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The Living Wall Garden

Beauty may be the only reason you need to justify building a vertical garden like the one shown here. But if you need another piece of validation, it’s space. Has your love of gardening grown faster than your available outdoor square footage? Then stacking your plantings one-above-the-other can give you the variety you crave.

Keep in mind that letting your plants become upwardly mobile has its share of cons as well - most of all, maintenance. Although you won’t have to stress your knees to bend down and pick veggies, you will need to spend some time and money building a support structure for your plants, installing some kind of containers to hold the soil, and protecting the wall behind them when watering.

You can bypass the technicalities by having a professional design a living wall with your input, or go the low-pressure route of experimenting with a trellis or fence. Whether you choose colorful, blooming plants, or fruit and vegetable vines, a green thumb and an eye for design can make a living wall a showstopper.

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