Cover in all support with climbing plants where fruit and decorative trees were once fixed, is practicing this kind of art. Cultivating vegetal directly on a wall is method that comes under various formulae.
Pergolas, lattice, vegetal wall… follow the guide !

Re-vegetate a wall

Many systems of wall kit with autonomous modules or with framework, enable to realize vertical plantation. Zoom.

The origin
Who said that many plants must have its complete roots in the soil or a pot to be able flourish. But not for Patrick Blanc. Botanist and inventor of the vegetal wall, it is inspired of what is happening in tropical forests to set a system – patented – to grow plants on a panel, wall or another support. And this works pretty well.

Photos: Vegetal wall furnishes by Green Wall Concept Ltd.

The setup of the vegetal wall that we see on the photo by Green Wall Concept Ltd has lasted for two weeks.

Green Wall Concept Ltd
In Mauritius, many landscaper and companies
evolving in this field have started working on vegetal walls over the last few years. Green Wall Concept Ltd, whose director is Nylan Sungkur, creates some very original installations.
For the plants, the artist merges reclaimed
wood, mirrors or coloured crushed metal cans.
An amazing and artistic result! The system? It consists of installing two layers of irrigation mat or horticultural felt on a tight PVC panel. The felt layers mimic in a way, the mosses that grow on rocky walls and that serve as support to many plant roots. A pipe network monitored by eletrovalves brings a nutritive solution containing mineral elements that are required for the growth of the plants. The felt absorbs by capillarity this nutritive solution,
which goes down along the wall by gravity. Roots of the plants collect the nutritive elements that they need, and the excess water is gathered at the bottom of the wall with a gutter, before being re-injected in the pipe network: the system functions in closed circuit. The plants are chosen for their capacity to grow on this type of environment and light. There are also grasses, chlorophytum, nephrolepsis, coleus, alternanthera and so on.

Gros cailloux ltd company

Gros Cailloux Ltd company also offers installation of vegetal walls with Bin Fen Green Wall System. The basic element consists of a frame with five openings. In each of the openings, you can set a flower pot specially designed.
Each pot can benefit from an automatic irrigation. The frames are equipped with a cone/cavity enabling to connect many cables among them in a flexible way, to create walls or autonomous decorative objects. This system enables to install frames on a wall with much more accuracy, on a support.
No distinctive waterproof fencing is necessary. With the automatic irrigation system, the Bin Fen Green Wall System do not
waste any drop of water.
Each plant grows in its own pot, with its own irrigation. If needed, a plant can benefit from a fertilizer or specific compost. Thus, you can gladly make your own choice of plants. Do not forget that it is very easy to change them when they are withered, or if you wish to decorate your wall with other colours, forms and/or dimensions.

Coin vert

Cédric Affouye, director of Coin Vert,
also install vegetal walls.
He has studied the different systems in their American, European and Australian version and offers in Mauritius a different construction method, adapted to local conditions, more ecological, with a life span of a hundred years if it is well maintained. He constructs the vegetal walls on existing vertical surfaces, with a metallic structure as backup.
We can contemplate these works at the Air Mauritius airport lounge.

Vaneron Garden Centre markets vegetal walls made of polypropylene pots. The price will be around Rs 5 700 for a vegetal wall of 36 pots (plants and irrigation system included).

5 alternative solutions

The setup of a vegetal wall seems difficult or too expensive? Try simpler techniques with pots (ceramic, tin cans) directly screwed to the wall of your garden.

You know these suspended fabric storage with pockets. Why not turn them into a vegetal wall?

And why not recover pallets to make a vegetal wall?

You can also hang your flower pots
to a fenced wall which you can frame with wood.

Another good idea, create vegetal charts or framework

Covering facades and fences

Facade walls and fencing elements can easily be dressed by climbing plants to brighten or hide a large naked surface.

Vegetal on the walls revive the large facades with forms and colours. Latticework is a good way to cover the facades and to fence different areas of the garden. It is very elegant as decorative object. It can be used for many purposes due to its various forms and materials. Whether it is dressed of blind facade, beautified by gazebos, or embellished by naked walls, latticework is can be fixed everywhere. It thus serves as support to climbing plants for a surface covered with a lush green carpet, or with
optical illusions to create perspectives.
It can also constitute of a palisade to
delimit a land, or even a partition to
form a shelter or arches. The latticework or dense mesh is converted into windbreaker or blackout panel.

Different styles
The multiple assets of latticework varies in terms of its material, mesh and its forms. Wood is the most popular material, favoured for its natural appearance that totally merges in the garden when painted in green. There are also PVC and rarely metal latticework, two materials that are very more resistant to weather conditions than wood… but less aesthetic
and authentic. Traditionally in rhombus or square shape, the mesh or latticework affect the atmosphere that is created.
A latticework or rhombus mesh introduces a touch of fantasy, ideal to lighten up the atmosphere for too hostile garden.
If the effect that you are looking for is that of a well embellished garden, then choose a square mesh latticework. Often sold in rectangular panels, the latticework is also available in the shape of curls, arch, optical illusion or trapezium.
It is also available as mural decorations in the shape of bushes.

How to place a wooden latticework?

Install a wooden latticework near
all those who knows how to use a drill.
You only have to obtain a latticework, generally sold with wedges, long screws and suitable pins. Take your toolbox out and follow those instructions.

  1. Drill the latticework at four places that are near each other or two overlapped wooden slats.
    2. Secure the latticework against the wall at the
    wanted place, and mark on the wall the places
    that you want to drill the latticework.
    3. Drill the wall where you have left the marks.
    4. Place the pins in the wall, and then push them in with a hammer.
    Slide a long screw in the latticework hole.
    If you want to have a gap between the latticework and the wall, put a wedge on the screw.
    The gap will enable the climbing plants to pass through the mesh of the latticework.
    5. Place the screws in the pins and fasten.

Where to buy a latticework?
Big hardware stores like Espace Maison and Mr Bricolage generally offer a wide range of PVC or wooden fix or expendable
latticework panels of different sizes.
You will also find them at Vaneron Garden Centre.

Which plants to choose?
Climbing plants like bougainvillea, jasmine, ivy, rose, Hoya, Tristellateia, Pyrostegia, Podranea or Quisqualis.

Dressing up pergolas

In the shape of rounded or straight arches, the pergolas dress the terrace or garden lanes in terms of their verticality. They offer a lovely area for every type of plants.

The pergola finds its place on top of a lane, between two areas of the garden or as an extension of the house. By gaining attention, it creates a sense of mystery that incites us to look beyond. Its size varies from a single arch to a series of arches. Today, the most popular material is wood because it is easy to assemble and maintain.
Iron finds its place with some models. Whatever may be the material, the pergola must not to be larger than its height.
They are available in big hardware
stores like Espace Maison and Mr Bricolage. They are also available in wood specialized (Li Tung Sang & Co. Ltd or Wong Chap Lan & Co. Ltd).

Source: Lacase magasin No 38
By | Marie GOUGES Photos | Jean-Noël Ah Kee