Vertical Gardening & ‘Living Walls’

This new and trendy way of gardening is becoming more popular by the day. It’s a convenient and practical way to garden for those that don’t have the horizontal space that traditional gardening requires or even any kind of outdoor plot like those living in high rise apartments, condominiums etc. It’s also a great way to add individuality to a plain and boring wall in your home. This one-of-a-kind garden can be an enticing next step for those with limited space options or looking for a conversation piece. Vertical gardening is a new trend that’s been talked a lot about in magazines, gardening blogs, books and more. Instead of keeping gardening on a strictly horizontal plane, vertical gardening involves growing plants up in various ways. Not only is it appealing to the eye and extremely fascinating, but it also has a practical application for those needing a way to be able to garden in the limited space they have. There are a number of different types of vertical gardening. Traditional vertical gardening is recognized by climbing vines growing on structures like walls or trellises. Tiered gardening is a different practice that’s used to grow plants effectively on hills to prevent erosion. The newest addition to the vertical gardening world most talked about lately involves planting all the way up or using a portion of vertical space called “green or living walls”. These types of walls seem to defy gravity and are similar to green roofs except the plants are grown on wall-type structures. Any number of plants can work for vertical gardening. We find this extremely fascinating, so let’s talk about building a ‘living wall’ or ‘vertical garden’.

What kind of Plants Can I Choose:

There are many varieties to choose from but here are a few suggestions;

Hydrangeas, Daisies, Dianthus, Thyme, Lilies, Begonias, Clematis, Grasses, Hostas, Vinca, Spiderwort, Lily of the Valley, Helleborus, Ferns, Lavender, Sedum, Violets, Coneflower, Valerian, Bee Balm, Hibiscus, Crimson Clover, Iris, Daylilies, Nasturtium, Sempervivium, Yarrow and so much more.

How Do I Do It?

-Choose a “theme” for the wall, either a particular site condition (full sun, full shade, windy, sea exposure…) or an idea (edible, herbs, springtime, fall color, etc.).
Define the colors, starting with a dominant color or two and then some secondary colors to complement or contrast.  Pick one or two colors to avoid.
Select at least two varieties from the following catagories: Draping, Eye-Catching and Fillers
- Use the “Draping” plants, which should drape down to cover the edges of the Pockets, as a “frame” along the side edges, and mixed into the bottom edge
Next add the “Eye-Catching” plants as focal points and to create dynamic visuals
- Finally, use the “Fillers” to fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants. Use big, full plants!  The wall should look as full and lush as possible immediately upon planting, with as little Pocket showing as possible.

What Are the Benefits:

  • Substantially improves indoor air quality naturally
  • Increases indoor oxygen levels
  • Reduces energy consumption
  • Significant cost savings
  • Unique and beautiful addition to décor
  • The look and feel of a green, lush garden in a vertical space

Where do I get the Materials such as pockets, watering supplies and more to build my wall? For Supplies Contact Us for More Information 855.846.9453 – We will have all sorts of supplies Available to Order Online in April 2012!!

For Plants or Seeds (if you wish to start the seeds and move them into your wall) – Visit Our Perennial Plants or Seed Sections on our Website!

 

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