If you’re looking for a unique way to add some greenery to your home, then vertical gardening is the perfect way to decorate. It may sound complicated, but it simply means instead of having your pots on the ground or in garden beds you train plants to grow up, either by hanging planters or containers secured to the walls.
Using these upright structures is a perfect solution for small spaces or a great way to draw attention to a certain part of the house or disguise an eyesore. They not only save space but can be appealing for disabled or elderly gardeners as they create easy access and care living walls of fresh greenery and texture. They soothe the soul and help filter out indoor air pollutants.
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With the right plants, vertical gardens can grow beautifully both indoors and outdoors. Here is a brief overview of the new trend and some ideas to get your vertical started. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try out your green thumb.
The Basics of Vertical Gardening
Starting can seem a little daunting but once things are up and running vertical gardens are one of the more flexible and forgiving systems. You want to begin by either picking the plants you want to use and tailor your structure to suit them. On the other hand, if you’re more focused on aesthetics the appeal does the opposite and start with the perfect structure.
In vertical gardening, you can approach the structure from a DIY standpoint or opt for a pre-built structure such as trellises, or hanging walls of greenery.
Bringing plants into and around the home provides extra food and housing to potential bugs and pests. Be sure to use organic pest control before they cause any damage to your plants or your home. ‘Growing up’ doesn’t mean you can cut corners. You will still want to provide high-quality soil and nutrition as well as closely monitoring sun exposure, as this can change depending on the location of your garden, especially indoors.
Picking the Right Plants
Although they may look fancy, vertical gardens don’t always require excess garden tools or specialty plants. Once you know what you want you can even buy plants online year round.
When choosing your plants, put a little thought into whether you want all sun or all shade plants. You want to do a bit of research so that plants get the right amount of sun/shade ratio. If they are in the same container as well, pair them together with ones with similar growth rates. In general, herbaceous varieties have a bit more flexibility and allow gravity and produce the desired trailing effect. In addition to succulents, you can try growing your own herbs and vegetables for harvesting.
Good trailing varieties include Philodendron, native perennial vines like Ivy and Clematis hybrids, or flowering annuals like the Black-Eyed Susan, Cardinal Climber, Moonflower, and Cypress. They are all light enough to climb nicely or drape with the help of gravity.
Prep and Care
If you’re using wooden pallets or panels, you should start your garden horizontally. This will allow the roots to establish and hold soil in place. With gravity acting to pull the water downward, vertical gardens will dry out slightly quicker than other potted plants. Using potting soil is especially helpful in retaining water and moisture, be careful about over-watering as many structures won’t have much drainage.
Even though vertical gardens might need to be watered a bit more frequently, you can count on them contributing to good air circulation and helping filter out indoor pollutants. As with any garden, there’s a fair chance some greens won’t make it, keep some extras so you can fill the slightly more obvious holes.
There are so many trendy vertical garden structures that look more intricate and impressive than they actually are. From novice to the pro planter, almost anyone can bring a vertical garden home and create something special.
For a dramatic effect, a full wall provides a beautifully textured tapestry in any living space. On a smaller scale, grow your own art in vintage picture frames, or stack/string together pots for plants to cascade down. For a more structured look, affix containers vertically on the walls. Even just a little greenery indoors can go a long way.
Hopefully, these tips will help you start your vertical gardening adventure and bring greenery-to your walls.