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Create your own piece of plant heaven, with this step-by-step guide to creating a living plant wall
Living plant walls are set to be one of the hottest new gardening trends of 2018! This new trend can be brought to life in our own homes with a helping hand from Dobbies and its brand new Living Wall Planters – set to have walls looking blooming lovely this spring.
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‘We are delighted to have made this trend easily accessible in any home, inside or out,’ says Marcus Eyles, Head of Horticulture at Dobbies, ‘A Living Wall is a great way to introduce greenery into your home and refresh a space, creating a modern and sophisticated look that will add interest and colour.’
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‘The Living Wall Planters can be easily fitted onto any solid area.’ explains Marcus, ‘The walls can be built indoors or out, can be as large or small as you like, meaning it can be tailored to suit the size of your space.’
- How to make a living plant wall, step by step
- Top tips for living plant walls
- DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial
- Wansbeck Garden Centre & Cafe – Shades of Green Coffee Shop
- Shades of Green Pools
- Vertical gardens: The good, the bad, the ugly
- Living tapestries
- Maintenance requirements not met
- A shining example
- Herb Walls: A Fresh Take on the Living Wall
- Different Kinds of Living Walls
- Two Important Factors
- Interested Clients
- Be an Innovator
- How to create your own living wall
- How to create a living wall step-by-step video
- You will need
- Here’s how to create a living wall
- Step-by-step images
- What is a living wall?
- The benefits of a living wall
- Create a Tropical bathroom
- More bathroom plant ideas
How to make a living plant wall, step by step
1. Choose your space
You can build a living plant wall on any solid wall or fence – build straight on to the side of your house, a garden fence or even a sturdy shed. For indoors a custom made wooden wall allows you the freedom to move it from room to room.
Once you’ve chosen a structurally sound wall or fence, simply screw in rows of 2in x 1in treated battens 38cm apart to fill the space, checking with a spirit level as you go to make sure they’re straight.
2. Screw in the planters
Using an electric screwdriver and working from the bottom up, attach the plastic planters to the battens. You can then click and lock the planters into each other and build up your wall in staggered rows.
3. Get watering
Starting at the top, water your wall with a hose or watering can. The reservoir system is designed to keep plants watered for up to two weeks.
4. Green up your wall
Fill the planters with your chosen plants using 12-13cm pots. Either remove the plants from their pots and plant them straight into the planters, or to make changing the scheme really easy, place the pot directly into each planter, making sure the pot touches the reservoir base.
The planters will be available from £9.99, at Dobbies Garden Centres from early March.
Image credit: Dobbies
Top tips for living plant walls
• If you’re attaching your green wall to the side of a house, Dobbies recommend attaching a waterproof membrane to the wall before you begin, to prevent damp issues.
• The living plant wall needs watering around every two- three days depending on climate (unless you’ve chosen to add an automatic irrigation system), more in summer – check by sticking a finger into the soil to see if the compost is dry.
• As for as plant care, if you’ve chosen flowering plants, as always, you’ll need to deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms later in the season. Foliage plants such as heucheras and ferns should be tidied up by snipping off tatty leaves, as needed. Annuals, in particular, benefit from a liquid feed every couple of weeks in summer, although any display that’s in place for any length of time will need feeding to keep it looking its best.
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Image credit: Dobbies
Choosing the right plants
A range of herbaceous perennials, grasses, small shrubs, herbs and even fruit and vegetables can be used. Try including scented plants, seasonal flowers and bulbs, but talk to your local garden nursery about plants that will suit the aspect and microclimate of the wall on which they will be grown.
Plants to try:
• Adiantum (maidenhair fern)
• Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ (sedge)
• Fragaria ‘Mara des Bois’ (strawberry)
• Galanthus (snowdrop)
• Heuchera ‘Purple Petticoats’
• Liriope muscari (lilyturf)
• Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge)
• Pelargonium peltatum (ivy-leaved geranium)
• Saxifraga x urbium (London pride)
• Tiarella cordifolia (foam flower)
• Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle)
There’s no saying you have to fill an entire wall, you could just create a plant oasis at eye level along a fence or if indoors you could create a small-scale herb garden for your wall.
DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial
For anyone who lives in a “not so sunny” place (and needs a quick pick me up from the dull grey skies), you’ll find this easy DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial just what you’ve been craving. Even if you live in the sunshine state, bringing the outdoors inside may have a lot of benefits for your health. According to the NASA clean air study (which was led by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America), certain indoor plants naturally remove toxins from your indoor air.
This project was inspired by our outdoor green wall. We thought it would be fun to create a wall planter for indoor use. Similar to an outdoor living wall, an indoor one gives a natural feel to any empty space in your home.
Do you have a blank wall that needs some decor? Why not dress up this space with a mini living wall? This project is easy enough for the beginner do it yourself-er, so let’s get started.
DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial Materials:
- Wall Grid Plant Hanger (look for them in organization aisle at Lowe’s)
- Plastic Planters (Can be purchased at IKEA for .79 cents each)
- 3 small Ivy Plants ($3.99 per plant)
- 2 IKEA Blecka hangers (sold in a pack of 4 for $3.99)
- 2 – 1 inch Drywall Anchors
- Drill (if you use drywall anchors)
- Spray paint of your choice
DIY Living Wall Planter Tutorial Instructions:
The wall grid we found in the organization aisle at Lowe’s Home Improvement store was under $6.00. It measures 22 inches by 24 inches. The size was prefect, but I wasn’t crazy about the color.
Spray paint the wall plant holder if you wish. You can use spray paint you have on hand or purchase the color of your choice. (I almost chose a rustic bronze to match the bronze iron farmhouse bed but decided to paint it white.) The great news is that you can always paint over it if you tire of the original paint or decide to move it to another room. Obviously, you want to spray paint in a well ventilated area. Let the grid dry. (It should dry within 30 minutes or so.)
Step 1: Eyeball or measure a spot on the wall to hang your living wall.
Hold the wall plant holder up on the wall. Use a level to make sure your holder is level.
Hold up the Blecka hooks and mark the holes with a pencil. Drill the drywall anchor into the wall at these marks. (Alternatively, you can attach the hooks to wall studs.) This wall grid is not extremely heavy, so securing the hooks to studs is optional.)
Step 2: Hang the wall plant holder onto the Blecka hooks (make sure it is completely dry before hanging.)
Step 3: Place your plants into the planters. You can leave them in the original plastic pots they came in and simply place them into the holder. (When you water the plants the water can actually drain down to the plastic holder. Periodically pour out any water that accumulates.)
Step 4: Now, for the fun part! To finish off your living wall planter, slide the plastic containers onto the wall grid. Play around with the placement of the plants until it appeals to your eye.
(Note: the plastic bins from IKEA with the wide hook on the back are perfect for this project. If you purchase different bins, you might need to add your own hooks.)
Feel free to use your imagination with this project. Use succulents, different color plants, flowers, or something totally different like office utensils if hanging in a home office.
My white living wall hanger is hung on a wall painted with Magnolia Homes Brand “Shiplap” paint. The greenery stand out on the light colored walls. Imagine what you can do with copper sprayed grid on dark or light colored walls! You can also spray paint the Blecka hooks to blend into the wall. Go ahead and get spray paint happy with the white plastic plant holders. Bright colors could really bring this project to life!
We thought a little greenery in our newly remodeled farmhouse guest bedroom would add the perfect natural element. Have fun with this quick and easy mini living wall project that brings natural elements indoors.
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The iconic Mill Pond Pool bears a striking resemblance to a certain character we all know and love. The Mill Pond Pool includes an extra-kid-friendly splash park and large, three-level playscape with a waterslide. You must be at least 47 inches tall to ride it, and everybody 47 inches to 60 inches tall needs to check in with the lifeguard for a wristband to access the Mill Pond Pool waterslide.
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Vertical gardens: The good, the bad, the ugly
The gardening trend that is currently sweeping the country – nay, let’s say sweeping a good portion of the gardening world, a trend that has many of us totally mesmerized — is vertical gardening .
At first glance, I was enchanted, intrigued, and fascinated by it. Now, after viewing many more vertical “garden” walls, the best I can admit to …I embrace the concept, but am only half-heartedly drawn to their implementation with open arms as I once was.
Because many people with a blank back fence or wall are jumping on the bandwagon without understanding the system or the long-term significance of the project.
You may be familiar with Patrick Blanc’s amazing vertical garden system known as Le Mur Vegetal, which allows both plants and architecture to live in harmony with each other.
For those who aren’t, Blanc is the French botanist who, for the past decade or so, has been transforming vertical urban outside walls, mostly in Europe and Australia, into intricate living tapestries that include hundreds of species of plants of a complexity and scale never before realized.
Probably best known for his dramatic, yet gorgeous, living wall on the Musee du Quai Branly in France, Blanc devised an ingenious three-part system, consisting of a PVC layer, felt, and metal frame, which replicates the habitat of plant communities that thrive on wet vertical rock surfaces in nature the world over.
But the underlying secret to Blanc’s system is well-thought-out hydroponics.
As fascinating as his technology is, it’s the visual aesthetics that capture and captivate the imagination. At the very least, Blanc has redefined the meaning of “garden wall.”
While his system is “soilless” and financially out of reach of most of us, many of the other green-wall systems available to gardeners and landscapers today involve some soil, be it suspended in bags or held in bracketed cubbyholes of some sort.
Maintenance requirements not met
Take a garden I saw this summer. Well-planned and beautiful, it was a kaleidoscope of healthy colorful plants that lifted your spirits as soon as you saw it. Well, at least until you reached the back fence!
That’s where the impact of the garden deteriorated. There, three tiers of a black felt-based vertical gardening system were hung horizontally across the fence. Filled to the brim in bulging pockets of soil (and black felt exposed all around them), were numerous different succulents, painfully struggling for survival.
These plants, which are hardy here and typically thrive in the ground even with benign neglect, were, when suspended in felt against the south-facing wall, in need of constant watering in order to cope with the heat and wind of a Midwest summer. Unfortunately, their needs weren’t met – and the whole effect was awful.
Google “vertical gardens” and you will come up with tons of DIY ideas and pictures of beautiful living wall, vertical gardens. But as to information on irrigation, plant choices, weather, and site considerations and the cultural requirements of plants? Not so much!
And therein lies the problem. Done correctly by knowledgeable landscapers or gardeners, the effect is awesome. Conceived by people who don’t understand the systems, plant species choices, or proper cultural requirements, the end result is appalling, to say the least.
And it’s not always the fault of the system.
A shining example
The folks at Ball Horticulture Co. in West Chicago, Ill., got it right. (Unfortunately, Ball is open to the public only once a year during The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Check its website for schedules.)
Ball’s free-standing vertical wall — chock-full of tropical plants such as caladium, alocasia, ginger, begonia, anthurium, and coloIcasia, and equipped with a drip irrigation system tailored to the needs of the plants — is both seductive and winsome – during the entire growing season.
Proponents of vertical gardening praise the living wall vertical gardens for their beauty. At Ball, the charm is irrefutable.
Betty Earl, the Intrepid Gardener, blogs regularly at Diggin’ It. She’s the author of ‘In Search of Great Plants: The Insider’s Guide to the Best Plants in the Midwest.’ She also writes a regular column for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and The Kankakee Journal and numerous articles for Small Gardens Magazine, American Nurseryman, Nature’s Garden, and Midwest Living Magazine, as well as other national magazines. She is a garden scout for Better Homes and Gardens and a regional representative for The Garden Conservancy. To read more by Betty here at Diggin’ It, .
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Create a beautiful vertical garden, or an entire green wall with our Delectable Garden 12 pocket planters.
These planters are made with recycled PET plastic bottles, so they’re eco-friendly as well! UV stable and will last a lifetime. Recycled synthetic material creates an ideal environment for vertical gardens, and artists and architects favor them over organic materials that decay quickly.
Easy to use, light weight, high quality, non-toxic, feels like soft felt.
Approx size: L 33 in X W29 in X 2mm thick.
The pockets are 9 inches W X 7.5 inches deep.
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Cloth Pots and Vertical Planters create “Air Pruning?”
This process is only possible with cloth pots. . When plants’ roots come in contact with the fabric, they are forced to penetrate and grow into the breathable fabric, causing the root tips to dehydrate and branch.when root tips meet the air on the outside. This causes “air pruning.” This pruning process forces lateral branching of desired fibrous feeder roots. These fibrous roots are more productive in the uptake of water and nutrients, resulting in a more vigorous and healthy plant that utilizes the entire root for optimum plant growth.
Cloth Pots and Vertical Planters give the plants more oxygen which facilitates nutrient uptake.
Nutrients are vital to healthy plants. Nutrient absorption will only occur when oxygen is present. So, when you hear someone say the primary reason of oxygenating the root zone is to keep the plant from drowning, that is not necessarily true… It also keeps the plants from starving. Our cloth pots and planters help you keep those roots oxygenated and absorbing lots of nutrition for vigor and health.
Cloth Pots are Eco-Friendly and made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
Obviously, using plastic pots not only restricts the oxygen and nutrient flow to your plants, but it creates more plastic waste that may end up in landfills or worse, the ocean floor. Our pots are utilizing plastic bottles that have already been used, and are recycled into a soft, permeable felt-like fabric that can be used over and over again! I use them and just throw them in the washing machine between uses to rid them of any dirt and root tips that may be trapped inside. They come out clean and ready for your next planting!
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Herb Walls: A Fresh Take on the Living Wall
Indoor herb walls act as living art.
Green walls are attractive and conjure images of healthy and verdant living. An edible green wall takes these ideas a step further. Imagine your clients with large herb walls in dining rooms, waiting areas, outdoor patios and atriums.
Not only will customers love the idea of the fresh herbs being used in their dishes, but their appetites will also be whetted by the enticing aroma of fresh herbs. There are endless possibilities for creating herb walls for both commercial and residential settings.
Different Kinds of Living Walls
The possibilities of crafting a living herb wall are numerous. They range from DIY to commercially fabricated. Ideas include:
- Using a cloth, hanging shoe organizer and filling it with potting medium and herbs.
- Lining crates with landscaping cloth and stacking them on top of one another.
- Installing a metal wall and planting the herbs in heavy duty magnetic containers.
- Layering wall sconces.
- Installing commercially fabricated cells that are designed for the specific purpose of living walls.
Just about any herb can be used in an edible wall. Many herbs such as oregano and thyme will trail and spill. Other herbs such as basil and sage can add a leafy fullness to the wall. The aesthetic of the wall will change and improve as the herbs grow and fill out the wall. In addition to herbs, other leafy vegetables can be included. Consider colorful plants such as ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard, beets, and leafy lettuces.
Two Important Factors
Two significant things must be kept in mind when planning and crafting these edible walls. These plants will require water and light. You may want to consider using a sub irrigation system to avoid a mess when it comes to watering the herb walls. Other systems include removable traps that collect excess water. To provide enough light the walls must be positioned either outdoors, near a bright window that will provide long hours of indirect exposure, or fitted with grow lights.
Many business owners are beginning to re-purpose space and show initiative when it comes to caring for the environment. CNNMoney sites a restaurant owner in West Hollywood that hired a landscaping company to install an herb wall on an outdoor wall between his two restaurants. The owner reasons that he wanted to take advantage of space that was otherwise unusable. It made the area more attractive, enticing guests with its beauty and aroma.
Be an Innovator
As an indoor landscaper you want to be on the cutting edge of designing living walls. Be prepared when clients approach you about adding edibles to their vertical spaces. Providing this service will give your business room from growth and expansion.
Whether you are planting these vertical gardens indoors or outside, you will be maximizing space and creating beautiful works of art. From home kitchens to commercial dining rooms herb gardens are taking on this new form with ease. Encourage your clients to try something new in their indoor landscapes by including living and edible walls.
Have you installed edible walls? What are your favorite materials to work with?
“Walls you can eat” CNNMoney.
“Herb Wall Inspiration.” Inspiration Green.
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How to create your own living wall
Want to bring a touch of greenery to your bathroom or just about any other room in your home? In this article, with step-by-step instructions and video, we’ll show you how easy it is to make your own living wall vertical garden.
As interior design ideas go, this one is a little “off the wall”, or do we mean “on the wall”? With tropical bathrooms being massively on-trend this year, indoor plants are in massive demand.
In our tropical bathroom style guide, we briefly touched upon the idea of a “living wall” and you may well be wondering just what this is, or maybe you simply want to know how to make one?
Luckily for you, we’ve answered both of these questions below and even had a crack at making our very own living wall. Take a look at the video below to find out how we achieved it.
How to create a living wall step-by-step video
You will need
- 4 x 10mm thick lengths of wood (choose your own length)
- 4 x 15mm thick lengths of wood (choose your own length)
- Sheet of plywood (to cover the back)
- Wood screws
- Staple gun
- Wood glue
- Power drill
- Heavy duty bin bags
- Plants that will need a similar amount of water and sunlight (see our (https://victoriaplum.com/blog/posts/bathroom-plant-ideas))
Here’s how to create a living wall
Pre-drill the holes that will connect your frame. This will make it much easier to get your wood screws in.
With the frame complete, add the plywood to the back using wood glue. Then, strengthen with nails for a secure finish.
Cut the bin liners to size.
Flip the frame over and lay down the bin liners, making sure you leave enough to cover the entire frame.
Take the staple gun and secure the bin liner in place up and down the sides of the frame.
Take the first of the shelves and use this as a lip at the bottom to keep all your soil inside the frame.
Fit the other shelves angled upwards and fix into place using nails.
Add a layer of potting soil to the shelves and trim the bin liners back to expose the wood.
Now, add the plants. We suggest mixing colours and textures to really get creative with your arrangement. We have listed the plants we used below.
Settle for a week on a flat surface, before mounting on the wall of your choice.
Congratulations, you’ve now completed your living wall.
It’s worth noting that your living wall can be any size you like. Although, you will need to ensure your wall can take the load.
We used the following plants:
- Carex Evergold
- Garden Fern
- Lavandula Angustifolia
- Lavandula Stoechas
- Miscanthus Gracillimus
Screwing the frame together.
Adding the plywood backing.
Cutting the bin liners to size.
Laying down the bin liners.
Securing the bin liner to the sides of the frame.
Fitting the shelves.
Adding a layer of soil.
Adding the plants.
Allowing to settle on a flat surface for a week
What is a living wall?
With a blurring of boundaries between indoors and outdoors living, we’re starting to see many design ideas that were typically used in the garden or patio, being replicated in our interiors.
An outdoors living wall (also known as a green wall) is nothing new. In fact, many of the quaint cottages you’ll see in and around the countryside have walls with plants covering the brickwork. Even modern homes may have a smattering of greenery creeping up the side of the building. The only difference with the living wall which we’re talking about is that it is indoors and consists of carefully planned and planted shrubs and flowers.
The benefits of a living wall
The benefits of having plenty of plant life within your home cannot be understated. Plants improve the air quality in your home by filtering out some of the harmful pollutants and help regulate the moisture content in the air. Studies show that people feel happier and are more productive in their homes when plant life is present.
A living wall is a creative way to introduce shrubs to any room in your home, especially where space is at a premium.
Create a Tropical bathroom
If you’ve been inspired to exercise those green fingers and create your very own living wall, why not check out our Tropical bathroom style guide? You’ll discover which products, textures and colours work well with your wall.
More bathroom plant ideas
Discover more ways to add greenery to your bathroom with these articles:
- 12 plant ideas that’ll make your bathroom bloom
- How to make your own macramé plant hanger
- How to make a terrarium for your bathroom
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