It’s no secret that we adore houseplants here at Backyard Vitality. They clean the air, lift your mood, and bring a taste of the garden right into your living room. In fact, we believe that house is not a home without a few plants scattered across every empty surface. Sadly, many people are scared to get houseplants because they have a “brown thumb” or just “aren’t good with plants.” This list of no-fail houseplants will finally put those fears to bed, help increase your confidence, and allow you to decorate every room in your home with vibrant living decor.
Gardening is a fantastic hobby and a way to provide fresh food for your family. Did you know that that it can also be lucrative? What if I told you that you could accelerate your savings by growing some popular cash crops? There are even some great options for people who have limited space in which to grow plants. Now that I have your attention let’s take a look at how your garden can keep you in the green (if you know what I mean).
A unique, personalized, living wall adds so much interest and fun to any exterior design. Here are our favorite ways to create a living wall in your yard and a few tips to help you succeed.
Premade felt hanger
One of the easiest ways to create a living wall for your outdoor space is to purchase a simple hanging material with pockets for planting. This sturdy material usually comes ready to hang. All you have to do is add soil and plants, and you’re good to go. Though not necessarily as attractive, you can also use an old canvas over-the-door pocket hanger if you don’t want to buy anything and have a fence or rail to hang it over. Choose trailing plants and vines to plant in the pockets, and you’ll be able to cover it up in no time. Avoid plastic or plastic-lined pockets at these will not provide adequate drainage.
On the other end of the effort spectrum is the planter frame. Unlike the premade choices, this one is DIY heavy and requires more supplies and a few tools. Search out plans to determine if this project is something you want to tackle.
To save money on supplies, and save time on constructing your own structure, use an old pallet for your wall garden. It can be attached to an existing fence, or you could attach pallets together to create a low, decorative living wall. This is also a great way to help save the environment by using recycled materials. Remember, you will need landscape fabric and wire to help hold the soil in, so keep that in mind as you budget for this project.
Attaching pots to an existing wall or fence is incredibly simple and may be the best option if you want to grow a variety of plants that don’t do well together. Cluster the pots so that the arrangement seems intentional, not haphazard, and utilize trailing plants to help fill in the gap. Be sure that the pots are removable for ease of planting and replacement.
If you want to encourage vine growth on your fence or garden wall, attach simple wooden ladders to give them something to climb. Plant perennial vines below your wall, and within a few seasons, you’ll have a living garden wall straight out of a fairy tale.
Tips for a wall garden
Vertical gardening, in general, but wall gardens in particular, are a lot different than traditional container, or in-the-ground gardens. With that said, there are a few things you need to keep in mind while planning and building your living wall.
Don’t forget about water
Watering is one of the trickiest factors of a wall garden, and figuring it out can prove incredibly frustrating. If your water from the top and let it flow down, the plants on the bottom could become waterlogged; however, it’s often too big to take down and water, which rules out that option. Unfortunately, there’s really no sure answer for watering wall gardens other than installing a drip irrigation system as you build.
Another idea is to use arid plants such as succulents and desert dwellers. That way, water isn’t as much of a requirement, and you can leave your wall alone for weeks at a time. Or, you can place plants that need more water at the bottom and monitor your arrangements for any signs of root rot. Regardless, when designing your wall garden, drainage and watering are critical factors to take into consideration.
If you are installing a permanent wall garden, make sure that it is in an ideal spot with adequate sunshine and easy access to water. It may be a good idea to stick to more portable or disposable options at first while you are planning your garden and figuring out what looks best.
Unless you are using a pocket growing method, you’ll want to let your plants grow horizontally for a few weeks to let them establish roots. Otherwise, they may fall out or look weird as they grow with gravity pulling them down.
Don’t be afraid to take chances and try new things in your yard. After all, decorative gardening is all about expressing creativity and letting your personality shine, not about stifling your passion and following set plants. Be daring and bold and search for unique ways to use everyday objects for your new vertical garden.
There’s no conversation piece quite as great as a living succulent frame. Your guests will be raving about your DIY craft project, and it will provide a stunning element for your interior decor. Even though it may seem trickly, putting together a succulent frame is incredibly easy if you follow these 8 simple steps.
Terrarium (Pl. terrariums/terraria) by definition is a miniature garden sealed in a glass container. They are excellent for displaying beautiful plants individually or as a composition that represents a piece of nature. They take a bit of effort to set up but are easy to maintain and add a beautiful and delicate touch to any space.
I would bet that if you have any houseplants as living decor in your home, you have at least one succulent taking up residency on a bookshelf, coffee table, or resting in a sunny windowsill. And this is with good reason! Succulents are super cute, easy to care for, and incredibly popular right now which makes them a no-brainer addition to your collection. But did you know that succulents can also be grown outside, even if you don’t live in the desert? Here are a few other facts you probably didn’t know about your favorite plants.