The use of drywall for a walled garden has the potential to improve not only its durability but also its aesthetic appeal. Simply planting flowers, herbs, or ground cover in the soil among the crevices of the structure can give it the appearance of being ancient and covered in moss. However, you can achieve a greater degree of color by planting any one of numerous flowering plants, the strong roots of which will serve the additional duty of holding the wall together. Typical plants that can be used to good effect include flowering types like azaleas, alyssum, evergreen candytuft, heather, phlox, garden pinks, sedum, snowy rock cress, and creeping veronicas; spreading plants like lavender, moss, phlox, and hardy verbena; small rosettes and little tufts that require sunlight and room for their roots like sempervivum, dwarf iris, dwarf pink A bank or rock wall can remain green throughout the winter if it is planted with sempervivums, azaleas, prostrate junipers, and dwarf azaleas.
Decorating the garden wall can be a challenge. You can choose from faux materials like fiberglass, copper or brass wall decor, and a wide assortment of terracotta decorative items, including plaques. Many bird feeders or bird houses are suitable for wall mounting. Our personal favorite, however, is garden wall fountains. This is especially suitable for smaller yards, where a large stand-alone fountain just won’t work. Most modern garden wall fountains are self-contained, that is, they require no special plumbing. Water simply recirculates from the basin, up through the back of the fountain, and cascades down the decorative facade, back into the basin. The pump is normally the same class fountain pump as an aquarium pump. Two things to look for in the pump are speed and noise. Choose fountains whose pumps are variable speed and quiet. You want to hear the water, not the vibration of a low-quality pump. Garden wall fountains can be made from many materials, but the most popular are made from fiberglass, cast stone, or copper.
In summary, your garden wall is an extension of your own garden. Populate it with growth and decor that matches your own landscape plan and personality. And remember, the only “rules” are the rules you set!
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