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Garage Greening

Like house walls, garages and prefab garages can be greened partially or fully. Due to the low wall heights and the often very thin walls made of pre-fab concrete panels or sheet metal, a few things should be taken into account when greening these constructions. We address these below. All of the following also applies to double garages, larger garage facilities, public toilet houses (WC buildings), and bus stops. Similar examples can also be found in the sections: Graffiti Arbours/Gazebos, and Walls.

Greened garage with grapevines and other plants in pots
Greened garage with grapevines and other plants in pots

Climbing Plants

When greening garages, climbing plants on support systems (cable trellis systems) are at an advantage compared with self-climbing plants, because the walls are often too small for self-climbers without a climbing aid. Vigorous twining plants which want to climb high, such as wisteria, are also not suitable-- unless you take exceptional care and cut them regularly (and use an angled rope system). In any case, plants should be kept away from the roof area or metal sheeting; otherwise, building damage can result.

Climbing Plant Support Systems

Horizontal arrays are best suited for garages. However, vertical and angled systems work as well. The vertically oriented arrangements have to be kept shorter, so that the plants don't grow onto or into the roof. Systems 5040 and 8030 are suitable for the long side surfaces, but are then set as a rectangle-form rather than a square. Systems 5030, 8010 and 4040 can also be used or used as models for your own designs. For longer parts of the garage or the back, you can arrange multiple systems from the 6000 category next to one another. Most often, Medium, Easy and Light Kits suffice, but Heavy and Massive styles may be necessary if a greater wall distance is required, e.g. for particularly sensitive roses and grapevine varieties (risk of mildew).

Technical Details

Prefab garages often have thin concrete walls, for which the medium construction style "classic" is used, but modified with the cross mount WM 10081 (developed for just this purpose). It is then sufficient to drill in only about 4 cm deep. When ordering, simply state that you want this modification, and we will send you WM 10081 instead of the standard WH 10151 (without price increase). Sometimes "exposed masonry" is used for garages. Please note the indications for the specific situation. If the garages are made of sheet metal, you can drill through the sheet, and if it is sturdy enough, thread a bolt or mount with metric thread through the hole and lock it with a nut from the inside (through-hole mounting). To avoid cracks in the upper wall and corner areas, we suggest expansion-free installation there. More on this topic under "Walls."

Public WC facility greened with clematis hybrids on the system 7030, heavy style, with WM 12XX8 on insulation
Public WC facility with clematis hybrids
Clematis on a garage
Clematis on a garage

Garage Doors

Open this gallery to see greened garage doors...

Vine growing over a garage door; grapevines trained as horizontal cordons.
Wall greening over a historical garage with wild vines (thicket creeper - without adhesive 'feet')
Rose trellis over garage
Wall greenery over a garage door with three-lobed wild vine (Boston Ivy)
These climbing plants (grapevines) attached to a horizontal cable similar to system 1060
Winter photo: grapevines in development above a garage door, on a cable strand similar to system 1060, our easy construction style
Greenery on a garage with two clematis, system similar to cable system 1020
Climbing hydrangea on a small wooden lattice attached to a double garage
Garage-greening with climbing roses on wire rope system 3040, medium construction style "Classic"
Rose trellis in late autumn over a double garage
Greenery between two garage doors - kiwi
Greening a garage with grapevines on wire rope
Rose and clematis; cable system 7040, heavy kit because of the greater wall distance (to prevent mildew)
Modified easy construction, system 3060 with clematis montana
Overhanging greenery - winter jasmine
Overhanging greenery in winter - winter jasmine

Long wall fronts on garages

Here you will see how long wall fronts are greened. Similar examples can be found under Walls and Graffiti.

Evergreen greening with ivy (Hedera Colchicum); it cannot be allowed to grow underneath the metal sheeting!
Wall greening with wild grapes and vines; horizontal steel cables in medium construction style "classic"
These plants (grapevines) are climbing on to diagonal wires on the garage
Greening up a garage with grapevines on grid-formed wire ropes
Climbing support structure made of historic wall hooks newly tensioned with wire ropes and clamp rings, similar to system 5030, roses
Grapevines (winter photo) on a climbing support made of wire rope -- heavy style, system similar to 5030.
Garage greening with roses and a modified wire rope system 5030, medium construction style "classic"
Trellis fruit (pear and apricot) on a modified support system 5040 in heavy style
Garage greening with espalier cherries; system 8030, modified- medium construction style "classic" with cross mounts for concrete garages WM 10081
Wall greenery on a garage- evergreen honeysuckle on a system similar to 5050, heavy construction style
Support system similar to 4040, medium style "classic" for grapevines
Trellis system 3050 modified, medium construction style "classic" for two grapevines
Wisteria on a prefab garage in autumn; system 2020 (modified), medium style "classic" but with shorter cross mount WM 10081
Several evergreen honeysuckles on a wire rope system 1020 attached to a garage
Three cable systems 4020, medium style "classic" with cross mounts for concrete garages WM 10081 -- evergreen honeysuckle
Two wall systems 6040 in heavy construction style for wild vines
Many wire rope systems 6020 in heavy style for twiners, on the back of a garage facility
Garage with a wooden trellis -- Hanger bolt AS 10100
Wooden espalier with blackberries
Relatively care-free evergreen cotoneaster greening up a garage facility
Subtation with evergreen honeysuckle on a metal lattice

Garage walls with windows or doors, smaller (shorter) surfaces

Enter this gallery to see narrow areas on garages that have been greened-- mostly doors, windows, and other openings, and also some 'street furniture.'

Two small climbing support systems with evergreen honeysuckle
Greenery on the back side of a sheet metal garage. In this case: grapevines on a steel wire rope (heavy kit with WM 12XX2 cross mounts)
Garage with greening cables (medium construction style), grapevines in the developing stage
Vegetation on a prefab garage; grapevines in a pot on a modified medium style "classic" system; cross mount with a short shaft WM 10081
Brown-eyed Susan on a prefab garage with cable lattice system 5040 in light construction style.
Prefab garage with growth support mesh, system 5040 medium style "classic;" wall mounts WM 10081 for climbing roses
Garage greened with clematis; wire rope system 5030- medium construction style
Cable system 5030 for clematis, easy kit "basic"
Two wire rope systems 4040 in light style for grapevines
Support system 7050, medium kit for roses
A modified medium kit, system 8010 / 8040 on a garage with grapevines
Cable strands for grapevines: system 1060 x3, heavy construction style, with cross mount WM 12227 and brass dowel
Prefab garage greened with winter jasmine, clematis and others; wire rope system 5010- easy style, with eyelet screws WH 06061
Side building (toilet house) greened with Dutchman's Pipe
WC facility greened with clematis on the system 7030- heavy style with WM 12XX8 on insulation
Self climbing plant (ivy) greens this building; regular trimming and maintenance are needed in this case; market place in Holstein, Neustadt / Schleswig-Holstein
Urban furniture for a tram terminal
Cable strands for grapevines according to system 9040, medium construction style "classic"
Wire rope system similar to 8040 / 9040, medium construction style "classic"