Have you ever wanted to include a green wall design on your house?
Green walls can help to cool the outside wall surface of your home (especially on southern and western exposures) and are just as beneficial in shading benefit as large shade trees. Residential green wall systems are a simple way to add vertical vegetation and can be installed with some basic tools.
Green walls can also help dress up blank walls and we thought that this would be the perfect location on the Lake HillD house to try out a green wall trellising system, also known as a green facade. This is the West elevation of our house that has a narrow planting strip located between a kitchen and dining room window. We could have put some tall shrubs to help soften the wall, but we have been removing large shrubs around the foundation of the house for years! The challenge with large shrubs is that they can get just as wide as they are tall and we just want plants to grow vertically here.
The Green Wall Design We Chose
We decided to install the greenscreen green facade system which includes powder coated, welded wire panels with customized mounting attachments. By directly mounting to the masonry wall, we can save some money by eliminating any additional costs such as posts.
To see how we also used the trellis plant system to hide our super large rainwater barrel from the neighbors, click here.
Materials We Used
All that we needed to install the panels were a hammer drill, level, masonry bit and masonry anchors. The welded wire panels require a certain number of attachments per panel and on our installation, we used 4 attachments for the top panel and 6 attachments for the lower panel. The masonry anchors will be used to fasten the clip attachment to the block wall to hold the panels in place. The manufacturer recommends that the panels be mounted 6″ off of the ground, so we started by holding the panel on the wall to mark the locations of where the clip attachments will be located.
After marking the location of the first masonry anchor location, we drilled the pilot hole with the hammer drill and installed the first clip attachment. The clip attachment has a removable sled (lower right corner), which clips onto the panel. After installing the first attachment and using it as a guide, we leveled the panel and marked the location for the remaining attachments.
We then leveled all of the attachment clips.
The removable sleds were then installed and the lower panel was installed with the sleds holding the panel in place.
To install the top panel, we temporarily laid the panel on top of the lower panel to mark the locations of the attachment clips. Once the hole locations were marked, we removed the top panel and drilled the pilot holes for the masonry anchors. The sleds were removed from the attachments, the panels was put in place and the sleds were re-attached to hold the panel in place.
Second verse, same as the first!
That’s it! The green wall trellising system is ready for some plants! For this installation, we wanted to include two different types of vines to add some seasonal interest. The panels are 10′ in length and 8′ in height and we felt like 5 plants would be more than enough to cover the panels. 3 Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) and 2 Mandevillea (Mandevillea var.) were planted 24″ on center at the base of the panels and the long tendrils were woven into the grid of the panels.
After the plants were installed, the entire area got a fresh layer of hardwood mulch and all we have to do is wait for the plants to grow!
Six Weeks Later