Living walls

One of the most underrated garden planting techniques is the living wall. What is it and what is it’s function in the garden? The living wall is a great idea. So let’s talk about it.

One of the most underrated garden planting techniques is the living wall. What is it and what is it’s function in the garden? The living wall is a great idea. So let’s talk about it.

There are many kinds of living walls. There are the vertical growing spaces that are indeed living walls. They use special planting pockets and produce lush green walls going up vertically. The grow systems can be very expensive, it is true. But in some situations, it is well worth the cost.

Not only do living walls provide a peaceful feeling for anyone walking by, they also can create their own watering systems and hide unsightly building walls. People can use all sorts of greenery to create a lush tapestry of plants along the wall. In addition, all that living plant material sends out a lot of chlorophyll into the air improving the air quality of the space. This living wall also can reduce the noise levels from traffic, helping to create a private space.

For the homeowner, you can create a living wall at the end of a patio or even make a living wall hanging picture. The size is entirely up to you. Visit miraclegro.com or livewall.com to get ideas on what size and frame to use. The project can be expensive, but the result is amazing. If you want to try a wall hanging, such as a picture, visit kinsmangarden.com and look up the Pamela Crawford living wall planter. It is 14 inches tall, 14 inches wide and 5 inches deep. It holds nine front plants, six side plants and three top edging plants. This one is a good way to learn about the process of a living wall and get “your feet wet,” so to speak.

As for what kinds of plants to use, the plant kingdom is there for you to pick from. If you have an extremely shady spot, think Boston ferns, heuchera for color, rabbit’s foot ferns, orchids or maidenhair ferns. The choices are limitless. If you have a full sun situation, use potato vines, begonias, bromeliads or succulents.

The living wall is a new concept that is “out of the box” thinking. Look around your garden to see what area would benefit from a living wall. It can be large or very small. The choice is up to you. Consider something new this year for your garden setting. The most obvious location for a living wall or wall hanging is the porch or patio. Think about it.

—Linda Cobb | More Content Now

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass