How to Make a Living Feature Wall

We are excited to bring another guest post to the blog, just in time for Spring. This month’s post is written by Lucy Crawford from Lawn Starter.

How To Make A Living Feature Wall

There are lots of things you can hang on your wall to spruce up your apartment – framed artwork, family photographs, stylish clocks, for example. However, have you ever considered a living feature wall? Plants can help breathe new life into your residence and will freshen up a room in both a literal and figurative sense.

It’s easy to make a living feature wall when you consider these general tips.

  1. Use recyclable materials

    Lynn cafe [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

    You don’t need to have a high budget to create a stylish living feature wall. All you need to do is find treasures where others have found trash. A pallet, for example, is a perfect option for a vertical garden, particularly if you have lots of space or intend to place your living wall outdoors where it will have room to sprawl.Using a pallet, or other recycled materials like mason jars or recycled bottles, you can create a moveable living feature wall that embraces the earthy while also allowing you to grow a ready supply of herbs, vegetables, succulents, or other ornamental plants.
  2. Get creative

    By Lamiot [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

    Don’t think your living feature wall has to be solely about plants. While greenery should, of course, be the starting point, you can add other unique options to make this wall something that is indeed your own. For example, you can choose an oversized clock to create a central focal point around which to hang your plants. Another idea is to decorate the room with coordinating colors so that your plants match perfectly.
  3. Consider a kit
    If recycling old materials and coming up with your own unique living feature wall isn’t something you’re interested in doing, you might consider a ready-made DIY living feature wall kit. These kits come in multiple sizes and can be mounted on a wall or left as a free-standing unit. Mounting an easy to use wall kit will allow you to bring a bit of color and greenery to any room in the house.If you want to embrace the environment but don’t have the time to commit to building your recycled living wall, you can alternatively purchase kits that are made out of recycled materials. For example, the Woolly Pocket’s Wally gardening system is made out of recycled plastic bottles and can hang on any wall in the home or even an outdoor space.
  4.  Construct your wall
    Once you’ve nailed the design aspects, you need to figure out the logistics. First, choose the place where you intend to hang your living wall; this is less important if you are designing a portable unit. Line the inside of your existing feature wall, whether it’s a pallet, frame, or some other type of container, with black landscape liner.Using black landscape liner will help the unit hold water and will also provide a consistently moist environment. Seal the back with hardy adhesive to prevent dirt and water leakage. Be sure to test it before you plant! If you’re installing a permanent living wall, you should attach it before proceeding to plant.
  5. Get ready to plant

    After adding nutrient-dense soil, you’re ready to plant. You can choose succulents like Hens-and-Chicks or aloe to create a low-maintenance, mosaic-looking wall. For a more relaxed, bohemian-vibe, you can select intertwining vines like English Ivy or spider plants.Whichever you choose, remember that you can insert started plants, or grow them from seeds. What’s important to remember is that you add plants that are easy to take care of within your hectic schedule, as well as those that call to mind your local natural environment. Consider a local hike to get an idea of what the native plants might be. Your goal here should be to bring the natural inside – not to create an extra chore for yourself.
  6. Tend to your plants
    There’s not much you need to do to manage a living feature wall, but it’s essential that you stay on top of several tasks. For example, you should provide adequate circulation so that you fully receive the benefits of the pure, clean air supplied by houseplants. Add a box fan to the room your wall is in to enhance this effect.
    You also need to make sure you have plenty of light. Adequate lighting can be a challenge at certain points throughout the year, so consider adding a simple floor lamp to help your plants through the darker times of the year. Finally, be sure to water and fertilize regularly, depending, of course, on the types of plants you have chosen to grow.

    Lucy Crawford is a home design and DIY writer, and lover of herbal tea.  With her busy hands, she is always challenging herself with a new DIY project. She enjoys designing spaces where she can relax and enjoy a good book.

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