City living offers many benefits to those who choose to live in the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle – from the variety of places you can eat, to being a few steps or just a bicycle ride away from the office, to the never-ending excitement of the social scene. However, there are moments when one tends to miss the soft green surrounds and gentle aromas of a suburban garden that are limited due to the lack of space and density of a city.
A growing trend and answer to every urban gardener’s need for green is the introduction of vertical gardens. Designed and landscaped alongside walls or fences, these green creations (depending on the plant) can be showcased on the inside or outside of your home – allowing homeowners a chance to truly bring nature to the city. A fine example of how nature and concrete can coincide and bring beauty to our urban spaces, is urban developer Blok’s newest development Sevenons in Cape Town.
“As developers we need to embrace the urban landscape and not neglect this aspect when it comes to our developments; the potential of a new building to impact its environment positively is immense. Then of course there are many additional ways in which developers can contribute to the urban landscape in a positive way- by engaging with urban stakeholders and identifying opportunities where our resources can be used to make a positive and meaningful contribution. For example, public art installations and investing resources where they’re needed, as we’ve done with our Thornhill Park project,” says Lior van Embden, Blok’s head of marketing.
It is always important to start by choosing the right space for your garden. The space needs to offer the best visual appeal and enough exposure to sunlight to ensure that the plants grow and blossom.
Once you have chosen your perfect spot – you then need to choose plants that would work in the space you’ve chosen and create the perfect structure. For the structure, you will need a PVC pipe and four-way joint (this is always the better option as metal adds more weight to the structure and wood requires special protection against moisture). You will also need a strong fabric (like felt carpet padding) which will be where your plants live and where the water is stored. An irrigation system is extremely important as your fertiliser will also be added to this and it will be the system that keeps your plants green and luscious.