Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter Mounting Methods

Here are 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.

Custom Sizing

Florafelt Planters are lightweight modular panels with felt pockets attached to a rigid plastic board. They can be trimmed using a box cutter on the back and titanium scissors to trim the felt.

Florafelt Pocket Panels can be trimmed using a box cutter on the back and titanium scissors to trim the felt.

See Custom Sizing Guide.

 

Waterproof to Protect Walls

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.

 

Hanging Tabs

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

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.

 

Melt Holes

Florafelt fibers are extremely tough so you’ll find it’s nearly impossible to drive a deck screw into the felted panel without it binding.

The solution is to use a soldering iron to melt holes into the felt. Use of a 3/8 inch soldering iron will quickly make nice neat holes in the Florafelt material. This will allow you to then drill into concrete and use screw attachments.

Another effective method of attachment is to use smooth coated deck screws which do not bind in the felt.

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.
  • Plywood sheeting provides support over the entire backside. If the structure is inset an inch on each side it will appear to float on the wall.
  • 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.
  • Lightly attach rubber pond liner with staples to the plywood support surface and tuck it into the metal frame so it’s flush with the sides. Then use a heavy duty tape such as Gorilla Tape to secure and seal the edges inside the metal frame.
  • Florafelt Pocket Planters are then fit into the edge frames and attached to the plywood backing using coated deck screws. The rubber pond liner will make a seal where the screws penetrate. You can use fender washers but not required and hardware can be pre-painted black to make them disappear. Use 6 screws per panel, 3 per side on the surface of the panel near the top of the pockets.
  • Florafelt Pocket Planters are then attached to the horizontal member behind the wall using deck screws.
  • If the screws bind up in the felt use a soldering iron with a small tip to create melted holes but if you use smooth coated deck screws they will easily slip through the Florafelt material.

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.

The Perfect Edge Detail

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.

Contact a Local Metal Shop

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.

Solutions for Existing Structures

Drywall

  • Air gap is required
  • Check with local building codes for required minimums
  • 1-1/2 inches is typically adequate
  • Use horizontal sleepers
  • Make physical attachment to studs within wall

Wood

  • Air gap is required
  • Use horizontal supports 12 inches on center vertically
  • Add a self-sealing waterproof barrier (rubber pond liner)
  • Attach panels to horizontal supports

Concrete and Stucco

  • Air gap required if interior area to remain dry
  • Stucco is typically on a wood structure and will need to remain dry
  • Use horizontal supports 12 inches on center vertically
  • Attach support structure with concrete screws
  • Add a self-sealing waterproof barrier (rubber pond liner)
  • Attach panels to horizontal supports

Retaining Walls

  • Walls that do not require drying out
  • No air gap is required
  • Attach directly to the concrete or masonry
  • Use Tapcon type fasteners or similar

Self-Supporting

  • Use wood or metal frame
  • Panels can be attached directly to the structure
  • Use waterproofing for interior locations

We Can Help

If you need help with your installation give us a call at 770-406-6330 or email at info@plantsonwalls.com