Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter Mounting Methods
HOW TO MOUNT FLORAFELT VERTICAL PLANTERS
Florafelt Planters are lightweight modular panels with felt pockets attached to a rigid plastic board.
They can be trimmed to any size using a box cutter on the back and titanium scissors to trim the felt. See Custom Sizing Guide
The panels come with hanging tabs so they can also be hung on hooks which works great for small installs in wet areas. See Hang On Hooks
Below are some suggested ways to permanently install Florafelt Planters with a neat framed edge or wood or metal. Metal edges can also double as drain trays for a minimalist finish that makes the plants float impossibly from a thin plane.
WHAT IS AN AIR GAP?
Typically is a good idea to provide an air gap to allow the wall to dry out in humid conditions. The designs below use wood supports to support the vertical garden system away from the wall 1-2 inches.
WOOD FRAMED VERTICAL GARDEN
Simple and economical this wood framed vertical garden creates a soft look with a wood edge.
Either Horizontal or vertical wood spacers are attached to the wall. Then the wood (or other materials) frame the edge.
For extra waterproofing, 2 layers of building paper are added, then Rubber pond liner is placed inside the frame, curled up around the edges, then trimmed.
The panels are then attached to the support frame with deck screws. A gutter at the base collects extra water which is either drained away or recirculated back into the system.
METAL FRAMED FLOATING VERTICAL GARDEN
This metal framed vertical garden insets the support structure making it appear to float.
Horizontal members are attached to the wall and will be even more secure if connected to it's structural studs.
A custom metal edging is then attached at the edges allowing 2 inches at the top and bottom sides only. This will allow easier access to the pockets at the top and let the bottom tray also collect runoff water. Be sure to use sealant at the bottom corners of the frame to prevent dripping and also make drainage connections at the bottom edge for drain away or recirculating water.
For extra waterproofing use 2 layers of building paper then add rubber pond liner that is taped at the edges.
Florafelt Pocket Planters are then attached to the horizontal member behind the wall using deck screws.
PLYWOOD BACKED METAL FRAMED VERTICAL GARDEN
For extra support or in places where fewer supporting members are desired a treated or marine plywood backed system makes for a more robust installation.
Support members can be run horizontally or vertically to support a plywood sheet away from the wall.
Similar to above, custom metal edges frame the wall. Corners are sealed, waterproofing is installed, then the planters are attached within.
This drawing shows how a minimalist edge that meets the decking can be used at the base.
CUSTOM METAL EDGE
A 'perfect fit' metal edge can be custom folded by a metal shop in your area. You can choose a material that best suits your design; Brushed Stainless Steel, Copper, Galvanized; Paint Grade Galvanized, for example.
Ask your metal shop to fold a C-Channel with dimensions: 4", 1-3/4", 1-3/4". The 1-3/4" size will fit perfectly over the edge of a panel to create a perfect finished edge. The longer 4" part will be attached to the support structure. Also you can have them add a drain tube for the bottom channel to magically take water away. Be sure the drain tube is large enough to handle the flow from the irrigation system and big enough to not get clogged. 3/4" works for most situations.