How to Build a Plant Wall for Your Home

by Karen Levine 07/22/2021

Vertical gardening is an excellent way to conserve space while still enjoying the benefits of lush, living greenery. The best thing about it is that you can create vertical gardens indoors and outdoors. There are many different plans for vertical gardens, also sometimes called green walls or living walls, as well as companies that specialize in their installation. Here we’ll go over the basics of how to DIY your very own vertical garden wall either inside or out.

Materials

Wooden battens
Level
Waterproof membrane
Electric screwdriver
Plastic planters
Your choice of plants

How to Choose Your Plants

You can be creative with your choice of plants for a garden wall. However it’s a good idea to choose plants that have similar care needs so you don’t find yourself over or under-watering portions of your wall. Many plants prefer indirect light to direct sunlight as well so research your options beforehand. Here are some suggestions for easy-care plant choices:

Maidenhair or Boston fern
Pothos
Heart leaf philodendron
Tradescantia
Spider plant

How to Build Your Garden Wall

  1. You can begin by building on practically any sturdy vertical surface. Some options include an interior or exterior wall of your home, a garden fence or a removable wall panel. Once you’ve chosen your spot, spread out and attach the waterproof membrane to the surface to protect it against moisture damage.

  2. Use an electric screwdriver to attach the battens. You can add them in symmetrical rows or stagger them, but make sure you leave enough room for the planters.

  3. Once the battens are attached, screw in the plastic planters.

  4. To create a reservoir, water the wall either with the hose or a watering can, starting from the top. The water will spill down and collect in the planters so keep it moist for up to two weeks.

  5. Add your chosen plants. You can add the plants directly by taking them out of their nursery pots and adding some extra soil. You can also simply place the entire pot into the wall container for easy removal. If you do it this way, make sure the pots have adequate drainage.

Unless you choose to add a built-in hydroponics system, you’ll need to water your living wall at least once per week. Plants that like higher humidity, like ferns, may require more frequent watering while others like pothos and spider plants can be left alone for longer. No matter what, these steps will give you the basis for creating a beautiful vertical garden you can be proud of while enjoying the many benefits of plants in your home.

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Karen Levine

Hi, I'm Karen Levine and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.