Choice of plants
Don’t use invasive plants such as ivy, which will stick to any surface and eventually cause damage. If your vertical garden will have plants in containers, ferns, geraniums and petunias work well. Also plant some herbs to create sweet scents while doubling up as a handy kitchen garden. If you want plants that will climb, jasmine looks great and gives an amazing perfume. If you prefer plants that don’t need soil, choose air plants for your vertical garden, which get all the nutrients they need from the air.
If you don’t have a spare piece of wall for a vertical garden, or if you want to do something more unusual, don’t hold yourself back. You could create a small vertical garden by stacking a few old crates on top of each other and filling them with plants of your choice. Alternatively, upcycle an old chest of drawers by taking it outside and filling the drawers with plants.
If planting your own vertical garden at home seems like a little too much hard work, just pop down to visit us at The Athenaeum instead. Take in the splendour of the Living Wall before letting us take care of you with an afternoon tea or a meal at 116 at The Athenaeum. Enjoying greenery in the form of cucumber sandwiches or endive salads surely comes a close second to planting your own vertical garden…doesn’t it?