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Garage Greening

Garages and prefab garages can, like house walls, be greened partially or fully. Prefab structures made of concrete panels are quite common and rather unattractive... what to do? Greening to the rescue! Due to the low wall heights and often very thin walls made of the pre-fab concrete panels or sheet metal, a few things should be taken into account, which we'll address below. All of the following also applies to double garages, larger garage facilities, public toilet houses (WC buildings), transformer stations, and bus stops (shelters). You can find similar examples also in our sections on graffiti, arbours/gazebos, and free-standing walls.

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

Climbing Plants

For garage greening, we highly recommend support for your climbing plants. Cable trellis systems are preferable to greening with self-climbing plants because the walls are often too small for climbing plants with adherent organs, which quickly cover huge areas and risk swallowing up a small garage. Vigorous twining plants which want to climb high and have voluble stems, such as wisteria, are also only suitable *if* you take exceptional care and cut them regularly and train them properly (e.g. on an angled rope system). In any case, plants should be kept away from the roof area or metal sheeting; otherwise, you can expect structural damage on your little garage.

Climbing Plant Support Systems

Horizontal cable arrangements are best suited for garages. But both vertical and combination (horizontal and vertical) systems work as well. Their height must be limited so that the plants don't grow on or into the roof. Systems 5040 and 8030 are good for the long side surfaces, but should then be mounted as a rectangular rather than a square form. Systems 5030, 8010, and 4040 are also fitting ~ as they are or as inspirations 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. The medium, easy or light kits are often sufficient for a project of this scale. Heavy or massive styles are really only necessary if a greater wall distance is required, for example with fragile plants that benefit from more space ~ particularly sensitive roses or grapevine varieties (risk of mildew).

Technical Details

Prefab garages are often made of thin concrete wall panels, for which our medium classic construction style is used, but modified with the cross mount WM 10081 (developed for just this purpose). It is then sufficient to drill only about 4 cm deep. When ordering, simply let us know in the comments section at checkout that you want this modification, and we will send you WM 10081 instead of the standard WH 10151 anchor (price remains the same).


Sometimes garages are made with brick / exposed masonry, in which case you'll need to take into account the special features for this type of wall. If your garage is made of sheet metal, push-through installation according to Variant 04 is recommended (you can drill through the sheet; 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). To avoid cracks in the upper wall and corner areas, and especially if the garage roof is rather light (made of sheet metal or wood instead of concrete), expansion/pressure-free installation is required. More on this topic under free-standing 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

Enter this gallery to view greened garage doors...

Grapevines trained as horizontal cordons above a garage door
Wall greening over an old garage with wild vines (thicket creeper - without adhesive 'feet')
Rose trellis partially framing a garage
Wall greenery above a garage door with three-lobed wild vine (Boston Ivy)
These climbing plants (grapevines) are attached to a horizontal cable system similar to our 1060.
Winter photo: grapevine above a garage door, tensioned cable similar to system 1060, easy construction style
Garage greening: two clematis, cable arrangement analogous to our system 1020
Climbing hydrangea on a small wooden lattice attached to a double garage
Garage greening with climbing roses on wire rope system 3040, our medium style 'classic'
Rose trellis in late autumn over a double garage
Greenery between two garage doors - kiwi
Grapevines greening a garage
Rose and clematis on a cable system 7040; a heavy kit was used to give greater wall distance (to prevent mildew).
A modified system 3060 in our easy style 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 non load-bearing walls and graffiti.

Evergreen planting with ivy (Hedera colchicum); care should be taken that it does not grow under the sheet metal!
Garage greening with wild grapes and vines (Virginia creeper); horizontal steel cables in medium construction style "classic"
These grapevines are climbing two wires spanned on a garage.
Garage greened with grapevines on a wire rope arrangement
Climbing-plant support grid made of historic wall hooks, newly tensioned wire ropes and clamp rings; analogous to our 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 our 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 on a garage
Three cable systems 4020, medium style "classic" with cross mounts for concrete garages WM 10081 -- evergreen honeysuckle
2x cable 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 -- bolt anchor AS 10100
Wooden espalier with blackberries
Garages planted with low-maintenance evergreen cotoneaster
Transformer station with evergreen honeysuckle on a metal lattice

Garage walls with windows or doors, smaller surfaces

This gallery features garages with narrower green wall sections ~ mostly with doors, windows, and other openings. Greened street furniture is also included.

Two small climbing support systems with evergreen honeysuckle
Greenery on the back side of a sheet-metal garage; grapevines on a steel wire rope (heavy kit with WM 12XX2 cross mounts)
Garage with greening cables (medium construction style), grapevines
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 trellis net, 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 plug (dowel)
Prefab garage greened with winter jasmine, clematis, and others; wire rope system 5010- easy style, with eyelet screws WH 06061
Outbuilding (toilet house) greened with Dutchman's Pipe
WC facility greened with clematis on system 7030- heavy style with WM 12XX8 on insulation
Self-climbing ivy greens this building; regular trimming and maintenance are needed in this case; market place in Holstein, Neustadt / Schleswig-Holstein
Urban furnishings on 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"