Do you live in a terraced house in the middle of the city? Then there are many reasons to create a facade garden. Healthier air, a more attractive house, a boost for biodiversity: you name it. We guide you in seven simple steps to the ideal facade garden that fits your home.
Green works well
For decades, researchers have been intrigued by the effect that nature has on us. Being surrounded by nature helps us heal faster after a medical setback, reduces the presence of stress hormones in our bodies and gives us a feeling of happiness. These are strong arguments, but there are a whole series of other reasons for planting a facade garden.
First and foremost, a facade garden brightens up your home: you can express your personality in it and it raises the appearance of your street to a higher level. In addition, plants help purify polluted air and form an excellent insulation layer for your home. Both cold and heat are well protected by climbing plants, and your facade stone is also protected against moisture. Finally, climbing plants are the ideal base for birds and ladybirds, bringing life to your street. Totally convinced? In these seven steps you can easily create your own unique facade garden.
1. Check with your municipality
The most important thing at the start of a facade garden is of course the application to the municipality. In many municipalities the construction of a facade garden is provided free of charge by the municipality itself, but you have to pay for the plants and the maintenance. This encourages residents to opt for a facade garden. In other communes the plants are delivered and in yet other communes you have to take care of the construction yourself.
2. Thoroughly analyse the facade of your home
Another important factor before choosing plants and styles is to find out how much sun your facade gets and how high it is. In addition, when planning, make sure that ventilation holes and vents are kept clear. Once you have checked all this, it is time to choose your plant mix.
3. Choose the ideal plants
Preferably choose plants and flowers that attract butterflies and bees, alternated with a strong climber. For example, ivy or climbing rose provide the height for your facade garden, while lavender, sage and lemon thyme can provide colour and fragrance. You will find a list of plants and flowers which attract the most bees and butterflies here.
4. Make room for your facade garden
Every municipality has its own rules about how large or small your facade garden may be. Often the removal of tiles is provided for by the municipality, but in some cases you have to remove them yourself. The important thing here is that if the tiles are the property of the municipality, you are obliged to keep them.
5. Start digging!
When you dig up your facade garden, you have to take the excess soil to the container park or landfill. Ideally, you should dig at least 10 centimetres deep so that the roots of your plants are deep enough and thus protected.
6. Border your facade garden
To create a good border, it is best to use wood, roof tiles or remnants of the tiles you removed, depending on what you like or what best suits your facade. Fill the demarcated area with loose soil that you shoveled away or that you get at the back of the garden.
7. Give your plants a good spot
Before you give all your plants a place, try out a few arrangements to find out the best colour and height combinations. Once you are satisfied, it is time to put your flowers and plants in the ground and watch your wall garden grow in the months to come.