Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vertical Gardening

Images of walls of flowers and colorful plants are popular on the gardening boards on Pinterest. The ideas and projects range from simple ones with rows of shelves and containers mounted on a wall to more ambitious projects of coffee cups glued to a wall and filled with plants.

 window pane gardening

This fresh approach to gardening can help inspire your customers with new uses for plants. It's easy to take advantage of this trend with a few displays and a how-to class for customers at the garden center.

 Low growing plants with a mix of color and texture will help these projects be successful:

AEGOPODIUM Variegatum
AJUGA Chocolate Chip
ARABIS Spring Charm
ARTEMESIA schmidtiana
CAMPANULA Blue Clips and White Clips
DELOSPERMA cooperi and John Proffitt
DIANTHUS Arctic Fire, Firewitch, Firestar
GERANIUM Rozanne
HEDERA Yellow Ripple
IBERIS Little Gem
LYSIMACHIA Aurea
PACHYSANDRA terminalis
PHLOX creeping Blue, Pink, Red, White
POTENTILLA neumanniana
SAGINA aurea and subulata
SEDUM Aurea, Angelina, Kamtschaticum, Blue Spruce, Bronze Carpet, Tricolor
SEMPERVIVUM tectorum (Hens and Chicks)
THYMUS Coccineum and Elfin
VERONICA liwanensis
VINCA Ralph Shugert

groundcovers in quarts

Images of plants and vertical gardening ideas:
Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery

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