For a small garden space, living walls or green walls are a great idea because you are using less floor space. Alternatively, you may want a green wall design because you have an eyesore of a wall as part of your garden that you want to make look better. An incredible green wall design does not have to be out of your budget. Green wall systems can be expensive but you may want to consider green wall planters.
Green Wall Design
First things first, what is a green wall?
A green wall is just a vertical garden, Plants covering a wall give your more gardening real estate when you have limited gardening space which is a big problem in urban living.
When it comes to green wall design you have different options for plants covering wall space. You can have green wall systems where plants cover an entire wall without the wall being visible. Alternatively, you can opt for green wall planters that play with negative space and bring the wall to the forefront.
Green Wall Systems
You can get the amazing green wall systems that water your plants and keep them drained. Such green wall system though can get really expensive. When I was researching my options, I decided quickly that green wall systems were out of my budget.
Green wall systems can even come as ready-planted green wall panels. Put them up and hey presto! There are plants covering wall like they had always been there. You can even get green wall panels that are faux plants. No need to worry about watering and drainage then.
Green Wall Planters
Green wall planters come in different shapes and sizes. Unlike a vertical green wall system, the green wall planters are part of the display and providing frames or juxtaposition for the plants.
If you live somewhere where water is a scarce resource, these DIY green wall planters allow you to have flashes of green on the wall. Also, on the plus side, succulents don’t need to be watered very often and yet are striking.
What if you want to be creative with your green wall planters themselves. I love this idea from the Chelsea Garden Show which uses aluminium piping and cinder blocks. They are a super cool idea as well as being inexpensive.
Best Plants For Wall Planters Facing North
I was looking for green wall vertical planting systems that were budget friendly and easy to put up. I found this Wonder Wall Self vertical garden kit at an English garden center, Dobbies.
I am not done with my green wall design. The below photo shows where we are at now. I’m still playing with what will be the best plants for wall planters on a shady wall and the specific look I want to achieve.
There are so many choices for plants for wall planters. What you pick really depends on which way your wall is facing.
I have a north facing wall which is visible from the kitchen window. They are a selection of the best plants for wall planters facing north. This year I have mixed and matched the plants. I know with green wall panels I would have gotten the look exactly done as soon as they were put up.
Heuchera are also known as coral bells. I love their big leafy flowers.
Carex are also known as sedge and are types of grass. I love that some of them are spiky and others flop. My daughter decided that the brown floppy carex (3 rows down) looks like her hair in the morning.
Ferns are great for being leafy and full and growing well in the shade.
I tried geraniums in my green wall planters because I got a whole slew of them cheap. Many of them did not take though and this year I have replaced them with more carex.
I tried the geraniums because I really hate English Ivy. They are one of the best plants living wall planters. I know people think they are pretty growing on a building but they destroy the building underneath.
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And, before you go here’s an easy chart from ProFlowers that goes over green wall design succinctly.