On the cover of our summer catalog, we created a vertical garden using maze wall hangings. This is a great way to add greenery to small outdoor spaces, or as living wall art for outdoor entertaining areas.
Succulents work well for this type of gardening because they need very little water and have slow, shallow roots which help to extend their life in the wall. They also come in an extensive array of colors and textures.
Other tropicals and ferns can also work well if they require comparable care—air plants* can be interspersed too—together the mix will enhance the overall texture.
1. Maze wall hanging(s) and mounting hardware appropriate for the wall.
2. Check local gardening centers for potted succulents, air plants and sheet moss. Tip: remember to take into consideration the location’s exposure to sunlight when choosing plants.
3. Succulent or cactus mix soil, gardening scissors, and plastic coated floral wire—which must be plastic coated so it doesn’t rust. Most home supply stores stock charcoal fiberglass screen material.
1. Cut a round piece of the fiberglass screen. For a small succulent as shown, 10” across should be adequate. *Air plants can be included as desired and do not require soil or moss so skip to step 5 for these varieties.
2. Place a small amount of the sheet moss in the center of the screen and spread a thin layer of the succulent/cactus mix soil on top.
3. Take the succulent out of its pot, remove loose potting soil and save it for other gardening projects, and place it so the roots are in the center of the screen.
4. Wrap the roots and moss with the fiberglass screen to make a nice bundle up to the neck of the succulent and secure the bundle by tying it with the floral wire.
5. Place plants in their desired positions and secure with additional floral wire.
During warmer months, water thoroughly then let the soil go dry before re-watering. Succulents store water in their stems and leaves and can tolerate periods of dryness without harm.
During cooler months, water less frequently and less deeply. When a sunny day is expected, water in the morning so any excess will evaporate in the sunlight.
Thanks to curtis, catalog art director, for this submission.