Wallgardens (Google / Spec-Net)

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http://www.spec-net.com.au/press/0911/mod_210911.htm

Wallgardens and Vertical Garden Systems from Modtank

Vertical gardens or Wallgarden systems are adding a new dimension for urban gardeners along stark walls, bleak buildings and drab fences this spring.

Barren expanses, including the concrete walls of courtyards and pathways without garden beds, are being transformed into thriving extensions of the home garden where natural beauty abounds.

Envisage bare outdoor surfaces adorned with masses of fragrant flowers, thickets of grasses or teaming with aromatic herbs. As Irish novelist and poet Oscar Wilde once said, “Nothing succeeds like excess,” and Wallgardens facilitate this maxim among horticultural enthusiasts.

Vertical spaces also extend new possibilities for gardeners keen to create a rainforest habitat spilling down walls or a mix of native vegetation resembling a coastal cliff face.

This new direction in gardening has evolved to suit the home gardener from the spectacular vertical garden displays showcased at the world’s premium horticultural event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The benefits for gardeners are as abundant as the plant life that Wallgardens support.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.