Green Walls

Posted: 05/12/2014 in Green Walls
When it comes to vertical greening, natural is rarely easy. Sometimes the costs of building and maintaining a natural green wall simply outweigh the benefits. A living wall can fail and die in a matter of weeks without proper care and management, and – not to put too fine a point on it – professional expertise.

‘Greening’, however, is taking on a new dimension. With the development of artificial vertical garden systems that look and feel as good as the real thing, creating inspiring expanses of green has become really simple.

Artificial vertical garden systems eliminate, or minimise, the effort required to sustain living walls. Weight issues for one fall away. Artificial vertical garden panels take the load off wall surfaces, and instead of having trays laden with soil, peat and vegetation cover, good quality artificial systems use steel-grid panels to which the artificial foliage is attached. These grids are lightweight and easy to handle, but also easy to cut to size and robust when called upon. Walls remain relatively stress-free and the panels can be niftily manoeuvred into place as well.

Artificial Green Walls

Of course, the major advantages of artificial over natural is the sizeable cost differential between the two. A square metre of living wall can cost around £1,000 to design, supply and install. Compare this to an 80cm x 80cm Vistafolia panel from VistaGreen®, the leading producer of artificial garden solutions in Europe, which comes in at a fraction of that cost. Considering that outlays for large living walls can be staggering, artificial green walls become a more attractive, cost-effective alternative when scaling up.

Crucially, artificial vertical gardens do not need any of the irrigation that is vital to living walls, meaning no more fretting over whether plants are getting proper nutrition and watering. There’s no need for tanks and valves and other complicated equipment that can break down, causing more garden grief. The only watering on the agenda is the occasional hosing, for general cleaning and keeping the wall looking its best.

Natural lighting is another devil defeated. Many living wall proposals are scuppered for the lack of proper lighting, leaving dull, featureless spaces that instinctively avert eyes. In this respect, artificial systems clearly have one up on nature. They provide the perfect solution for screening or decorating areas which natural light cannot reach. You get greening where you wouldn’t have.

Artificial green walls likewise do away with the installation worries. One likely wouldn’t even need professional help for small- or home-scale project. Artificial systems can be easily fixed to wall surfaces using one’s DIY smarts and VistaGreen’s simple, purpose-built fixing system. Larger walls, like those for commercial spaces, can also go up in a fraction of the time it would take for a living one.

Moreover, expenditures for artificial green walls tend to be one-off; those for living walls are cumulative, with maintenance and troubleshooting charges subject to inflation. Costs also can add up, especially when planting fails or a redesign is needed. VistaGreen’s panels are manufactured to ISO9001 standards, to ensure a quality product every time, solid and dependable, traceable right back to the factory and giving you more time to worry about the more important things in life. And if safety is your big thing, they come with a fire rating that is suitable for even the strictest building control standards, so you can use them inside as well.

And what about aesthetics? Can fair nature ever be bested, one asks? If the ultra-realism of today’s artificial greenery still doesn’t satisfy, then its dependability might. Artificial foliage will never turn brown, patchy, woody, leggy and all else, it will stay the same day in and day out. VistaGreen’s panels come with a 5-year warranty in the UK that gives you complete peace of mind and keeps the panels looking their best for a long time. Natural green walls, on the other hand, are only as good as the people who care for them. The sums spent on building a beautiful green wall to uplift the senses feel tragic when you let your wall turn bare and sorry looking.

And when considering aesthetics, one might ask ‘but don’t all the panels look the same?’ VistaGreen® have developed an ingenious 3-panel solution which adds considerably more variation to a wall than an ordinary, substandard product would and allows for seamless joins between the panels as well, giving you a completely random matrix of planting, just like the real thing. And unlike other products, they can be customised with their great range of colour and texture boxes which give you a complete palette to choose from for your wall’s finish. These boxes of loose foliage are super-easy to install and give a really great, bespoke finish. After all, why settle for a wall that looks like everyone else’s?

If you’re thinking of a real wall, then first consider what it’s going to take to get that wall and keep it looking its best. And if you’re now thinking artificial might be the way to go, don’t compromise and choose VistaGreen®.

Green Walls

Green Walls