Living Walls: Why Design Vertically


Original post by our friends at Planted Design

When it comes to thinking outside the box, up might be the way to go. Not only is a living or preserved plant wall perfect for limited space, there are numerous other benefits that you probably never realized. Let's start with a living plant wall.

What is a Vertical Living Wall?

Imagine a vine covered Victorian mansion. In a sense, that was one of the very first “living walls.” These days, a modern living wall consists of a team of designers who not only create a growing, breathing piece of art, but a self-sustaining, irrigated system of plants specific to your aesthetics and needs. Beginning in the 1980's, the living wall has continued to gain momentum and will be the future of sustainable cities.

Some of the virtues of a living wall include:

  • Cools the environment
  • Cleans the outside and inside air of pollutants, toxins, and dust
  • Is a sound proofing barrier
  • Creates habitats for birds and insects
  • Can be used as your own indoor or outdoor farm
  • Increases your real estate value
  • Boosts morale and reduces stress

Qualifies for LEED certification points from USGBC: “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design.”

ALL of that from planting outside the box onto the wall –  Not to mention, they're beautiful.

Copy of Planted Design Living Vertical Wall Residential Pothos Air Quality Eichler 15.jpg

Click here for more gorgeous examples of vertical living walls

 What is a Preserved Wall?

A preserved vertical wall usually consists of dried mosses, ferns, mushrooms, driftwood, grasses, flowers, and various other plants.

For more examples click here

Why do you want a preserved plant wall? We've already established that any kind of greenery is beautiful, but here are some other benefits:

  • Every plant undergoes a non-toxic preservation process
  • It doesn't require much maintenance (you're welcome “brown-thumbs”)
  • It reduces the carbon footprint by replacing plastic plants
  • Like a living wall, it helps create a calming and inviting environment
  • They have longevity and low energy consumption

As you can see, vertical walls can be the answer to the green (or brown) thumb, and small urban apartments or offices for those that want to bring more nature into their space. But whether you live in an urban or rural setting, want some eco-friendly art to spruce up your home or business, a vertical plant wall is so much more than just a green wall…


To know more about San Francisco's first community built living wall click here

To know more about San Francisco's first community built living wall click here

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