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Are you short on space but want greenery on your balcony or in your backyard? The solution - grow up! Vertical Gardens are an exciting way to bring in green life to your home and soften up that hardest of brick or cold walls.
Many office buildings and new residential towers are getting in on the vertical gardening craze. And if you love the look of these gardens, they can be easily replicated in your own home. There are kits you can purchase too, that will allow you to recreate these looks, without resorting to building it completely from scratch.
Before you race to the garden centre to pick up all your bits and pieces, there are a couple of things you’ll need to consider:
Before setting up the garden, take a good look at the wall and how much sun it receives. Is it getting full sun in the afternoon, or is it getting a small amount of filtered light in the morning? Also check how hot the wall gets during the day. Many plants, like us, can’t handle the heat that well so this will determine the ultimate success of your vertical garden and the plant selection as well. Just remember that as the seasons change the amount of sun also changes. This also needs to be taken into account before getting set up.
For sunny areas, look at succulents or sun loving plant varieties. Small native grasses like Lomandra ‘Little Con’ are perfect for sunny green walls.
For areas that have filtered light, indoor plants perform well. These include bromeliads and many understorey ferns such as the birds nest fern, will perform well in these environments. To add texture to the wall, mix up the planting with mondo grass, liriope and other soft leaf ferns.
Herbs, vegies and even strawberries can be grown vertically and are great to have near a kitchen or balcony. Add flowering annuals into the mix such as marigolds and snapdragons, and you have a garden that will assist with attracting the bees as well as being edible!
Many vertical gardens require a mixture of 50:50 good quality potting mix, like Yates Premium Potting Mix to perlite or small styrofoam balls. This mixture lightens the soil, so that it lessens the overall weight on the wall and assists with moisture control.
Irrigation is very important to vertical gardens. As their soil is fairly limited they do require additional attention, especially on scorching hot and dry days. Check the soil regularly to ensure that it is lightly moist and try not to let them dry out. To further improve the soils water holding capacity, mix in Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals into the potting mix prior to planting out.
All plants need a feed now and then, particularly in the warmer weather, this also applies to your vertical gardens. Regular feeding with Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate will give your plants the right amount of nutrients that they need to keep on looking fabulous.
With all the tips and tricks now at your disposal, go out and get that vertical garden growing!