Do you have a screen which is rather plain and boring? My husband built mine using wood screwed horizontally onto a frame and it does a wonderful job of keeping the sun out of our undercover area and providing us with privacy from the neighbours. However, it won no prizes in terms of beauty so I was so excited to find these vertical garden planters.
As a gardener, I knew it was the perfect place for a vertical garden, however, finding the perfect planters to use was proving a challenge.
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Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 21 November 2018
I was so happy when I found these double-sided vertical planters at CleverPatch. The planters are made out of a strong, durable material and feature 4 pockets on each side. They are very cleverly designed, with small holes in the pockets allowing the water to drip through to the bottom plants as you water.
Each planter has two Velcro tabs at the bottom. They are so easy to install and would work over a variety of fences or railings. All you need to do is slide them into position and close the Velcro straps. Then the fun part begins.
One side of my wall gets direct sunshine in the afternoon, so I was able to plant these with a mixture of flowers and succulents. I bought the flowers from my local nursery and I also used a mixture of succulent and plant cuttings which I took from my garden.
I used a good quality potting mix for the flowers, filling each pocket halfway, then putting the flower in and topping up with soil.
For the succulents, I used a good quality succulent mix and similarly half filled the pockets, then inserted the plants. Where I took cuttings from my garden, I simply used a sharp pair of secateurs to make a clean cut on the limb of the plant, I then trimmed any lower leaves to give a stalk. Filling the soil to the top of its pocket, I made a hole in the soil first, then inserted the cutting. Succulents are so easy to grow and will happily root in situ, providing a plant that is beautiful to look at and costs nothing.
The other side of my planters gets very little sunshine as it’s undercover. I was able to put a couple of flowering plants into the end closest to the sun and in the rest of the pockets, I used a mixture of bromeliads which love shade and succulents which will also grow happily without direct sun. Again, I sourced some of these from my local nursery but I also used cuttings from my garden. Bromeliads are happily planted in native soil and will also root happily in situ.
Once I had planted everything I gave it a good water. You must treat these planters like a pot and water regularly as they will easily dry out. The benefit of planting bromeliads and succulents rather than flowers is that you can reduce the need to water so regularly if you prefer.
My vertical garden adds so much colour and appeal to my outside area. Both sides can be appreciated, whether I am in the shade of my outdoor area or in the garden looking towards the house. This really is an inexpensive way to add beauty to a screen or fence and is one that will give you a ‘Wow’ factor that you will enjoy for a long time to come.
Written by: Sonia (mother of 2)