Interior Walls; even though you may have skylights and a lot of natural light where your wall is to be located ,Scotscape strongly recommend Grow-lights which will keep the lush green look of your vegetation ,all year round.Lighting levels of 1000-1500 Lux is recommended,and suppliers such as Howard Lawrence can advise.
Pruning is essential too,to keep your wall looking structured yet natural.As you cut back areas of perhaps grasses or ferns which can become leggy if left to grow,you will ensure the lower lying foliage gets enough light too,thus foliage grows evenly.
Benefits-aside from looking stunningly beautiful,the colour green has enormous well being properties ; from a colour psychology perspective,Green is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions,creating equilibrium between the head and the heart.Green is an ‘emotionally positive’ colour,symbolising growth,spring,renewal and rebirth.Being a combination of yellow and blue,green encompasses the mental clarity and optimism of yellow with the emotional calm and insight of Blue. All good then.. !
Commercially,companies using and installing living walls help communicate to their customers their ‘green credentials’ and demonstrate a companys’ sustainability targets. As well as supermarkets and hotel chains putting living walls on the side of what can be rather bland buildings,building firms,keen to offset their ‘carbon footprint’ are using panels of planted-up living walls on their hoardings. Berkley Homes are championing this…..interesting as they are known to be prolific house builders.Also entire walls of IVY , essentially Ivy Screens ( also supplied by Scotscape ) are being used on building development sites to again soften the hardscaping,but also to minimise dust…the ivy literally attracts the dust via static,thus keeping it off the immediate surrounding area and street level. To wash…? Simply hose it down a few times a week!
Perhaps the greatest eco credential of a Living Wall installation is the improved air quality;-the walls physically breathe air into cities and purify air in interiors-leading to improved working environments and consequently happier,more productive staff.