Garden walls are an excellent way to bring the outdoors inside the home. Plant walls are trending in modern design as a go-to solution for introducing the green element into home and office interiors.

Both artificial plants and real plants can be used to build a garden wall. But how do you choose between a live wall and an artificial one?

Evergreen Walls explains the pros and cons of artificial garden walls.

The Pros

1. No Maintenance

Artificial plant walls are ideal for those who love to be surrounded by greenery in their homes but don’t have a green thumb or the time to keep the plants in good health.

Artificial garden walls don’t need water or sunlight, eliminating all the hassles of watering the plants, which means you don’t have to worry about over- or under-watering them or setting up an expensive irrigation system. Artificial plants don’t need light to grow or thrive so you don’t have to place them in an area with sunlight or add a UV lighting system.

Unlike real plants, artificial plants don’t need fertilisers or pesticides; you don’t have to prune them or clear out dead leaves. There’s no need to get anyone to plant-sit when you are away from your home for an extended period of time. In terms of maintenance, all it needs is an occasional dusting.

Since artificial plants don’t need light, they can be placed anywhere in the room. If you are planning to change the look of the room, an artificial green wall can be easily moved to a new location.

2. Cost-effective

An artificial plant wall saves money at the time of installation and on long-term maintenance. The initial set-up of our artificial plant system costs a fraction of the price of a live wall. There are also no long-term costs for maintenance or replacement since the plant wall won’t die.

3. Instantly green and long-lasting

A live plant wall takes time to grow and thrive; with an artificial wall, there is no waiting since you get a readymade ‘fully grown’ garden wall instantly. Since they don’t ‘grow’, you don’t have to worry about overgrowth or pruning.

Unlike live plant walls, an artificial wall never wilts or dies, which means there are no dead plants in your garden wall that need to be replaced. There is also no clean-up during the autumn and winter months when real plants begin shedding leaves. An artificial garden wall will provide you with years of enjoyment without the mess.

4. No bugs or pests

A live plant wall will attract bugs, which can be unpleasant inside the home. Artificial plant walls don’t get bugs, and pests like snails are not an issue. This means you don’t have to use any pesticides or worry about ants crawling around on your walls or furniture.

5. Design possibilities

Artificial plant walls work well in places that are hard to reach such as high walls and ceilings. Once the wall is installed, you can simply enjoy it without having to worry about their watering or upkeep. Artificial garden walls mimic real plants, increasing design possibilities. Good quality artificial walls are also virtually impossible to distinguish from the real deal unless you get up close and personal.

The Cons

Artificial garden walls don’t have a lot of disadvantages. The only thing you have to be careful about is the risk of fire. The fact is artificial walls can be a fire hazard. Live green plants don’t burn, but artificial ones can. This means you’ll need to be careful about putting candles or other open flames near the wall. This goes for all artificial plants though, not just an artificial wall.

The good news is that our signature Evergreen panel has been officially awarded a Group 2 fire rating, which means it’s a safe option for your home.

The lack of environmental benefits is another downside; since these plants do not collect oxygen, they don’t filter toxins from the air in your home.

Try to avoid cheap artificial plant walls as they can look fake. Treat your artificial wall like an investment, and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money on a quality wall.

Contact us today to learn how we can add a beautiful green wall to your living space.