Living Walls vs. Artificial Plant Walls: What's right for you?
If you're looking to spruce up your office space or your living quarters, investing in wall greenery could be a great choice. There is plenty of research to suggest that greenery is healthy for the mind, but we are at a time where space is limited/expensive… going vertical is the obvious solution. However, it can be quite tricky to decide if you would like artificial green walls or real green walls. If you are in this position of deciding what is right for you, take a look at this article as we will discuss some of the pros and cons of both types of green walls. By the end of the article, you'll be able to get a much better sense of which one best fits your lifestyle.
At the end of the day, we can’t suggest that artificial plants are better than real ones. Real plants will always have a winning edge, because they are… well, real. However, there are circumstances where an artificial plant wall will be better suited than living walls. These reasons could be budget, lifestyle, location. We will discuss them all.
A real Living Green Wall is no doubt a real eye catching feature if installed and maintained correctly. It has he added benefit of carbon dioxide absorption and it will benefit local wildlife by providing a habitat for bugs etc that will in turn provide food for birds. The cons to a living wall, are that they have a big installation cost, they will require ongoing maintenance and occasional replacement of plants. Installing irrigation can be a big task in itself and the costs can rack up. And with this large investment there is a big risk that the plants may not thrive, weeds will try to take over and you can end up with a green wall that doesn’t reflect the original design. A lot of forethought and dedication must go into a living wall and it doesn’t always work out. Living walls have limitations on where they can be installed, they obviously need a good light source, irrigation, but must not cause damp to existing structures, with these requirements, it can be difficult to find the right space for it.
In comparison, artificial green walls don’t have the environmental benefits that living walls can offer. However they do look as pretty (if not more beautiful) and can be installed anywhere! They require minimal maintenance - just some light dusting here and there. There is no need to worry about water, replacing plants, weeds etc. You need not require a green thumb to own an artificial green wall, and you also don’t have to worry about bugs/insects entering your space (a big benefit for some!). On top of that, they are much cheaper than living walls, especially when you count in the maintenance side too.
Ultimately having an artificial green wall is just as beautiful as a real green wall and takes a lot less upkeep. You will not have to replace the greenery or flowers continually. One of the main differences between an artificial in a real green one is the potential health benefit from a real green wall. You can get those benefits anywhere! Artificial green walls have a lot of variety, and you do not have to worry about the different needs of each plant. Consider investing in an artificial green wall that can last for years with proper maintenance.