I have a large, bare wall in my kitchen that has been waiting for the perfect accessory. I wanted something that would make a great impact and bring something unexpected to the room. I considered everything from hanging a large chalkboard, to finding a beautiful piece of art. Ultimately, I decided to go with a vertical garden. I get nice, indirect sunlight in my kitchen which is suitable for many indoor plants. Plus, nothing brings a wall to life (literally!) like plants do.
Given the reality of my busy work/family schedule and the approaching conditions of the fall and winter, I chose the plants carefully. They had to be able to withstand my neglect and the upcoming arid and lower-light conditions and still look good. So, I selected the trusty Golden Pothos to create the border, and then filled the green sections of the wall with Ball Moss and Schefflera. To inject some color, I dedicated some modules to seasonal ornamental chilis and purple mums. Around Christmas, I will likely be replacing these with baby Pointsettia or Christmas Cactus.
Before assembling, I planted all the modules. I put in about an inch of Perlite at the bottom to help with drainage. Next, I filled the modules in with container mix and then planted the 4″ plants and gave it all a good watering.
Assembling My Greenwall
I assembled the Minigarden layer-by-layer going upwards. Halfway up, I fastened the Minigarden to the wall using a screw and wall anchor. The screw is threaded through the back clip and then into the wall anchor, much like anchoring a bookcase. I also secured the top modules to the wall in the same way. In total, the planting and assembly of this wall took about ninety minutes, thanks to the system’s easy-to-assemble design.
Most importantly, I am looking forward to seeing thriving plants in my home throughout the coming days of fall and winter.
Enjoy the picture and happy autumn everyone!