The framework and reticulation for our vertical garden has been installed by our landscapers (landscapeswa.com.au).
I started to randomly place our Ikea pots with my trial plants on the frame to get a feel for how it will fit together.
I have spent the last couple of days potting new plants and herbs to go on the framework and I am trialling a soil recipe which I hope will retain water in the heat of summer and also provide some nutrients to help the plants thrive. The recipe is from Josh Byrne a Gardening Australia presenter.
- half the required amount of regular potting mix
- add 25% of coir or shredded coconut husk
- add 25% compost
- a generous sprinkle of rock mineral fertiliser
- a handful of pelletised manure
One of my favourite and most successful plants are the perennial portuluca – these look stunning in summer with their bright flowers overhanging the baskets and as a bonus they are extremly hardy. They will make up at least 40% of the plants on the green wall.
I have added some pots of Kalanchoe pumila Silver Grey and Aptenia succulents.
I have also planted a selection of herbs that I frequently use in my kitchen.
We are enjoying the view from our kitchen window even though most of the plants are still small and there isn’t much greenery yet.
I am quite sure that we will need to move and replace plants as the green wall progresses. I think that the trick will be getting the watering/reticulation right and light, oh and soil etc, etc ……… watch this space lol ☺