The living wall is a natural feature of our homes, but has traditionally been seen as just a decorative addition. The use of living wall gardens has long been associated with traditional or more modern homes, but today more than ever, we are seeing designs that go beyond the traditional home.
From simple wall gardens, to wall gardens on floors, vertical gardens on stairways, and all types of growing simultaneously with the furnishings that go with them, the possibilities for incorporating a living wall have also increased.
One of the most popular vertical gardens is the one from Dificasto Traditional in Italy. The vines and plants are draped over wooden or metal columns, and fanned in red clay. The look is almost like a garden of undulating vegetation, with the bulk of the decorative feature coming from a higher positioned pot and some kneeling vertical plants. Another huge popular vertical garden rendition is the one from Lanzillo. This design features mostly long-stemmed evergreen bougainvillea, but there are a few round terracotta pots added in the design that have both a vertical and a horizontal cultivat.
While most living wall gardens are created from existing plants, many are also constructed from newly purchased or reclaimed materials. In fact, some commercial products are re-purposed and reused for such gardens. The options can be too many if you want a full backyard or just a smaller wall garden.
So, next time you find a void in your home, pick one of these living wall gardens to make it a true feature.