Feature Vertical Gardens Adelaide Clients Had Installed To Their Courtyard.
From the first consultation walking into the courtyard, it struck me as cold and unattractive, so required some expert vision and innovative landscaping ideas to bring this area to life.
After discussing several options, installing vertical gardens to the two bare walls was chosen by the Adelaide city residents.
Vertical gardens Adelaide home owners have installed are popular feature walls because they are completely flexible. Plants can be chosen that suit how much, or little Sun the wall receives, flower colour and design can be matched to blend in with the existing colour scheme, you can even create a sensory wall with amazing scents. Perhaps the biggest advantage vertical gardens bring to Adelaide courtyards is the fact that when integrated with a pressure compensating drip irrigation system, each plant gets just the right amount of water making a fabulous but very low maintenance landscaping solution.
A steel frame was mounted to the existing wall for the vertical gardens to be screwed to. Coming in kit form, they require being built in situ into modules and then screwed to the frame.
A fully automated drip irrigation system was then installed which included an isolation valve, back-flow device, solenoids and 240-volt timer with back up battery.
Pressure compensating drippers were used to directly feed the plantings to avoid any siphoning. Filter fabric was laid in the bottom of each pot and a quality medium potting mix with water crystals and fertilizer was installed into the pots before planting each plant in accordance with the desired design.
Features Of The Two Vertical Gardens Include:
- Galvanized steel framework was built and attached to the masonry wall
- Boxes of vertical garden modules were brought through the house to the courtyard area
- Modules of UV stabilized housings were assembled in the courtyard and attached to the steel framework using galvanized tek screws ready for the pot inserts
- Isolation valve was fitted to the mains water system and a back-flow device, solenoid and timer installed
- Pressure compensating drip irrigation was installed for direct water feed to each plant
- Filter fabric and a quality potting mix medium with water crystals and fertilizer filled each pot which have a capacity of 6.5 litres
- Crushed river pebble was used for the courtyard floor
- Pots with Bamboo and some garden statues were used in the corners to fill the space
Plants Potted To Create The Vertical Gardens Included:
- Lomandra Easy As
- Liriope Emerald Cascade
- Black mondo grass
- Nandina obsession
- Russellia Equisetiforms
- Grevillea Optusifolia
- Abelia Grandiflora
- Dianella Little Jess
- Disphyllum Sunpeach
- Brachyscombe Break Of Day
- Euphorbia Hybrid Lipstik
- Hadera Pittsburgh
- Tradescantia Pallida
- Cotyledon Macrantha
- Nephrolepsis Exaltata
The courtyard floor was then topped with crushed river pebbles which emphasized a natural setting.
The result portrays a tranquil, soft aesthetically pleasing area which the clients now love to enjoy and relax.
The area has gone from being the worst area in this Adelaide city living dwelling to the client’s favorite spot, serving as an outdoor entertaining area for all occasions.
Note: Previous landscaping had damaged the foundations of the block wall, so the first thing to do was to get the foundation under pinned which involved digging under the foundation, jacking and lifting the foundation up to bring the wall back to plumb. Concrete was then poured under the foundation to secure the wall with expansion joints installed in each corner.
Once the block wall was secure and level, we went about designing the frame work and installation of the two vertical gardens.
The resulting area was transformed into a stunning garden area.
Landscapers ‘Visual Landscape Gardening’ were chosen to undertake the project, including the repair work to previous landscaping efforts because of the experience and scope of work required. It would have been easy to ignore the damage previously done and proceed, able to point the finger later, but our integrity and honesty is why we’re one of the most respected landscapers Adelaide residents choose when landscaping their outdoor living spaces.
Low maintenance landscaping is an important consideration with all projects, something we always include as options when discussing the landscape design with clients. Vertical gardens offer so much as a feature, they’re always worth looking at as an option when screening a wall, or even in lieu of timber privacy screens separating two areas.
For more information and ideas with images on vertical gardens Adelaide residents can have installed, take a look at the vertical gardens page of our website.