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Home Living : May 1st 2012
MB HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5 VERTICAL GARDENS PLEASING AND PRACTICAL VERTICAL GARDENS CAN BECOME LIVING WORKS OF ART Janita Singh Vertical gardens are not only space savers but aesthetically pleasing and practical. WITH space increasingly becoming a luxury in modern living, gar- deners are looking at new ways to be creative. And one hot trend is looking straight up. Vertical gardens are not only space savers but aesthetically pleas- ing and practical. And they could become living works of art that transform your balcony or patio. ''Growing up can make drab, unattractive walls come alive with beauty and style,'' Bunnings' natio- nal garden decor buyer, Cameron Rae, said. ''It's a hot trend with Australians, especially among city dwellers who have little or no garden space to work with.'' Vertical gardening was also popu- lar with older gardeners. ''It allows you to work standing up, saving your back a lot of wear and tear as you don't have to stoop to work on your plants,'' Mr Rae said. One of the most exciting aspects of vertical gardening is that a very small amount of space can be used to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables. ''Many vertical systems are also portable and are able to be moved indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather,'' Mr Rae said. JUST LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WHEN you're putting together a framework for a vertical garden, anything goes. You can use a planter box or wire mesh box hanging from, or attached to, the wall, old wooden boxes, old gutters, hanging pocket shoe organisers and poles. Used bottles with the side cut and filled with soil are another fun option. Many garden centres also sell ready-made holders. Not just another plant in wall There is a huge range of plant species which adapt well to verti- cal gardens. Vines are attractive for foliage and flowers. Bunnings garden decor buyer Cameron Rae says wisteria and trumpet creeper are popular vines. ''Vines are also a perfect pick if you want to cover unattrac- tive features in your landscaping, such as utility boxes or old garden sheds,'' he said. ''If you're interested in growing climbing roses, buy an arbour or a trellis so they have a suitable place to grow. Think location, maintenance People like the idea of a vertical garden after seeing photos of large walls covered in green, but may be shocked to learn it requires reg- ular maintenance. Location is vital. Make sure you place the plants and other struc- tures where they won't shade out other plants.
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