Can Outdoor Living Walls Survive in Colder Climates?

We receive many questions about whether living green walls have the ability to withstand, survive and look fresh during extreme climates. The answer is yes!

We realized this was missing in the market; other living wall providers were unable to install outdoor walls because plants would freeze without proper insulation. Sagegreenlife living walls can survive and even thrive in northern climates that experience cold winter weather. We set out to create living walls capable of withstanding any exterior climate. We have expert horticulturists and engineers who take into consideration the climate to determine the type of plants and how the design will be implemented. 


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We looked at every aspect of the vertical garden system from irrigation methods and different growth media to the individual plants and how they respond to various elements within the overall system. Sagegreenlife living walls are uniquely designed to endure challenging exterior environments, including heat, cold, wind and snow. Our patented Biotile™ system is unique in its ability to insulate dormant plants in the winter maintaining life-protecting moisture for the longevity of plants.

Each Biotile™ is made of recyclable Rockwool, a layered basalt rock fiber with an inert material that will not decay over time. Rockwool’s density insulates plant roots, providing extra protection through the winter months. This allows outdoor plants to survive, even in colder weather. Rockwool is also antimicrobial so no mold or bacteria will grow within it and offers up to 95 percent plant survival rates, giving our living walls a strong advantage over the maintenance requirements of soil-based systems. This combined with our highly efficient irrigation system, which uses 75 percent less water than any other living wall system available, gives Sagegreenlife living walls flexibility above and beyond any other green wall system.

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In addition the advanced Biotile™ technology, our horticulturists select plants that have the ability to grow and thrive in colder conditions. Choosing the right plants is critical to creating a healthy and robust living wall, which is why our plant designers take the time to learn and experiment with different vegetation and climate types to make sure a living wall survives in exterior environments.

We place a priority on selecting plants conducive to the environment in which they are accustomed, which ensures growth and long-term survival. Depending on the hardiness, some plants have the ability to withstand cold temperatures, strong winds and snow. And while plants naturally go dormant in winter, Sagegreenlife provides plants that will look beautiful year round, such as evergreen plants. As their name implies, they stay green all year keeping the living wall looking fresh and just as beautiful as the day that it was installed.  

At Sagegreenlife, we understand that preserving the vibrancy and long life of an outdoor living wall requires ongoing care and attention. After each wall is installed, our field operation teams routinely checks and monitors the entire system to ensure the plants are thriving and the technology is working properly. Our patent technology and experienced team provide customers with living walls for better living in any season.