Gardens are a great place to sit and relax. In apartments and flats, the lack of space is a common roadblock for those who wish to have beautiful green gardens. A vertical garden is a solution to this, as it can easily be created in a small space. When done creatively, vertical gardens can transform the boring backyard, balcony or roof into works of art.
Madhu Chopra, a resident of Vasant Kunj, flaunts a green entrance to her house. She planted the creepers some 10 years back. “With the glass window in the centre, I was sure it would look beautiful,” she says. The maintenance cost is also a mere Rs 50 to Rs 100 that the gardener takes for the pruning of the creepers. “All it takes from my side is just to water them regularly,” she adds.
One can get experimental and use hanging baskets to grow flowers and add colour. Chopra’s gardener, Govind, feels the same about the house. Vertical gardens, he says, “not just add beauty to your house but also come with benefits that keep its beauty intact.” As these gardens are set up vertically, it is out of reach of pests and rodents that play a major role in spoiling even the most well done gardens. Also, these get saved from various soil-borne and fungal diseases, he explains.The most suitable plants to grow in vertical gardens are the climbing plants, or creepers. The wall, says Govind, “should be strong — the plaster should be nice.”
Vertical gardens prove beneficial for those enthusiastic about having their own vegetable gardens as well. Some vegetables and fruits that can be grown in a vertical garden include tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, lemons, oranges, guavas and grapes.
So, go on and introduce vertical gardens in your homes and enjoy nature.