Interior garden design | Hanging and vertical gardens


Fedor Van der Valk, the string-gardens (

Interior garden design | Hanging and vertical gardens

It’s too early to say whether the renovated interest for the interior garden design we are witnessing these days is a passing fashion or is here to stay. Yet, it has been proved that vegetation and plants have a positive influence on the space where we live and work, on people’s moods, and interpersonal relationships.
Among the many different solutions to create gardens in domestic spaces, hanging gardens is one of the most interesting, also thanks to the experimental work of designers inspired by traditional Asian techniques; as in the case of the innovative string gardens created by Dutch designer Fedor Van der Valk. Inspired by the Japanese Kokedama technique, Van der Valk frees the plants from the pot, replacing it with a pressed soil ball covered with moss to create lightweight and visually striking compositions.


Fedor Van der Valk, string-gardens. (

A different approach, though equally powerful and elegant, is that of French designer and botanists Patrick Blanc, who pushes the concept of the vertical garden to the limit. (you can find a detailed article on Patrick Blanc here).

vertical home gardens Patrick Blank Quai Branly offices Paris

A vertical garden by Patrick Blanc installed at the Quay Branly Museum in Paris

To hang plants and/or arrange them vertically are effective solutions to fit vegetation into small home spaces and take up as little floor space as possible.
The success of the “plant colonization” approach of Blanc and Van der Valk persuaded a lot of designers and manufacturers to enter the interior garden market, leading to the plethora of plant containers and staking systems available today, from the cheapest flower pot supports to complex living wall systems and ingenious light fixtures combining lamps and vegetation into one object.
There are also sophisticated systems to reduce the amount of water consumed and facilitate plant care. Such systems include many hydroponics-based solutions for growing herbs, vegetables, and flowers without soil; plants are cultivated on an inert substrate composed of Perlite, sand, and gravel and fed with a mineral nutrient solution in water.

vertical home garden system by Verdeat Robert Paluch

The Verdeat L system. Modular automatic gardening system ( ) Designer: Robert Paluch. The Verdeat systems combine hydroponics with automatic irrigation and feeding for growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. By using the accompanying app, the modular gardens are maintenance-free for 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the crops.

home gardens suspended bridge by greenworks

suspended plant container babylone by greenworks

Manufactured by Sweden’s Greenworks (, Bridge is a pendant lamp that combines greenery and light into a single object; while Babylone is a transparent plexiglass pendant container for plants designed by Alexis Tricoire.

inexhibit vertical planter by Citysens

A vertical planter with automatic irrigation produced by Spanish company Citysens (

Vertical Garden shelving system by Joost Bakker for Schiavello 2

Joosr Bakker for Schiavello; Vertical Garden, a shelving system with containers for potted plants (

Danielle Trofe, Hydroponics Vertical Garden

Danielle Trofe, Vertical Hydroponics; vertical planters for urban dwellers incorporating a self-watering system (

Etcetera hanging flower pot system


above: Etcetera, hanging flower pot system; below: other products from

iPot Vertical home garden system

iPot product by italian Supercake S.r.l., is a modular system that can be used to create partition walls, vertical gardens, bookshelves, and display cabinets. (

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