irrigation system is possible with your wall and how much sunlight the wall will be getting. Ivy is a plant which does not require very much in terms of nutrients and is a hearty choice that thrives well on house and building facades. However, if you are having a green wall constructed, an irrigation or watering system can be implemented into the design. In this case, you have more freedom to choose plants that require more care.
Whatever your desire for your green wall, it is within your reach–especially if you are willing to have the wall constructed. You will have a strong wall which can be placed in the perfect spot for your needs and you will not be limited by the care your plants or flowers need to flourish. So relax and enjoy showing off your green wall this summer!