Fashion & Beauty | June 12, 2015
DIY Wall Planter
Grow The Green In Your Life
For as long as civilization has existed, people everywhere have looked for ways of bringing nature’s most beautiful elements to their everyday surroundings — especially flowers. One of the most popular ways of bringing nature home today is through wall planters.
Melissa Peterson is a Garden Center Manager at Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center. She says vertical wall planters are very popular right now.
“We saw a huge influx of people that were interested in installing vertical walls last year and we believe that trend will continue,” Peterson said. “Last year we filled both of our vertical wall classes to capacity and sold a large quantity of wall units to customers last year.”
“People love wall planters because they are a chance to add a little bit of living artwork to a vertical space that normally might be quite boring. And they’re also a great solution for people who have less space for growing plants,” Peterson explains. “The most basic advantage is the amount of space that can be saved. Many people who live in apartments and condos in the city still want to have plants and a place to grow them. And vertical walls allow them to do that.”
Peterson also points to the fact that wall planters give people an efficient way to add green to urban spaces that might be overrun with concrete. As she says, “Vertical walls are very versatile and can be used indoors or outdoors, and can be used to grow anything from tropical plants, succulents, orchids, herbs and even some vegetables. They can also be planted purposely with plants that remove toxins from the air to provide environmental effects as well.”
A GREEN SOLUTION FOR ALL SIZES.
Wall planters, by their very nature, offer a flexible solution for a variety of spaces, from smaller units that can go inside or outside, to medium planters and large ones for truly ambitious plans.
Peterson says there are a few things to keep in mind as you decide which one is right for you:
“The first thing you will need to decide is what type of vertical wall garden you will install, where you will install it and what look you might want to achieve,” she explains. “There are single units in different shapes, such as rectangles and circles, or in varying materials including fabric, metal, wood or plastic with contemporary or more rustic looks.”
Peterson says there are also units that can be connected together to form larger vertical walls and could be expanded over time.
“Once you have determined where you will put your wall, the sunlight conditions in that area will also determine what type of plants will be able to grow in your vertical wall,” she points out.
The next step is selecting plants.
“It’s very important that you select compatible plants that like the same moisture and sunlight conditions,” Peterson says. “Finally, beware that your plants will have to grow flat a minimum of two weeks before hanging your wall unit so that the plants can establish roots so they do not fall out of the container.”
While the end product can look elaborate, Peterson reminds that adding a wall planter doesn’t need to come with an extensive construction schedule.
“I’d say that’s true especially in the small to medium projects. There are many prefabricated units in these size ranges that basically involve screwing some brackets into the wall and then hanging the units,” she says. “For larger installation projects there may need to be sub-surfaces installed behind the wall units, additional support or structure fabricated or possibly free standing frames built, depending on the application.”
HOW MUCH GREEN TO SPEND?
“For a single one-unit vertical wall the cost ranges anywhere from $75 to $200, including the wall unit and plants,” Peterson explains. “Costs vary depending on the type of plants and type of wall unit. For a medium to large size, the range can go from $1,000 to $4,000.”
How long can you expect to spend on your project? Peterson says a small unit can be assembled in an hour with two or more weeks for flat growing before hanging. Medium hangers can usually be completed in a day with two-plus weeks of flat growing. Large hanging units can be hard to estimate, depending on just how large the finished size will be.
As Peterson says, “Vertical walls are a beautiful way to add a splash of color to normally dull areas as well as a great way to creatively put plants to use. We love this trend and so do our customers!”
For more information, see www.tedsgardens.com.
Credits // Author: Dave Danielson Photos: Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center