In today’s entry we will focus on the latest trend in today’s design, vertical gardens. For the past couple of years you may have seen these works of art sprouting up more and more, and that is because they are becoming the new modern art form in terms of greenery and lush foliage. With vertical gardens you can create a landscape that turns drab walls into a living and breathing masterpiece, using all sorts of artificial foliage. You can mix traditional faux boxwood with a more modern fake ivy foliage to embrace both the old in new. The possibilities are endless and with Commercial Silk International’s line of artificial foliage you will have a faux wall garden that is long-lasting and most importantly easy t o maintain for years. The best part of our design team is that we are not only limited to mats of our foliage in making these vertical gardens, we can create them out of all of our faux plant products. You can easily build a green wall using artificial philodendron leaves or fake palm fronds to bring a more exotic look to your office space or home.
Let us explore the different ways you can vertical gardens in your garden or home to create a more contemporary or homestyle feel, whichever you prefer. A simple way to utilize our artificial foliage and have a place to hang them on a vertical structure is to use recycled pallet boxes. These simple crates that lay around collecting dust can become a major art piece by just attaching artificial mat rolls and hedges to their wooden panels. It is simple and yet an effective way to use an existing substrate as a wall piece without damaging your actual wall. Our suggestion would be to zip tie the mats to the wood (no worries, the foliage will cover up the ties) and then once they are attached you can then hang the palettes wherever you would like.
We at Commercial Silk International have come up with other substrate solutions to help you as you plan to build a vertical garden with artificial foliage. One of the most simple ways and one we use more often than not is galvanized steel as a screen. For building mat walls we simply take the artificial boxwood hedge foliage and attach it to the steel so there is a nice rigid backing. This allows for the substrate to withstand any amount of wind if you place it outside, and also can be helpful if you are not wanting to attach to a wall indoors. We also have foam substrates for vertical walls that may only be used temporary. This is our most economical option and allows you to move the wall, however big it is, with relative ease because of it’s lightweight nature. Our other substrate option is natural wood, much like the palette suggestion we mentioned above. With natural wood you can evoke a more “authentic” vibe.
Building a vertical garden from scratch could be difficult, especially if you are basing your ideas off of gardens scene in more modern cities like Tokyo. When you begin to look into building an artificial green wall you must first start with the type of foliage you want. What we suggest is to always throw in some sort of faux pearl grass variety, whether it be light or dark. Artificial pearl grass tends to be more wispy and airy allowing for a more ethereal feel when added to other types of foliage. Our faux boxwood foliage is something we have discussed many times throughout this blog, but again it is the most traditional and recognizable foliage type and is a great complimentary piece. Artificial juniper, azalea, and ivy all can be used within vertical garden design as well and if you are able to use all of these then you have truly found the sweet spot for creating true art.
Maybe you’re thinking “This all sounds great, but how do artificial plants and foliage survive outside”? Protection against the outside elements is crucial for any type of faux foliage being made into a vertical garden or green wall. PermaLeaf, our proprietary blend of chemicals, is the answer we have come up for all of our major commercial Customers like Disney and Universal Studios. This chemical blend has been tested through and through and has been studied extensively to ensure that when applied, our foliages don’t fade in the sun or grow brittle in the cold. This allows you the peace of mind of making a vertical garden for the outdoors.
If you are an interior designer then keeping your vertical wall as safe as possible is of highest priority. Fro many states there are fire codes you must abide to in regards to having artificial plants within a closed space. With ThermaLeaf, our other famous chemical blend, we ensure that the artificial foliage and plants you purchase for your faux green wall will be fire-resistant and impervious to random fire outbreaks. This is crucial to ensuring that your space is safe so definitely keep this in consideration if you are using a vertical garden for indoor use.
So we have gone into depth on how vertical gardens have become a huge trend in artificial plant design. You can use almost any type of substrate for your design, and we have some options as well, but being creative is what is most important. Understanding the faux foliage varieties is another part that must be looked into as you think about the actual design. Some foliages work well with each other and some don’t, so as we continue on this blog we will hit on a couple of those and explain it in more depth. Finally, the 2 different kinds of treatments to be applied to your artificial plants is crucial for you to look into as you begin designing so you can keep the green wall long-lasting and safe for everyone you looks upon it. Hopefully all this information will help you as you continue to research faux plants and foliage and continue your personal design process.