Installation & Maintenance Costs
Costs are varied depending on the project, but on average the cost for installing a living wall system, complete with plants, is $195 – $265 per sq ft. Once installed living walls require on-going maintenance regularly to stay healthy and vibrant.
Vertical Gardens vs. Green Facades
Vertical Gardens differ significantly from “green facades”. A green facade uses a trellis system to hold the vines of plants that are rooted in the ground; But in a vertical garden the plants are rooted in the wall modules, so plants get their water and nutrients from the system, not from the ground.
Vertical Gardens allows for a wider variety of plants than green facades, and you don’t have to wait years for tall vines to grow. They can even grow herbs and food plants, making them true “vertical gardens”.
Living Retaining Walls
A specialized type of vertical garden is a “living retaining wall”. These are sloped retaining walls that contain built-in planters. LIke a regular living wall, you can use a wide variety of plants, like flowers, greenery, herbs, food plants, etc.