San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
A garden can transform an ordinary space into something beautiful. The newest trend in gardening is a welcome site to those in urban areas. Vertical gardens, also known as green walls and living walls are making their presence seen in many urban areas. Green walls are considered a part of sustainable landscaping, due to their environmental benefits and edible gardening possibilities.
Vertical gardens provide the opportunity for everyone to own a garden. “As yards get smaller this provides a wonderful alternative to a full garden,” said Fanny Obadia, San Jose landscape designer and owner of Green Thumbs Up. Before deciding if a vertical garden is a good alternative there are a few factors to consider.
What is the purpose? Vertical gardens make a beautiful, natural addition to any unused space or wall. Vertical gardens can be purely aesthetic with beautiful overflowing plants and greenery, or they can be a practical resource for growing healthy organic herbs and vegetables for the family to enjoy. They work well in concealing an unattractive space, or a broken and old fence. An interior vertical garden can help cool a space by providing shade outside or as Fanny explains, “they can reduce urban heat and improve air quality indoors.”
Evaluate the space. A permanent wall is great for installing specialized felt pockets that wick moisture to your plants while keeping the walls dry. If the vertical garden is temporary, a trellis can be used. “The durability of the wall will dictate what can be planted. If the wall is sturdy, tomatoes or cucumbers are an option, if the wall is not well supported it will probably be best to look at growing herbs and flowering plants,” said Fanny. The location of the garden, will determine the watering system. “Typically a drip irrigation system is installed, making hand watering unnecessary, unless your vertical garden is installed inside,” said Fanny.
Determining the environment will dictate what to plant. Check the amount of sun or shade the space gets. “Tomatoes and squash require a lot of sun, but ferns and some herbs can be planted in shadier areas. It is important to place the right plant in the right place,” said Fanny.
For more information about this special company that provides personalized service, call (650) 575-3726, or please visit their website http://www.paloaltogardens.com or check out their profile on BuildZoom.
About Green Thumbs Up
Based in Palo Alto California, Green Thumbs Up Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor that designs, installs, and maintains beautiful and environmentally friendly garden spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. Owner and CEO Fanny Obadia, has experience in many design styles including contemporary, modern, English, Japanese, and specializes in fruit and vegetable gardens and sustainable and low-water gardens. Her artful detail and attention to sustainable landscaping and garden practices are reflected in her beautiful work. Green Thumbs Up is a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association and Certified Bay Friendly Landscaping.