As you might remember, back in early spring I built myself a vertical garden on the side of my garage. When I first unveiled it, the plants were pretty small and unimpressive. But over the last couple of months, they’ve really taken off, and I love it!
To jog your memory, here’s the side of the garage, before:
Here’s the vertical wall, right after I built it:
And here it is now:
Big change, right? Clearly our grass is now in its dormant phase (aka completely unwatered unless it rains), but isn’t it crazy how different this wall looks?
I just love the interplay between the many different types of leaves and flowers.
I kind of can’t believe how much the plants have grown without much attention. There are a few changes I’ve made, which I detail near the end of the post.
One of my favorite things about this project is how much the plants have surprised me. I love ferns, but for variety, I added other types of plants. And now some of the things that I mostly considered filler have become some of my favorites. I planted several different types of heuchera, and their flowers and foliage are just lovely.
And look at this cute little flower. I planted this epimedium for its foliage, but it turns out to have pretty flowers, too.
Even things that I didn’t even think had flowers, like black mondo grass, have produced a few.
Since I put this up, I’ve made a few tweaks. The big one is that I added a drip irrigation system. It’s pretty unobtrusive, but if you look closely, it’s the black lines you can see running behind the plants. Even early in the summer I noticed that some of the ferns weren’t getting enough water, and I knew that it would be a real problem during the hotter days ahead. Using this starter kit, I had already put together a system for my raised vegetable garden, so I just extended it to my vertical garden. It makes it really easy to keep everything watered.
Another change is that I added some vines to the ground to grow up the trellises. I planted akebia plants with two different colors of flowers, so I’m looking forward to seeing them bloom (and possibly even produce fruit!). I also replaced two plants that died. They were both Corydalis flexuosa, and I assume that the conditions just didn’t quite suit them.
Aside from the two I just mentioned, everything else is doing well. Some of them, like the creeping jenny (which I may need to prune to keep it from taking over), and the bleeding heart, have really exploded, while others, like some of the ferns, are slower growers. So I assume that this garden will continue to grow and change over the coming months and years, but even after only a few months, I’m loving its progress.
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