How to Build a Living Wall for your Garden

Refresh the look of your backyard for the new season by installing an attractive new living wall, filled with bright blooms and leafy green plants.

There are many spring garden ideas that you can introduce to your home, but the living wall is one that will add to appeal of your entertaining areas - perfect for those spring soirees and fast-approaching summer BBQs.

1. The first thing you need to do is figure out where you would like to set up your wall. It's recommended that you place it in an area that gets some sun, but not too much where it will leave your plants wilted.

2. Next you need to think about which materials you want to use to construct your wall. You can find planters specifically created for living walls available in hardware stores or you can choose to create your own.

3. One fantastic idea is to use an old or discarded pallet to host your plants. You can use a regular-sized pallet to create a larger feature wall or cut it in half for something a little more manageable.

4. Pull on some gloves to avoid any splinters and give the pallet a good sand down, also removing any protruding nails.

5. Cut a weed mat to cover the sides, bottom and back of your pallet, and staple it to the wood (starting at the top). When attaching the weed mat to your pallet, ensure that it is kept taut and that staples are kept about an inch apart.

6. Remember to keep the top and front uncovered as this is where your plants will go. When you've finished attaching the weed mat to the pallet, flip it over and get ready to start planting.

7. Some plants that are fantastic for living walls include ferns, bromeliads, climbing roses, petunias, lavender and geraniums.

8. Fill your pallet with potting mix and compact it with your hands. Then start adding your plants in the mix, leaving some space between each so they can grow comfortably. Finally, make sure your plants are tightly fitted (covering the openings of the pallet) and filled with soil.

9. Leave the living wall to lie for a few days to allow the plants to take root and then you'll be ready to put up your new garden piece!

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