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Traditional vertical gardens

In traditional vertical gardens plants are rooted on the ground. In this system, plants utilize

the façade to climb up. The façade only acts as support and it does not provide humidity or

nutrients. The most often used plant species is ivy, Hedera helix. The advantages are the low

cost of installation and maintenance. These green walls offer shade which decreases the

costs building refrigeration. The main disadvantage is that many years are required for the

façade to be vegetated or to restore the green cover after a plant´s death. The thermic

insolation is low as well as protection against atmospheric events. Also, some plants can

cause damage to the façade. From the aesthetic and artistic point of views these types of

green walls are less rich as compared to other systems. Pic by Charles Parker.

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