This week’s tip of the week from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado brings a great idea of growing plants “up” instead of “out” when space is limited. Read more.
- Be sure you have access to water as vertical gardens in sunny areas in particular, will dry out faster than gardens in the soil. Running a drip line from the sprinkler system to wall-mounted containers is an easy way to water them.
- Match the needs of the plants to the sun exposure of the wall.
- On a large wall with tiers of plants, place the more sun-loving plants on top with shade-lovers below.
- Use a variety of plants to get an assortment of both color and function.
- Remember to fertilize regularly so that plants grow large and cascade over the container.
- Bear in mind the vertical garden is as seasonal as other containers and won’t survive the winter months.
- Veggies that thrive in hot weather–tomatoes, peppers, cukes, squash, melons.
- All types of herbs are great, but herbs like cilantro and sage will attract beneficial insects.
- Sun-loving annual flowers add color to the mix. Portulaca, petunia, zinnia, ipomeas, lantana, verbena, cosmos and callibrachoa are all good choices.