Animal Welfare

Green facades provide a biotope and shelter for small animals, promoting ecological diversity; they attract insects, butterflies, birds, etc.. If you are not keen on spiders, mice (yes, they too...) and chirping sparrows coming too close to the windows, you can limit the greenery with suitably arranged trellises.

Haus komplett mit Efeu bewachsen
A house completely covered in ivy

Temporary Residence and Habitat

A facade greening can serve birds and insects temporarily, or even provide a permanent habitat. These small biotopes are extremely important for many species, especially in heavily developed urban areas / concrete jungles, providing them much-needed refuges. Some bird species (blackbirds for example), beetles, and other little critters like to nest in a wall garden. Spiders do not like to leave the greenery at all and enjoy eating other insect there: if the trellises and climbing plants are at a good distance from the windows, there is no reason for them to reach our homes. The correct placement of trellis systems will keep creatures from the windows.


Wall Gardens as a Food Source

The wall garden serves as a direct food source for birds, what with all those insects and all. You'll find birds flitting there looking for a snack, and you may even find that they've a nest there amidst the trellis. Many climbing plants themselves provide the basis of some creatures' diet: ivy berries are popular with birds, while those of firethorn serve as their winter food. Virginia creeper and ivy feed bees and other foragers, and blooming honeysuckle attracts night lovers (nocturnal insects, etc..) with its enchanting scent.

Unwelcome Guests

Be aware: some mice, small rodents, and even raccoons can climb greened walls! If the trellis plant bears fruit, wasps can be a nuisance. Even chirping sparrows in the ivy has been known to disturb the peace. Ahhhh, nature...

Bird's nest in a 1000 year old rose bush, Hildesheim cathedral / Saxony
Bird's nest in a 1000 yr. old rose bush, cathedral in Hildesheim / Saxony