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<strong>Green Wall:  Living or Artificial?</strong>

Green Wall:  Living or Artificial?

How to choose which one

When we want to add a decorative and pleasant touch to some space, be it indoors or outdoors, we can come up with a bunch of ideas.  But not many people opt for one that can at times seem difficult to do and which is none other than that of creating a small garden.  It may sound common and ordinary and may not be exactly what we had in mind, but in this instance it is not the common garden that is being referred to.  Rather than a common garden, it is a quite attractive and innovative alternative:  the green wall or vertical garden

muro verde artificial
There are various ways of dressing up hour home.  You need to choose which is the best option for you considering the cost and maintenance requirements of green walls.

Green wall to decorate your wall

This decor, used indoors and outdoors, is intended for a wall that we want to dress up and it’s done with some kinds of plants and/or flowers going  onto the length of the wall.  It gives the impression of some type of mural as though the whole wall were made entirely of nothing but flowers and plants.  This decor can be used in a variety of ways, going from the most simple which uses only one kind of plant to adorn the entire wall in green (monochromatic design) to those imaginative ones that have a harmonious explosion of colors and use various kinds of flowers and plants.

jardín vertical
There are many different methods and materials that can be used for creating the best vertical garden.

Types of artificial green wall

There are various ways of going about making  a garden of this type, with the use of panels or geotextile being the most common, but there are those who prefer more elaborate mounting systems.  All the different mounting systems of this type of decor serve to match the needs of the client.  The subject of what plant to use often comes up at the time of erecting a vertical garden

The plants for a green wall, is a subject that, even though it might not seem like it, is essential for this type of decor since the elements, both flowers and plants.

That get used go hand in hand with an effective arrangement and differentiate themselves from those that are put together for superficial decoration and are obviously artificial. 

In spite of some of the projects that use this type of decor indoors or outdoors ending up looking obviously artificial, there are others that by various means become something quite natural looking and go well with their surroundings.

The way to use a vertical garden design as well as what plants to use are questions that need to be clearly answered before actually building the wall.  Planning the vertical garden is the first step in a project like this.  It needs to be emphasized that which plants get selected is an important matter when dealing with a living green wall.

muro artificial ERBETTA
: There are many plants which are ideal for creating a vertical garden since they will not grow much.

Tools needed to install

Using the necessary tools according to the type of vertical garden to be implemented is another factor of importance since not all green walls require the same preparation.  That is why knowing beforehand what type of vertical garden is wanted, is essential before beginning the actual construction.  Planning your green wall contains an important component that has to do with what type of substrate that is to be used, because. Just as it is important what tools get used for this decor, what substrate gets used is also important.  The most common substrata are hydroponic (water), artificial, and natural, each one with advantages and disadvantages and adaptable to the needs and demands of the customer at the time of installation of a vertical garden but with the plants for the green wall having been already selected.

What is the substrate for?

What is a substrate?  In order to know which substrate would be best, it must be understood what a substrate is.  Substrate is the materials, aside from soil, that permit the growth and development of the roots of the plants.  It should be something lightweight since having a heavy substrate can bring with it the risk of a structural accident due to the heavy load.  It also must be kept in mind that the substrate to be used must contain the necessary nutrients for the proper development of the plants to be used on the green wall.  There is no point in in choosing a particular substrate if it does not provide the minerals required by the plants.

Artificial plants or flowers

Another important factor in this type of decor is the plants and/or flowers that will be used.  This can be with natural or with artificial plants and/or flowers. 

  • The difference between the two is obvious. 
  • The first uses natural flowers and plants, which necessitates a more careful preparation at the time that the flowers and plants get placed on the green wall as well as regular care afterwards. 
  • The care required depends largely on the kind of plants that were selected for the vertical garden.  For example,  a monochromatically styled green wall employing one or two kinds of plants will not require the same care as one that employs several different kinds of plants and flowers.

most common walls

Among the plants used for a green wall, it is common to use a flower like the bougainvillea, which is known for its showy flowers, especially in hot climates, and its easy care since it doesn’t need much water and can grow in soil with low fertility.  The one thing it does need is plenty of light in order to bloom profusely and so, if it is used for interior decor.

It should be placed where it will get light.  It also needs to be known that this flower can’t stand cold temperatures (lower than about -2 o -3° C [27 or 28° F]).  When it comes to plant use, ivy is a common option thanks to the ease with which it can be maintained and the green tones provided by the two kinds of ivy which are used for vertical gardens.  It can be used to the fullest advantage in indoor spaces.

follaje artificial
With artificial foliage, you reduce by a considerable amount  the cost and time required for maintenance of a green wall.

Advantages of the natural and artificial

There also are artificial green walls that use synthetic plants and artificial grass and flowers to give the most realistic look possible to the wall or space to be turned into a green wall or vertical garden.  Is there an advantage in this compared to a living green wall?  Given that the selection of one or the other depends wholly on what the customer has in mind. The clearest advantage between the two is the maintenance that is required.  The living green wall, as was previously mentioned, requires maintenance for the plants that are used for the green wall

This maintenance includes watering,  pruning, inspecting the structure, changing the substrate, etc., while the artificial green wall only requires basic periodic maintenance that does not involve as much time or effort as does the aforementioned living green wall.  Apart from all that has been previously mentioned. The artificial green wall is a lot more economical to put up as well as to maintain, which is why it is the option of choice if the capital necessary for a living green wall is not on hand, but you would still like to do a vertical garden.

Aspects of the 2 types of wall

Put briefly:  a green wall with natural plants and/or flowers is for those with the means to take care of it, while an artificial green wall, with artificial grass, plants and flowers, is for those who want a beautiful garden-like decor but who should not need to have the worry of maintenance costs.  Basically it all comes down to the time and money to be invested in this type of decor.  The plants and artificial grass which are available for an artificial green wall come in an abundant range of options and so you will have plenty to choose from when it’s time to make a selection for decorating the wall.

follaje artificial ERBETTA
An advantage of artificial foliage for a green wall is that you don’t need to worry about damaging it when moving it.

Special cares

Another difference that you can have between these two options (natural and artificial) is that the components of the artificial green wall can be moved from one place to another much more easily than those of the natural wall.  If actual plants are not handled with care, you run the risk of damaging them and needing to replace them with new ones. 

This kind of moving often occurs with a change of the seasons that is not favorable for the plants of the living green wall (the selection of the kind of plants and flowers in a natural vertical garden should be made keeping in mind the diverse factors that the care of the selected plants incurs) thereby making a move to a safer place necessary for their protection. 

This can also be occasioned when, because of moving to a new locale or because of remodeling the surrounding area where the green wall is located, the green wall should be modified or even moved to another location.  Clearly, these two factors give the artificial vertical garden an overwhelming advantage.

A natural twist on the artificial

Green walls are an excellent decoration for giving a natural touch of greenery to diverse types of settings, both indoors and outdoors, but they are a choice that brings with it the need for regular inspection and maintenance if the option is made for a living green wall.

  • Add to cart

    ERBETTA®
    Synthetic Shrubs Osmanto (green leaf) Size: 50x50cm

    MXN $287.60 (I.V.A. Incluido)

Comentarios

How to choose which one

When we want to add a decorative and pleasant touch to some space, be it indoors or outdoors, we can come up with a bunch of ideas.  But not many people opt for one that can at times seem difficult to do and which is none other than that of creating a small garden.  It may sound common and ordinary and may not be exactly what we had in mind, but in this instance it is not the common garden that is being referred to.  Rather than a common garden, it is a quite attractive and innovative alternative:  the green wall or vertical garden

muro verde artificial
There are various ways of dressing up hour home.  You need to choose which is the best option for you considering the cost and maintenance requirements of green walls.

Green wall to decorate your wall

This decor, used indoors and outdoors, is intended for a wall that we want to dress up and it’s done with some kinds of plants and/or flowers going  onto the length of the wall.  It gives the impression of some type of mural as though the whole wall were made entirely of nothing but flowers and plants.  This decor can be used in a variety of ways, going from the most simple which uses only one kind of plant to adorn the entire wall in green (monochromatic design) to those imaginative ones that have a harmonious explosion of colors and use various kinds of flowers and plants.

jardín vertical
There are many different methods and materials that can be used for creating the best vertical garden.

Types of artificial green wall

There are various ways of going about making  a garden of this type, with the use of panels or geotextile being the most common, but there are those who prefer more elaborate mounting systems.  All the different mounting systems of this type of decor serve to match the needs of the client.  The subject of what plant to use often comes up at the time of erecting a vertical garden

The plants for a green wall, is a subject that, even though it might not seem like it, is essential for this type of decor since the elements, both flowers and plants.

That get used go hand in hand with an effective arrangement and differentiate themselves from those that are put together for superficial decoration and are obviously artificial. 

In spite of some of the projects that use this type of decor indoors or outdoors ending up looking obviously artificial, there are others that by various means become something quite natural looking and go well with their surroundings.

The way to use a vertical garden design as well as what plants to use are questions that need to be clearly answered before actually building the wall.  Planning the vertical garden is the first step in a project like this.  It needs to be emphasized that which plants get selected is an important matter when dealing with a living green wall.

muro artificial ERBETTA
: There are many plants which are ideal for creating a vertical garden since they will not grow much.

Tools needed to install

Using the necessary tools according to the type of vertical garden to be implemented is another factor of importance since not all green walls require the same preparation.  That is why knowing beforehand what type of vertical garden is wanted, is essential before beginning the actual construction.  Planning your green wall contains an important component that has to do with what type of substrate that is to be used, because. Just as it is important what tools get used for this decor, what substrate gets used is also important.  The most common substrata are hydroponic (water), artificial, and natural, each one with advantages and disadvantages and adaptable to the needs and demands of the customer at the time of installation of a vertical garden but with the plants for the green wall having been already selected.

What is the substrate for?

What is a substrate?  In order to know which substrate would be best, it must be understood what a substrate is.  Substrate is the materials, aside from soil, that permit the growth and development of the roots of the plants.  It should be something lightweight since having a heavy substrate can bring with it the risk of a structural accident due to the heavy load.  It also must be kept in mind that the substrate to be used must contain the necessary nutrients for the proper development of the plants to be used on the green wall.  There is no point in in choosing a particular substrate if it does not provide the minerals required by the plants.

Artificial plants or flowers

Another important factor in this type of decor is the plants and/or flowers that will be used.  This can be with natural or with artificial plants and/or flowers. 

  • The difference between the two is obvious. 
  • The first uses natural flowers and plants, which necessitates a more careful preparation at the time that the flowers and plants get placed on the green wall as well as regular care afterwards. 
  • The care required depends largely on the kind of plants that were selected for the vertical garden.  For example,  a monochromatically styled green wall employing one or two kinds of plants will not require the same care as one that employs several different kinds of plants and flowers.

most common walls

Among the plants used for a green wall, it is common to use a flower like the bougainvillea, which is known for its showy flowers, especially in hot climates, and its easy care since it doesn’t need much water and can grow in soil with low fertility.  The one thing it does need is plenty of light in order to bloom profusely and so, if it is used for interior decor.

It should be placed where it will get light.  It also needs to be known that this flower can’t stand cold temperatures (lower than about -2 o -3° C [27 or 28° F]).  When it comes to plant use, ivy is a common option thanks to the ease with which it can be maintained and the green tones provided by the two kinds of ivy which are used for vertical gardens.  It can be used to the fullest advantage in indoor spaces.

follaje artificial
With artificial foliage, you reduce by a considerable amount  the cost and time required for maintenance of a green wall.

Advantages of the natural and artificial

There also are artificial green walls that use synthetic plants and artificial grass and flowers to give the most realistic look possible to the wall or space to be turned into a green wall or vertical garden.  Is there an advantage in this compared to a living green wall?  Given that the selection of one or the other depends wholly on what the customer has in mind. The clearest advantage between the two is the maintenance that is required.  The living green wall, as was previously mentioned, requires maintenance for the plants that are used for the green wall

This maintenance includes watering,  pruning, inspecting the structure, changing the substrate, etc., while the artificial green wall only requires basic periodic maintenance that does not involve as much time or effort as does the aforementioned living green wall.  Apart from all that has been previously mentioned. The artificial green wall is a lot more economical to put up as well as to maintain, which is why it is the option of choice if the capital necessary for a living green wall is not on hand, but you would still like to do a vertical garden.

Aspects of the 2 types of wall

Put briefly:  a green wall with natural plants and/or flowers is for those with the means to take care of it, while an artificial green wall, with artificial grass, plants and flowers, is for those who want a beautiful garden-like decor but who should not need to have the worry of maintenance costs.  Basically it all comes down to the time and money to be invested in this type of decor.  The plants and artificial grass which are available for an artificial green wall come in an abundant range of options and so you will have plenty to choose from when it’s time to make a selection for decorating the wall.

follaje artificial ERBETTA
An advantage of artificial foliage for a green wall is that you don’t need to worry about damaging it when moving it.

Special cares

Another difference that you can have between these two options (natural and artificial) is that the components of the artificial green wall can be moved from one place to another much more easily than those of the natural wall.  If actual plants are not handled with care, you run the risk of damaging them and needing to replace them with new ones. 

This kind of moving often occurs with a change of the seasons that is not favorable for the plants of the living green wall (the selection of the kind of plants and flowers in a natural vertical garden should be made keeping in mind the diverse factors that the care of the selected plants incurs) thereby making a move to a safer place necessary for their protection. 

This can also be occasioned when, because of moving to a new locale or because of remodeling the surrounding area where the green wall is located, the green wall should be modified or even moved to another location.  Clearly, these two factors give the artificial vertical garden an overwhelming advantage.

A natural twist on the artificial

Green walls are an excellent decoration for giving a natural touch of greenery to diverse types of settings, both indoors and outdoors, but they are a choice that brings with it the need for regular inspection and maintenance if the option is made for a living green wall.

  • Add to cart

    ERBETTA®
    Synthetic Shrubs Osmanto (green leaf) Size: 50x50cm

    MXN $287.60 (I.V.A. Incluido)

Comentarios

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