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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.