Green walls are trending in indoor and outdoor design across Australia, brightening up office reception areas, adding interest to restaurants and retail facades, and bringing apartments to life.
A versatile design solution for different environments, a green wall or garden wall introduces a fresh and natural ambience to any setting. While living green walls are very popular, they not only need continuous care and maintenance but are also subject to seasonal changes and limited lifecycles. Green walls can look quite bare between seasons when leaves shed and branches dry out. One can either wait for the foliage to grow back or replant to achieve a green wall in full bloom.
Alternatively, one can always intersperse real plants with artificial plants to get the best of both worlds, and a green wall that remains green, no matter the season.
Benefits of Real Plants
Plants are not only good for the environment but also human health. A green wall in a home or office delivers several benefits including reducing carbon dioxide levels, increasing humidity, which can be especially helpful during colder months, and lowering pollutant content such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide, thereby, substantially improving indoor air quality.
New studies prove how indoor plants contribute to a peaceful, tranquil environment that reduces stress and anxiety in humans. Greenery makes people feel more at ease, and people who work in plant-filled offices take fewer sick days and are more productive.
However, real plants also have some disadvantages. Live plants need continuous care and may not look good all the time as they go through seasons. When it comes to green walls, real plants require structural supports, extra plumbing and diligent maintenance. Plant selection may also be limited to varieties that actually thrive in your climate.
Benefits of Artificial Plants
While artificial plants can’t improve indoor air quality by reducing carbon dioxide levels or increasing humidity, they can create a tranquil, calming atmosphere.
But the advantages are many: Artificial plants never fade or wither, and they don’t require regular watering, fertilising or other maintenance. Being lightweight, they don’t require special support structures. Since no watering is required, you don’t need plumbing and drainage, and you never have to worry about water drips on your floor or insects and other pests. They also come in an amazing variety of realistic foliage – even exotic varieties that wouldn’t otherwise grow in your region.
By combining artificial and real plants into one beautiful green wall, you can take advantage of the benefits of both plant types.
With fewer real plants in your structure, you can reduce the amount of plumbing and structural supports. Fewer real plants also mean less maintenance and more time to care for each living plant in the collection.
Since your artificial plants will always look great, regardless of the state of your real plants, you can relax and enjoy the beauty of your green wall throughout the year.
When you combine real and artificial plants in one beautiful green wall, you can change some of the artificial plants to go with the seasons. For instance, add a few tropical plants in summer and a few evergreens in winter. With the flexibility you gain by having both real and artificial plants in your green wall, you can always keep your wall fresh and seasonal.
For more information about combining artificial and real plants in your green wall, get in touch with us at Evergreen Walls.