How to make a living wall
Living walls have boomed in popularity in recent years and you can create the same look with no maintenance, no mess and year-round style with our video guide.
From trendy indoor wall features to leafy outdoor seating areas, living walls have boomed in popularity in recent years to transform cold concrete and dreary fences into a botanical paradise in the comfort of your home.
With the real thing, you've got to install special drainage and keep up with regular pruning and watering, whereas by making a faux living wall, you can create the same look with no maintenance, no mess and year-round style.
All you need to know is how to mount our living wall panels to your fence or wall and we've got a video below to show you. Alternatively, read on for full step-by-step instructions.
Shop our wonderland living wall as seen in the video below.
How to make an artificial living wall
What you'll need:
Staple gun, drill or cable ties
A tape measure
An extra pair of hands if available
Frame or trellis (optional)
Choosing your living wall mat
With so many to choose from it can be a little daunting to pick out the right mat for you.
There are our basic boxwood, cedar and buxus mats which are generally used for building faux hedging, smaller 50cm mats like our fern living wall and then there are larger 100cm mats like our forest foliage living wall and galaxy living wall. We also have a selection of flame-resistant living wall mats for commercial spaces.
If you want something to fulfil your dream of an elegant English garden, try our traditional ivy foliage mat or if you'd rather something a little more modern, try our tropical living wall or woodland living wall.
To help you get an idea of how your living wall will look, have a browse of our garden inspiration or view our full range of faux living wall mats.
Ordering the right number of mats
There's nothing worse than being mid-way through making your living wall only to realise that you've run out of foliage!
To stop this from happening, we have an easy-to-use calculator on each product page for our wall mats. Just measure the area that you want to cover, pop your measurements into the calculator and it will tell you how many mats you need to order.
You can always cut your mats down to size with scissors if you need to.
Use a trellis or mount straight to your surface
Once we've delivered your living wall mats and you're ready to transform your space, you may want to consider mounting a wooden trellis to your wall or fence using fixings suited to your wall type.
This will make it much easier to fix your mats to your surface, especially if you want to use them either inside or on a brick or stone wall as you can then use staples or cable ties, rather than having to drill straight into your wall and potentially damaging it.
We would recommend using some preservative on your frame or trellis if you're using it outside.
Connect your mats together
If you look at the back of our living wall mats, you'll see small a/b connectors to clip your mats together which will create a seamless run of foliage.
It's easiest if you clip two or three mats together at a time and connect larger sections together once they're on your surface, as it will get a little tricky to lift and mount all of your mats at the same time.
Start adding your wall mats
When you're ready to make your living wall, you'll find it much easier if you have another person to hold your mats up while you fix them to your surface.
Option 1: staple gun
Our preferred and fastest way to mount living wall mats is by using a staple gun to attach them to your trellis or fence. Simply hold your mats against your surface, pull back the foliage and staple the plastic mesh to your fence or trellis. We would recommend using a few staples along each edge to hold your mat in place.
Option 2: cable ties
If you don't have a staple gun, you can use cable ties instead. Simply loop each cable tie through the grid on the back of your wall mat and through your trellis to hold your mats in place. Again, it's best to use a few cable ties along each edge.
Option 3: drill
The last option is to drill your mats directly to your surface. Similar to the staple gun, pull away the foliage and drill through the plastic grid into your surface to hold it in place, drilling a few screws along each edge until your mat is secure.
If you need you trim your mats down to size you can do so using a pair of scissors.
Fill in any gaps
When all your mats are attached to your surface, you can go back in with any offcuts and simply poke them through to fill in any empty gaps. Staple, cable tie or drill these in to keep them secure.
Fluff out the foliage
Finally, after all your hard work, fluff out the foliage with your hands, making sure that none of it is clumped together to give your living wall a fuller look.
Here's our most frequently asked questions...
Indoors, an artificial green wall can last for 10 years, or as long as you want them in place. If you’re using them outside, the sun, wind, rain and other weather will reduce their lifespan.
Most of our artificial living wall products will last for at least 3 years outside in the UK.
You don't have to join your mats together, but doing so will make sure that they're all lined up properly and help to prevent any gaps in your foliage.
Yes and no. Our mats come in two different sizes - 100cm and 50cm squares. If your two mats are of the same size then yes, you can clip them together but the 100cm and 50cm mats aren't compatible. The boxwood, buxus and cedar mats also cannot be joined to each other.
Adding a living wall indoors is a great way to bring the outdoors in and over the years we've seen it all from secret doors to botanical bedrooms and trendy biophilic office spaces. What's more, an indoor living wall will last longer than outdoors as it won't have to endure the elements.
Installing an indoor living wall works just the same as an outdoor one, just make sure to use fixings suitable for your wall type!
Green walls are a fab way to help minimise noise as the foliage will help to absorb sound and reduce the reverberation time, especially in rooms that have concrete or stone floors.