Guide to Vertical Greening at Home

Save valuable floor space while enjoying the benefits of living greenery in your home with this uncommon solution that brings life to your walls.

Updated on June 12, 2017 11:06 am

Xiangyun Lim (Alexa)


Vertical greening is not new. Over the years, its overwhelming positive impact on urban city living has seen more vertical greening in public spaces like commercial and industrial building walls, atriums, rooftops, and facades.

These benefits don’t have to stop at your doorstep. The problems of urban living still seep into homes: limited space, ambient city noise, dense populating. Vertical greening is not only a great space-saving solution for having nature at home, but also a unique aesthetic feature for your walls. Better technology also means prices are getting more affordable, which makes it a great time for homeowners to look into it.

Taman Residence by Vertical Garden

Faber Grove by Greenology

What is vertical greening?
Basically plants transposed onto vertical surfaces, vertical greening generally occurs in two kinds of systems: support and carrier. Newer contemporary systems also see more hybrids emerging in the market.


Support Carrier (Cassette) Carrier (Planter)
As their name suggests, support systems use structures of wire, mesh, and cable to the vertical growing of plants—usually climbing plants and cascading ground cover. This system uses modular units containing growing media and plants, and mounted on metal frames attached to the wall. The concept is similar to the cassette system, but planter boxes are stacked on top of each other at regular intervals.

What are the benefits of vertical greening?
Adding greenery to your space has benefits ranging from the physical to emotional. Vertical greening ups its game as the perfect solution to limited space.

Heat Heat is absorbed by plants instead of reflected by unadorned walls, lowering ambient temperatures.
Air Quality Not only do plants provide fresh oxygen, they also absorb dust and reduce pollutants.
Noise Ambient noise, such as traffic and construction, is absorbed.
Aesthetics Vertical greening is basically living wall art, which can be customised in its location, size, and even colour palette, and design.
Emotional Coming home to a lush green wall at home provides great relief and calm from the urban city living and rush of day-to-day life.

Can all plants be used in vertical greening?
No. Veera Sekaran, Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Greenology, advises against vegetables and annuals—but most perennials can work. His rigorous research for the Greenology vertical greening system has uncovered close to 600 possible species, both temperate and tropical, that can thrive in their system even when exported to places like Australia.

The best plant species is also dependent on the location of the wall and the resultant amount of sunlight and environmental exposure.

Does it require a high level of maintenance?
It depends on the planter system used. For example, the climbers used in support systems are essential as potted plants are, and require the same approach in care.

However, a specially designed system like Greenology’s is built to require minimal maintenance, incorporating an automated watering system wired to provide just the right amount of water at regular times. The use of organic, soilless media also means no bugs! All that's needed is occasional pruning to ensure all plants get equal exposure to light.

What kind of feature can I do?
Be creative; it is as much an aesthetic feature as a beneficial addition to your home. Below are just some of the many possibilities:




Is it a worthy investment?
The benefits of bringing nature into your home may surprise you. Specially designed systems may cost more than potted plants but lasts up to two decades, with the flexibility of changing the plant species for a different design.

Greenology: $580-$700 per square metre of customised wall
Vertical Garden: $1,500 for each 1m x 2.2m HyGroWall panel, and $750 per square metre of customised wall

Which wall at home should I choose?
Choose a wall that maximises the feature, of course! It can be a conversation-starting centrepiece, a corner for quiet reflection, or even a replacement for the television. Unless you are going DIY, work with greenologists to choose the spot and design that fit your preferences and home.

Jervois Hill by Greenology

Jalan Songket by Greenology

Leo Drive Residence by Vertical Garden

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