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Zone 8 Vertical Garden Design Considerations
1) Choose a design that will provide sufficient light and air circulation.
If you have a large area, consider using several vertical garden designs.
2) Make sure your plants are not too close together or they may get suffocated by each other’s roots.
3) Avoid planting too many varieties of the same type.
4) Plant only one variety per vertical garden design.
5) You may want to use a trellis system to support your plants so that they do not fall over when you walk around them.
6) Choose a design with good drainage since it helps prevent soil erosion and makes watering easier.
7) Plants need at least four hours of direct sunlight every day for optimal growth.
8) Choose a design that is easy to maintain.
9) Use plants that require little care such as clematis, wisteria, and trumpet vine.
10) Do not plant any ornamental or hardy species because they will compete with your desired plants. 11) Your choice of plants depends on what you intend to grow there. 12) When choosing a design for your vertical garden, think about how much space you have available and which types of plants would best fit into it.
So how do you go about choosing a design for your vertical garden project?
Well, first decide whether you want to grow food or ornamentals. If it’s the former, you need something that requires a lot of sunlight. If it’s the latter, you have much more freedom. Next think about how much time and effort you can devote to your vertical garden and what your resources are.
Are you prepared to water it daily in summer when rainfall is low? Is the area shaded at certain times of day? Does it have proper drainage?
To get you started, here are some of the most popular designs for vertical gardens:
The Step Design: Consists of placing your pots on top of one another, either separately or connected with each other using fencing or netting. This gives a feel that you are actually going up a step. You can use this design to create a pyramid-like garden against a wall.
The Wheat Sheaf Design: Consists of creating wheat sheaf by placing your pots in a certain manner. The design looks like a sheaf of wheat lying on its side. It is quite easy to create and requires very little maintenance.
The Containers Design: This vertical garden design can prove to be quite expensive, but if you have the money to spend, go for it! Just group your containers according to their size and position them in a unified manner. The plants in each container should be of the same variety.
The Cascading Design: A very popular vertical garden design, cascading is all the rage these days. It enhances the beauty of your home and is very easy to maintain.
The Concrete Design: This vertical garden design makes use of old drums, concrete sections and the likes to create a wall mural with greenery on it. It adds a very artistic look to your home.
The Screen Design: Makes use of fencing, netting and trellises to create a screen that will help in blocking the view of an unattractive area.
The Cylinder Design: Also known as the carousel garden design, this is a very unique one. You make use of recycled plastic bottles and connect them to each other with the help of netting. The plants are then placed in these bottles. This looks really spectacular when viewed from above.
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