This new direction in home gardens was previously limited to large-scale commercial projects featured at prestigious events, such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Although it’s often difficult to detect through dense screens of plants, a new vertical gardening system, WallGarden, is behind the Australian trend.
Strong retail and online demand for WallGarden among home growers since it was released in December 2011 show it is emerging as the preferred system for vertical gardening in each state and territory.
WallGarden director Stephen Collis says the system’s popular appeal stems from its patented design, which provides adequate soil and moisture for growing a variety of plants.
These benefits contrast with other vertical gardening systems that are only suited to a small variety of plants due to ‘hit and miss’ irrigation methods and insufficient soil to enable vigorous, healthy growth.
“The vertical arrangement of planters resemble a series of large ‘soil steps’ that allow plants to grow naturally upwards, quickly encouraging new growth to conceal the supporting WallGarden system,” Mr Collis says.
“Designed to accommodate long-term growth, WallGarden gives plants a large volume of potting mix for establishing roots, typical of standard potting options.
“But unlike pot plants, which are prone to drying out, WallGarden can be fitted with a highly efficient irrigation system that takes advantage of gravity, ensuring water flows from top to bottom through the system,” he says.
This design feature helps home gardeners to minimise their water use because the trickle-down effect recycles water between planters, ensuring excess moisture flows down from one planter to the next.
“The modular design also gives home gardeners the flexibility to simply re-arrange the planters in their vertical displays for ease of planting or presentation adjustments,” he says.
Another major benefit for home gardeners who invest in WallGarden is the cost-savings.
“WallGarden is available for about 25 per cent of the price of alternative vertical gardening systems,” Mr Collis says, adding that $100 buys a square metre of vertical garden.
Components for installing and irrigating WallGardens are conveniently available in hardware stores.
For more information, visit the WallGarden website: www.wallgarden.com.au or contact Stephen Collis on 0409 704 397 or via email: Stephen@wallgarden.com.au