How to create a living plant wall

INDOOR PLANTS HAVE BEEN FINDING THEIR WAY INTO AN INCREASING NUMBER OF HOMES FOR SOME TIME NOW. AND THIS YEAR THE TREND HAS TAKEN A NEW AND CREATIVE TURN – TOWARDS LIVING PLANT WALLS.

As the name suggests, these beautiful vertical structures are full of green vibrant plants and a fantastic way to enhance your space and make the most of walls and fences. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

First choose the right spot

Living plant walls can be as big or small as you like, and they can even be indoors or outside in the garden. However, before you make your final decision it’s worth establishing how much light your chosen spot gets. For example, is it shady or sunny? Or a little of both? This will affect the type of things you can grow.

Choose a hanging planter

There are all sorts available depending on the type of things you want to grow and where you’ll be putting it. There are hanging planters that are suitable for fixing to a wall or fence and others that are freestanding. Some are made of wood, others fabric. And some are designed with troughs and others with pockets for individual plants.

Pick your plants

This is probably the most fun part of the process and if you’re looking for inspiration there are lots of ideas online. You could make your living plant wall themed or you could include several different types of plants. You could also dedicate yours to growing herbs, vegetables, annuals or perennial plants.

Planting

When it comes to planting you have two options. The first is to put the pots straight into your hanging planter. The second is to remove the pots and place the plants directly in soil. Both options are perfectly acceptable. The only extra benefit of the first option is you can easily remove one or all of the plants at any time, swap them around or replace with something different if the mood strikes.

Aftercare

It seems obvious, but once you’ve created your living plant wall it’s important to keep looking after it. That means watering plants regularly and giving them plant food (when necessary) to keep your plants green and healthy all year round.

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