When growing a garden on patios, decks or verandas, space might be tight so an ideal option to maximize the area is growing up. Vertical gardening, or sometimes called a ‘living wall’ is a growing trend. This trend is featured on these sites among others: Realtor.com, Zillow and Living Etc. Living walls are a perfect solution for those gardeners who want to save on space, have easier tending, harvesting and LESS back bending.
A vertical garden can go just about anywhere – indoors or outdoors. Knowing how much space and sunlight you have to work with is essential in getting off on the right foot. When working indoors the main thing to consider is how much sunlight your selected area gets. If you are going to add a vertical garden outdoors, you will need to determine the right plants for your climate zone. For other helpful tips and tricks, please visit our previous article, It’s also good to consider any rules or regulations and/or weight limits for your patio before beginning.
Materials used for vertical gardens are highly varied – from recycled bottles and gutters to using tiered planter pots to plant stands with trellises – it’s easy to find something that fits everyone and every lifestyle! Here’s a great list of plants that thrive vertically.
Everyone loves to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air on their patio. When you live in a densely populated area, simple techniques can help you create an oasis of privacy.
Many people automatically think of partitions or curtains to establish privacy. We absolutely love the idea of being creative with plants to achieve it! Using a trellis with non-invasive climbing plants can make a beautiful and attractive barrier while also establishing more privacy. If you need more of a free-standing solution, try making a wall from taller planters. Using towering plant stands or using tall plants such as bamboo in your containers may also work well.
Color In Your Garden
Color is one of the most important design elements involved when planning your garden. Using color is one of the easiest and effortless ways to express your personality and set the tone. There are countless ways to utilize color in your garden. Getting to know and understand the basic principles of color theory will help you get off on the right foot.
Using the Color Wheel
The color wheel is a gardener’s best friend when it comes to creating an attractive palette. Utilizing the color wheel and color theory is a simple, fool-proof way to figure out how to combine plants and flowers beautifully and effectively. It can also help you bring your vision to life. Here are a few popular color strategies to try:
A monochromatic color scheme is probably the easiest color arrangement to pull off. Using a monochromatic color scheme is composed of plants in a single color family. Monochromatic may sound boring to some but it doesn’t have to be; you can create extra interest with texture, tone and mixing shapes and sizes.
Analogous colors are three colors that sit directly next to one another on the color wheel – think red, orange and yellow, for example. These adjacent colors can create drama and movement with leading lines. When using analogous colors, you could play around with choosing either cool or warm colors and make even more of a statement with color symbolism.
Speaking of threes, you can also try a triadic color scheme, imagine drawing an equilateral triangle on the color wheel, these points will then get you three colors that go well together. Equally contrasting and harmonious.
Complementary colors are opposite colors from each other on the color wheel. The eye is trained to see a color brighter next to its complement. If you want to plant an exciting and striking garden, consider using complementary colors.
No matter what color technique you use, you’re sure to come up with something that is beautiful and harmonizes your garden. Don’t forget that you can also bring your garden to life with colorful details in your furniture, garden art, tile and other materials used around in your garden. Pairing colorful or decorative containers with plants highly valued for their foliage, such as Hostas, Coleus and succulents, is another easy way to add vibrant interest into your landscape.
Selecting The Right Pots For Your Container Garden
There are several different kinds of materials used for containers. When it comes to choosing the best material for your project, not only can the material be practical and functional but also aesthetic and improve the overall style you want to achieve. Many of the materials used for planters can be modified to fit into any decor style.
Each type has its own merits and disadvantages. Here are a few commonly used for pots and containers:
Terra-cotta or clay pots are attractive, inexpensive and lightweight but easily breakable as they are prone to damage from cracking. Plants may require more frequent watering as terra-cotta is porous causing the soil to dry out more quickly.
Planters made of stone add a lot of character but tend to be very expensive and heavy. These pots are extremely solid and give amazing heat insulation. In more recent years, faux stone planters have been made to simulate the texture and patterns of real stone but are cheaper and more lightweight.
Plastic pots are widely available in many shapes and sizes. Plastic pots are durable, inexpensive (sometimes even free from the nursery) and quite lightweight. The downside with plastic is that it looks like plastic and can sometimes become brittle in high frost areas.
Metal Containers are durable, attractive and very decorative. However, the metal provides very little insulation and can heat up rapidly which causes the soil to dry out more quickly. When using a metal container, proper drainage is a must to help the moisture escape and to increase airflow throughout the pot.
Wooden Planter boxes can be customized in just about any way – from size and shape to species of wood used. Using wood is very functional and can be combined with many other garden features like benches, trellises and much more. Wood provides excellent insulation for plants but may attract pests and insects. Depending on the size of your wooden planter weight may be an issue.
One last tip; your garden is yours and a direct reflection of your creativity and love. These design tips will help in getting off to a successful start. Sometimes, however, rules are made to be broken. If you find yourself veering away from the traditional design principles in making your dream garden, then absolutely go for it! All that matters is that you love your garden.
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