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How to make a living plant wall

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Living plant walls are panels of plants. They are typically grown vertically using hydroponics and can either be free-standing structures or affixed to the wall. The idea behind living plant walls was first patented in 1938 but has become a growing trend in recent years with the drive to bring nature back into urban environments. 

Living plant walls are an ideal feature for those with small gardens or with no outdoor space. 

They can be planted with a range of plants including annuals, perennials, herbs or vegetables.

These walls can add a touch of nature to your home, as well being a stylish addition.

Living wall systems are sold in kit form, and can be scaled up or down to suit your space and budget.

They are impactful, no matter the size.

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To create a living plant wall, you must have a sturdy fence or wall.

You may also want to create a built-in watering system to ensure all plants receive the necessary volume of water.

The best living wall plants should be relatively compact – less than 50cm, or be able to withstand regular pruning.

You should group plants in vertical or angled drifts to avoid shading plants placed below.

If you interlink these drifts you can create a lovely tapestry-like effect.

You should then fill the planters with your chosen plants using 12 to 13cm pots.

Gardeners creating a plant wall can either remove the plants from the pots and put them into the planters or they can place the plant directly into the living wall.

If using the latter method, you should make sure to ensure the pot is touching the reservoir base.

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