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A Living Wall DIY

by Camryn Christoff

Have you ever wanted to redecorate your house in a way that is unique? Consider a living wall! A living wall, known as a vertical garden, is a vertical structure that has plants and greenery placed in them and is attached to your wall. They are planted in a growth medium often filled with soil or other substances that the desired plant is able to grow and live in.

Imagine walking into your home and having a wall completely filled with plants. According to Sempergreen, living walls provide benefits such as improving air quality, reducing ambient temperature, and providing a healthy indoor climate. The benefits and the beauty of having living walls in your home are a win-win! Here is an easy guide to creating a living wall DIY:

Planning Out Your Design

It is important to plan out what you want your living wall to look like. Setting up a living wall can take time, so you want to make sure you know exactly how you want it to look. Consider the size of your living wall. How big would you like it to be? Determining the design and size first should be your main priority when you are considering creating a living wall. This will help you determine where in your home you will put it. My advice would be to put it in your living room. Most people spend most of their time in their living rooms watching TV, so having a little bit of nature and greens in the room you usually relax in may completely change your mood.

Considering Your Location For Your Living Wall

The next step for building your living wall DIY is to consider the location of where in your house you would envision a living wall. The most important aspect in having a living wall in your home is ensuring that the plant is able to thrive and grow in a healthy environment. Make sure that wherever you are putting your living wall, whether it be in your living room or in a bedroom, that it gets plenty of direct sunlight. Having a living wall in a dark room or in a place that does not have direct sunlight is not ideal for your plants to be able to grow (unless you have a plant that does not require sunlight or you decide to buy artificial plants for your living wall).

Find Out What Kind Of Plant You Would Like To Have

An important step to planning your living wall DIY is finding out what kind of plant you would like to have in your home. There are many types of plants that can be grown on a living wall. Here are a few examples of the most popular plants:

Lobelia: Lobelia is a beautiful purple flower that is easy to grow and can thrive in cold conditions.

Petunia: These beautiful and brightly colored flowers may take time to grow, but with perfect care, they will brighten up your room.

Heuchera: Heuchera plants can grow in a variety of colors depending on the type you get. Most heuchera plants have large leaves that will really capture attention.

Pansies: Panises can thrive in shade due to the way they grow, so if you would like to have a living wall and don’t have enough direct sunlight, these flowers will be your best bet!

Wallflowers: Wallflowers also can thrive in shade and are easy to grow. These four-petalled flowers will make your room pop!

Researching Living Wall Companies

The most important step to creating your living wall is the installation process. So, what do you do next? The answer is to find a company that has living wall products! Here are a few companies that offer easy-to-install living walls:

Ogrmar 36 Pockets Vertical Wall Garden Planter: For those on a budget, this is a cheap and simple way to create your own Living Wall. This product offers pockets to place your plants in to easily grow and can be hung up anywhere on your wall!

GrowUp Green Walls: This living wall company provides a variety of sizes of living walls that provide recycling solutions and integrated catch tanks to ensure your plants are watered at all times.

Succulent Gardens: If succulent plants are more of your thing, the company Succulent Gardens offers an easy set-up for a living wall full of succulent plants!

Florafelt Compact Living Wall Kit: The Florafelt Compact Living Wall Kit comes with all that you need to grow your living wall. It features eight planting pockets, a built-in irrigation tube, a water pump, and much more to keep your plants healthy and thriving!

Maintenance And Care

The last step to creating a living wall DIY is ensuring that your plants are maintained and cared for correctly. Research your plants beforehand. This way, you will know how much water, sunlight, and soil they need to live and thrive. Many plants are different and require different maintenance techniques than others.

Enjoying Your Living Wall

Living walls are beautiful pieces of design to add to your home. Not only do they brighten up the look of your home, they also offer many benefits such as improving air quality, reducing ambient temperature, and providing a healthy indoor climate. Living walls are a perfect addition that you should consider adding into your home!