Make your Plants at Home in Unusual Containers

Hello all, this is going to be a full series this week. There are some really cool container designs out there, and we’re just going through and suggesting different kinds of plantings for them.

So, you’ve got big plans for your house or office plants, and you’re about to get containers to put them in. But there is a bewildering variety on the market, so how do you choose? Well, every container grower should start with the needs of the plant. The amount of light and shade the plant needs is going to dictate where you can put your pot, while the planting depth and water needs are going to dictate the kind of pot you need. Pot size is the only limiting factor when it comes to sun and shade, but container designs totally control the amount of water that the plants can get, so here are the best plants for some unusual containers.

Part 1: Wall Gardens

Wall planters drain fast and well. Their planting space is not deep, and gravity draws the water downward. With their unique use of space, you can easily find a wall that gets full sun all day long, or is mostly in shade to suit your plants, but you need to plant flora that prefers dry roots to wet roots.

In full sun, a wall planter is perfect for succulents. With the ease of succulent propagation, and the sheer number of varieties they come in, you can soon fill up even the largest wall planter with a veritable field of living art.

You can do so much with just a feww different succulent plants
Image from, a great source for vertical garden inspiration, indoors and out

If you have a set of kitchen herbs that you need to plant, a vertical garden is often the solution to their need for well drained soil and tons of sunlight. Rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage love good drainage, and the same kind of watering cycle. If it grows in Sicily, chances are a wall garden will be a good match for those plants.*

Rosemary and thyme are perfect for wall planters’s chalkboard wall gardens

*Basil is a little different. It likes wet feet, and almost the same conditions a tomato plant will grow in. I suggest planting them together in the same large self-watering planter.

If you can place the vertical wall garden in partial sun, then you’ve got a perfect space for trying plants that work as shaded ground cover and prefer drier conditions. A cool experiment might be trying to grow a small shrub like Japanese kerria, but ivys and hostias will like the good drainage provided by a vertical wall garden, so consider a vertical garden if you’ve got a lot of trailing vines, or dry-tolerant ground cover.

A trailing ivy that began in a vertical planter could grow up a bookcase in time
Ground covers can do really well in indoor settings

All right, tomorrow we have a discussion of Bowl Planters, but for now, we’d love to see what any of our readers might have done with their walls.

Look at those chives!
Mix ground cover and herbs for different effects

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