This structure in the porch opened my mind to the idea of small green walls.  I think they have been very creative & I can’t wait to see this when it is fully grown.

This structure in the porch opened my mind to the idea of small green walls. I think they have been very creative & I can’t wait to see this when it is fully grown.

I recently spied an ingenious way to install a green wall in a very small space – literally at the entrance of a house beside the front door.

A lightweight metal structure, used I think to stabilize & reinforce the concrete when forming cement slabs, has been fixed to the brick wall.  A Star Jasmine vine is being trained up through the metal & will very quickly hide as well as pad the structure transforming this area into a green wall.

Not only have they repurposed the metal structure making this a sustainable approach, the green wall will also help lower the heat of their front porch & at least part of their house in summer as they face west.  The green wall will add significant beauty making a nice entrance & also a cool green porch to sit in if they wish.

Star Jasmine is very quick to grow.  It is soft to touch & can be cut back easily.  In the weeks around Christmas, this wall will be covered in highly perfumed white flowers, which will probably fill the house with a lovely scent.

I think this is a terrific idea that can easily be done on other walls & structures.

Recently I attended a verge garden workshop run by Marrickville Council.  We were shown a Photoshop mockup of similar plans for an exterior wall on a corner property to stop the constant graffiti tagging.  Lightweight metal gridding standing a few centimeters from the wall will be attached & a couple of vines like Star Jasmine planted in the ground & trained up to cover the wall.

Within a short time this will become a green wall & probably the pride of the local community.   Because the metal structure will not touch the wall, except for the attachment points, there will be no problems with rising damp or any other damage.  It looked terrific & appealed to all the participants.

Sydney City Council has done much larger versions under the overhead roadways near the Fish Markets & along the railway line in Erskineville & these green walls look fantastic.  It’s fairly cheap to do, Star Jasmine is long-lived & easily managed & pretty much everyone likes green walls, including wildlife.  It will also permanently stop tagging.

Imagine how Marrickville LGA could look if the exterior of buildings on corners & laneways were to become green walls.  They soften harsh landscapes, lower the urban heat island effect, offer habitat for small birds, lizards & insects & add beauty for the eye.

 

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