Vertical spaces are great opportunities to grow more plants. Whether it’s a useful kitchen garden or just a beautiful wall of green, a living wall can enliven any indoor or outdoor space. If designing and building one seems a little daunting, consider starting a living wall from a kit that provides materials and instructions. These also make excellent gifts.
What is a Living Wall?
A living wall is simply a vertical planting space. Growing plants in some kind of structure that is erected on or against a wall creates a green, living garden on a wall, fence, or other vertical surface.
Some people use vertical outdoors spaces, like fences or patios, to create more growing area in a small space. Others embrace the living wall simply as a design element or to make a wall (indoors or out) more interesting and a focal point. It’s a fun new trend in both interior and garden design.
How to Grow a Living Wall Kit?
Designing and building your own structure for a living wall is great if you have the skill set for it. However, if you are no designer and not a handy builder, you might want to consider getting a wall plant kit.
The product you order should come with some specific instructions on how to get started. Each kit may be slightly different, so be sure to read the living wall kit information before you dive in and start constructing and planting.
First, make sure when you purchase a living wall kit, that it matches your needs. It should fit your space and provide what you need to be able to construct it. The design should also match your style. Some living wall kits are rustic, others modern, and they use a variety of materials like plastic, wood, and metal.
For the simplest kits, you will only have to hang something on the wall and then add growing material and plants. Be sure that you have a way to water the plants and a system for catching drainage if the kit doesn’t account for that. Once you get all the elements together, and if you have bought the kit that works best for your home, putting it up and enjoying it will be a piece of cake.
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Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.