You may have seen them as backdrops for store windows, charming cafés and swanky hotels, but now you can create your own living wall at home – it’s a great way to introduce some greenery and refresh a space either indoors or out. So if you want to find out how to make a vertical garden at home, keep scrolling…
You will need:
- Wooden shipping pallet
- Sandpaper/electric sander
- Landscaping fabric
- Staple gun or a hammer and nails
- Thin piece of wood or a plastic sheet roughly the size of the pallet
- Potting soil
- Lightweight planting substance (like coconut fibre)
- Watering can or hosepipe
- Plants of your choice
- Optional: heavy-duty metal chains and hooks
How to make a vertical garden:
1. Prep the pallet
Remove any unnecessary boards at the back of the pallet and sand down any rough edges on the wood using sandpaper or an electric sander.
2. Plant pockets
To stop your plants from falling out, use landscaping fabric to create pockets in-between the boards. Double up the fabric and attach the pockets to the inside of the pallet, making sure that the pockets are big enough for the plants and hang correctly when the planter is vertical.
3. Cover it up
Nail the wooden or plastic sheet to the back then cover with landscaping fabric for a water-resistant layer. This will protect your walls, too
4. Time for soil
Mix potting soil with the coconut fibre to minimise strain on the planter, and fill each pocket to about three quarters.
5. Get watering
Lightly water the soil – start at the top level of the planter and work your way down – but don’t soak it.
6. Start planting
Fill the planter with your chosen plants. Remove them from their pots and place them in the pockets – don’t forget to water your plants as needed.
7. Find a home
Decide where you want to put your living wall; prop your planter up against the wall or attach it with heavy-duty metal hooks and chain.
3 of the best plant types for living walls (aka vertical gardens):
Bulk up your living wall with plenty of greenery and add a splash of colour with some fragrant flowers. Suitable options for living walls include flowering ivy, white potato vine, starry jasmine, and wisteria.
These hardy but gorgeous plants require minimal care and will look beautiful all year round. Popular types include Christmas cactus, echeveria, jelly bean plant, crassula and string of pearls.
Now you can bring your herb garden right into your home. Spice up your living wall (and your cooking) with basil, parsley, mint, thyme, coriander, and oregano. Put your planter somewhere you can reach for regular cutting.