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How To Make A Simple Living Wall

by Fabian Jackson

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Looking to create a green and serene haven? Follow these simple steps on building your own living wall at home.

Living walls can be a great feature to any sized garden, or even a refreshing statement inside. If you want to make your own, it can be very simple. So, here’s how you do it.

What is a living wall?

A living wall in a stretch of vertical space indoors or out, that is completely covered in plants. They’re also known as bio-walls or vertical-gardens, and a great way to introduce more biodiversity to a space. 

Pick the place

The first decision you’ve got to make is a fun one; where will your living wall go? 

stone wall with plants growing in it

Find your favourite spot in the garden with a solid wall, fence or structure that you can attach it to. It’s a good idea to get some damp proof membrane to go up first. Something like this will do nicely.

Choose your planter

For outdoors, you can pick anything from a simple grow bag like this, up to something more solid (involving a bit more construction) like these ones from Plant Box.

living wall

photo credit: Plant Box

If you’re thinking of building a living wall inside, then a custom made wall is what you need. It can either be a permanent feature, or you can move it around depending on where you’d like your dose of greenery to be. 

The best living wall plants

Next you can move on to the exciting task of deciding what to plant, and how. You can let your creative juices flow to create vertical rows, fun blocks or drifts of colours, which make a beautiful tapestry effect. It’s not recommended to plant horizontally though, as it could cause higher plants to block the much needed light reaching lower levels.

Gardeners’ World recommends the following:

For sunny spots

Some of the best picks for sun-rich areas are: 

  • Fuchsia
  • Impatiens
  • Pelargoniums
  • Salvia
  • Lobelia
  • Nasturtiums
  • Petunia

Nasturtiums

Plants happier in the shade

If you’ve decided to put your living wall somewhere a little shadier, then these are some good options:

  • Campanula
  • Tiarella
  • Pansies
  • Ferns
  • Ajuga
  • Viola
  • Heuchera

Attach it up and get planting

Follow the instructions of whichever planter or box system you’ve bought and then once you’re happy it’s secure, start playing with the patterns of your plants until you’re settled. Then get planting.

Keep watering 

watering can

Maybe your new living wall will become your favourite spot for morning coffee, or even a weekend retreat to escape into a great book.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes ofEscape to the Country(no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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