By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
As succulent plants gainpopularity, so do the ways in which we grow and display them in our homes andgardens. In pots or long hangingplanters, innovative gardeners have come up with many ways to use an existingwall to help support a vertical succulent garden. Let’s take a look at some ofthese.
Creating a Living Succulent Wall
A wall that appears to be onlyplant material is enjoying success in many commercial landscapes and evenindoors. Succulent wall displays in or around businesses are usually maintainedthrough hydroponics (water growth) and often too pricey and complicated for thehome gardener.
However, there are plans forsucculent wall planters growing in traditional soil situations that are simpleand affordable. Sometimes a handmade shelf with several levels is built fromwood. Others may be adapted from a metal shelf unit or a series of long plasticplanters.
Ledges may be customized to anytype of expertise. From the simplest to more complex forms, creating adecorative shelving unit does not have to be complicated. Be sure to add orallow drainage options. Choose succulents that cascade to help create theappearance of a living wall.
Ledges may be freestanding or upnear a wall. Build them to support themselves, so that weight and moistureisn’t transferred to an existing wall or fence nearby.
Vertical Succulent Gardens
Frames are a popular way to displaysucculents vertically. Normally, these frames are no bigger than 20 x 20 inches(50 x 50 cm.). They are often used in groupings, making them appear larger.Some are covered with wire to hold the soil in. Others are compartmentalized.The general idea is to let roots develop to help hold the soil when it is positionedvertically.
Sempervivums are oftenused as plant material in the smaller living walls. These develop a strong rootsystem to hold soil in. This type of plant is available in numerous colorfulrosette forms and can take the cold during winter. Combine with differentvarieties of creeping stonecrop for addedcolor and interest.
Smaller living walls in framesshould remain horizontal until roots develop to hold plants in well.
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50 Ways Of Creating An Enchanted Succulent Garden In Your Backyard
If there’s one fast growing trend in plant arrangements, it’s the world of succulent gardens. Getting as popular as the present trend in miniature fairy gardens, we’ll be examining how to grow succulents, how to plant succulents and then give some beautiful examples of succulent arrangements.
Where once a succulent garden was rarely seen, and that as a special cactus arrangement to the side of a ranch-style home, succulent arrangements are today found just about anywhere: indoors patios, office environments, office buildings, by a pool side, front-walk entrances, outdoor patios and even inside homes.
Why their rise in popularity? Well, for one thing, they’re immensely easy to grow and maintain. Frankly speaking, they’re especially attractive to working, career women who have little time to spend on plants, maintaining them and/or regenerating their prized greenery.
Moreover, they are almost impossible to kill. Many people have already named them the “camel” of greenery. Being tolerant of low water levels, they can thrive in dry environments, and they don’t require hardly any water at all. In addition, they are simply beautiful and lend themselves to whatever shape, style or arrangement you may have in mind.
DIY Succulent Wall Using Wood Pallet
Week 1 Employee Creation: Ashley, Production Manager of Mountain Crest Gardens
Being a family owned business, we like to run the nursery like a big family. We thought a fun blog project would be to invite all of our employees to make their own Succulent creations. We are asking one employee a week to do so. At the end of each week we will “showcase” that employees design at the nursery, on the blog, and on our Instagram.
|Week 1 is with Ashley, our Production Supervisor, who has been with us for 5 years. Ashley has decided to create a living wall using an old pallet.|
For her project she chose to create a living wall out of one of our old pallets. We are excited because this wall is mostly made of indoor plants and will look great in our new office space once it is rooted. The other employees are not so happy because now the “bar is set high” for the rest of them!
Why a living wall?
“Last year I made one out of the vertical planters we sell and everyone loved it, so I thought I would challenge myself for this project and try one out of one of the old pallets lying around. I love to upcycle items with succulents.”
How long did it take to make it and how many plants did you use?
“It took about three hours to make from start to finish and I used about 150 plants.”
How exactly did you make it?
“I used ground or weed cloth and stapled it to the back and in the inside. I then filled the pallet with soil and cut holes for the plants. Then, once the plants were in I watered the whole thing. Now, we will have to wait at least a month to hang it, so that the succulents can root."
What are some of the plants you used and why?
"I used bigger plants so that they can spread out more. Some examples of other plants were: Echeveria, because they like to be hanging. String of Pearls, because everyone loves those and when they grow they will drape well and hardy Sedums to fill in the spaces."
What are your favorite Succulents?
"The ugly and weird looking ones, like Gasterias and Haworthias."
What are the most difficult succulents to work with?
"Those would be the Haworthia, Euphorbia, and Hardy Sedums. Haworthias are difficult because they are easily confused with one another, and difficult to identify. Euphorbias are spiny and require protective gear so they don’t irritate the skin. Sedums are difficult because they are tedious to plant, they overgrow very easily, and they can be tricky to make look nice."
Why or what do you love about working at MCG?
"I love working for Mountain Crest Gardens because I am always learning, I also enjoy traveling to succulent events and meeting new people."
Ashley ends our conversation telling me "I like to always challenge myself and I had wondered if I could make a wall like this and I am happy that I was able to do it and that it turned out so well!"