Partial Greening - Partial House Greening

When plants are connected to a facade, it usually involves 'partial greening'. Such partial house greening means that only certain parts of the wall become green. The interaction between what is greened and not greened can be quite interesting. Plants which grow on growing supports are used primarily. In some exceptions self-climbing plants with the right care and regular trims are also a real possibility. You can find suggestions and examples on this page.

Street witn greened wall in Naumburg / Sachsen-Anhalt

Vertical and horizontal fields

If you want to emphasize the breadth or height of a building, support systems can be arranged into arbitrary vertical or horizontal fields. vertically orientated climbing plants are for example annuals, and twiners. For horizontal greening grapevine and any plant that lets itself be formed is suitable.

Square fields

Our wire rope systems give a good variety of options for larger spaces on walls that want to be greened. These systems usually have four or more wires or laths and, depending on the plant, different mesh sizes.

Single green strand

For façades that have many windows or other openings a solution can be to use linear strands between the openings. So a combination of horizontal and vertical strand of green. Usually there is only one or two wire ropes. The dimensions of the plant may need to be kept in check by pruning.

To the height of greening

Façade greening - especially in private areas - shouldn't be higher than than 5 m. That is about as high as a ladder will get you to care and prune climbing plants. High greening warrants risks. If the entire greening is meant to reach 5 m then the support system needs to be appropriately lower than 5 m (depending on the climbing plant).

Support systems: Planning narrow

Surfaces that are to be greened are considered gross fields. They should have about 25-40 cm space to house corners, windows, doors and so on. The climbing plant support system is within the green area and is considered a net-field. So smaller and narrower than the intentional greening itself. The wire rope strands of support systems that have more than one parallel wire rope are often set closer together so with less space between each other. That way the system itself seems more appealing or more attractive.

But just how big should the difference be between gross and net field? Some plants can conceal and overgrow any support system in summer. Others simply follow along the wire rope strands an produce a graceful pattern together with the system. Such are Clematis hybrids, annuals, and some weaker rose types. Here the difference between gross and net field is not very large. In comparison, some rather vigorous plants may even need 2 m space between support system and drainpipe or gutter pipe. Usually the ideal dimensions of the green area are kept by pruning and cutting in summer and if necessary redone as often as needed.

Choice of plants

If you click on the individual climbing plants on our website you will find a recommendation at the end of each page showing you which systems are suited and which are not. Grape vines for example can be trained to fit almost any form your support system provides. However, ivy and wild vines aren't suited for partial greening and often have to be removed again. Check the page "Damage" for tips.

House greening - Ideas!
Different possibilities, partial House Green
Established greening concept with fruitless grape vine
Established greening concept leading lines of fruitless grape vine
House greening with grape vine
Grape vine about 3.5 m high. A tip for designing: A wall provides more contrast when the greened elements are offset to the architectural relevant lines. In this case the lintel of the garage doors.
Climbing plant support
For architectural reasons FassadenGrün recommends keeping climbing fields / growth fields narrow. Almost every climbing plant (here Clematis montana) enlarges the respective support field by simply outgrowing it or in other words growing beyond the systems boundaries.
House greening with Clematis
Small house greening with Clematis

Picture Gallery

Here you can see further examples of partial house greening with climbing plants.

Small Espalier with grape vine
Mandevilla-Pyramid at a mall
Morning Glories on wire rope
Vertical greening of house with Vines
T-formed greening on houses is possible with climbing plants. Here grape vines with annual Morning Glories.
Wisteria on cable strands
Grapes as a narrow, horizontal house greening
Horizontal greening, grape vine
Roses are well suited for entry ways or for flanking doors. They are often set on systems 4050, 4060 or 4010.
Square greening field. Grape vine on wire rope system 5040.
Three lobbed Boston Ivy (self-clinging plant)
Extensive house greening with Wisteria. Almost a full greening.