Thanks to my friend Jenny for finding this one -- Michelle Kaufmann shows how to make vertical wall plantings.

It's a surprisingly easy way to add some green life to your home, deck and/or office. If done correctly and on a big enough scale, vertical gardens can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

In the summer, any walls in direct sun would benefit from having vertical gardens. The plants soak up the sun's rays and greatly reduce the amount of heat being transmitted through the walls to the interior of a house.

When the weather turns cold, those same hanging plants, now dead or dormant, add another layer to the house's thermal buffer. The vertical garden would do a good job of deflecting cold arctic blasts of air and would translate to some savings on the heating bill.

And if you bring your vertical garden inside, you'll get cleaner air and a good conversation piece.

Via [G Living]

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