One of my favorite gardens at my home has been the freestanding living wall entry garden I built to reside next to my front door in an awkward little spot between the garage and stoop. I wrote about how to do it in Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, my latest book. I love it as an oxygen providing “umph” when you exit or return to the house, and it gives any house a spot of curb appeal that is appealing and attractive. Below are some excerpts from the book that show you how easy it is to assemble and maintain.
Beyond curb appeal, this is also a magnificent idea for decorating outside sliding doors or windows as the plants help filter the air surrounding these living areas. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, so every time you walk in and out of the house, you get a beautiful, green, stress-free view with an added breath of fresh air. … Planting houseplants in a living wall by using the Florafelt Vertical Garden System is easy. The technique is different than typical plantings as you will be wrapping the roots of each plant to create individual pouches of tightly wrapped soil and root that are placed inside the Florafelt planter pockets. When warm weather is over, it is easy to relocate this freestanding garden inside next to a sunny window for continued enjoyment through the winter season.
PLANTS USED IN THIS FREESTANDING LIVING WALL GARDEN
Plants used in this planting unit are mostly tropical and houseplants which come from the Optimara and the Selective Gardener company. Selections include albo fern, begonia, fittonia, heart leaf fern, golden moss, lemon button, peacock moss, peperomia, purple passion plant, rabbits foot fern, spider plant, and toothed brake plant.
HOW TO PLANT THE FLORAFELT SYSTEM
Simply assemble the Florafelt Vertical Garden System according to package directions. Once you have measured and attached the unit to the wall, then carefully fold the root wrappers provided with the system around the roots of the plants. Stuff the root-wrapped plants into the special system pockets. Fill the water reservoir with water, place the pump inside and turn the timer on. Super easy to assemble and no maintenance beyond filling the water reservoir regularly. A dream garden and an absolutely brilliant solution on a balcony, patio, or entryway.
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