Types Of Green Walls | What’s Best For Me?

Are you ready to bring a burst of nature into your living or working space?

Well, you’re in luck. Today we’re looking at green walls, we know it’s lengthy, but we’re here to help figure out what’s best for you! Green walls aren’t just about adding greenery to your space, but about adding something that truly transforms your environment.

In this post, we’ll cover:

  1. Types Of Green Walls
  2. How They Compare Visually
  3. What You Need To Consider
  4. What They Need & How They Work.

In a previous post we covered green walls as a whole. Read here for The Ultimate Guide On Green Walls.

What Types Can You Get?

Alright, let’s break it down. When it comes to green walls, there are a bunch of options to choose from living, artificial, preserved, or moss. Each type brings its own flair to the table, with quirks and perks that suit different tastes, wants, and needs. If you’re craving the real deal with living walls or opting for the hassle-free charm of artificial, you’re covered! 🌿

Living walls:

A living wall is a green wall made up of live plants fixed to a wall. ‘Living walls’ is the term most people use to cover all types of walls – but they are wrong! Living walls come in almost any size, shape, or design imaginable. They can support a range of interesting plants from ferns to grasses to house plants. In fact, outdoor living walls can even support the growth of herbs, fruit, and veg! But we have to be honest, keeping these green beauties happy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows but don’t let that scare you. Read here to see if they are for you.

Artificial Walls:

Now these walls are the low-maintenance marvels of the green wall world. Made of faux foliage (not to be confused with preserved), they stay vibrant and beautiful with zero effort. They are made out of quality plastics and fabrics and are designed and made to look like the real deal. This means you often have to touch and feel them to remind yourself they are, in fact, fake! Artificial planting has a bad rep, but it makes for a cost-effective solution with minimal maintenance. They also have the benefit of getting exactly what you want without worrying about indoor compatibility or restrictions.  Are they for you?.

Preserved Walls:

The plants in preserved walls are actually former live plants that have been treated with a special solution. This eco-friendly mixture, usually made of salt, water, and glycerin, is sprayed onto the foliage, locking in its natural beauty. This kind has all the charm and benefits of artificial walls, but the proper look and feel of a live wall. It’s a happy medium for those struggling to choose! How do they work?.

Moss Walls:

Similar to preserved walls, the moss used in moss walls is completely preserved, meaning it requires zero regular maintenance. However, you’ve got to keep an eye on the humidity levels in your space. They’re a sustainable and eco-friendly option for bringing the outdoors in. You can combine types of moss to create layers and dimension to the space which we will talk about later. What can you do?.

How They Compare Visually

Picking the perfect green wall goes beyond just looks. These snaps from client sites below should give you a good idea of what the different types look like:


What You Need To Consider:

The Conditions: Is the green wall going to be inside or outside? This can affect the choice of plants and their compatibility with the elements, our team can help you with this.

Structural Changes: Do you have permission to get hooked up to the mains and drill into the wall? Or, do you need to look at options that are renter-friendly (which is entirely possible by the way!)? Our NAAVA walls are great if you want a green wall but can’t deal with the commitment, or can’t make any structural changes. Read more about them here. Again, our team of qualified designers can help you with this.

Cost Considerations: Our team can help you with this and design with a budget in mind:

  • The size and scope; the bigger it is the more expensive. But this also refers to the needs of the space. Our clients don’t always have easy spaces to work with, but with our vast experience, we always work around them. Simply, It just sometimes means that we need to look into better materials for you. To read about tips for saving space, read here.
  • Type of planting you go; the more common it is, the cheaper it is. Artificial walls are a cost-effective option as it’s a guaranteed one-time purchase. However, if you want some uncommon plants for a unique look then that’s something to consider.
  • Maintenance schemes can also affect price depending on the length of the contract and the size of your project.

If your still a bit unsure, read here where we debunk the biggest myths we get told all the time.


How They Work/ What They Need:

Think maintaining a green wall is complicated? Let’s simplify it. We’ll break down the basics of what your green wall needs to thrive and keep it looking lush and healthy. Trust us, with a little know-how, you’ll be a green wall pro in no time. Can’t remember what they look like? Here’s your reminder.

Living walls:

Now we won’t lie to you, living walls do need some TLC but fear not, we’ve got your back. Our designs include a nifty water tank and irrigation system, so you can kiss goodbye to watering each plant individually. This, of course, depends on your space and can be made bespoke. And here’s a little secret: if your space is a bit shady, no worries! We’ll hook you up with some artificial light magic to keep those plants happy. Pruning, fertilising, and keeping those pesky diseases at bay are all part of what they require. We offer comprehensive plant care packages so we are well-equipped to take the stress out of owning and maintaining your wall.

Artificial Walls:

These babies don’t need any maintenance as the foliage for the walls is constructed from plastic. They obviously don’t have a watering system to think about so, what’s the catch? Well, there really isn’t one! Artificial walls are the ultimate solution for busy plant lovers who want a green wall without the stress.

Preserved Walls:

An eco-friendly mixture (usually made of salt, water, and glycerin) is sprayed onto the foliage, locking in its natural beauty. Once dried, these preserved plants require no water or light to maintain their lush appearance. Pretty cool, right? With preserved walls, you get the look and feel of live plants, with the additional benefits of artificial plants.

Moss Walls:

When it comes to moss walls, you’ve got to keep an eye on the humidity levels in your space. Like live moss, preserved moss retains moisture. Maintaining a humidity level between 30% and 70% is key to your moss wall looking lush and hydrated for years. However, these kinds of walls are a great way of incorporating logos into the planting designs as they are entirely customisable!

If you want to read more on green walls – check out our ultimate guide.

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