Vertical gardens grow up

It seems that you can order these Sage Living Walls as kits, plants and all. Plant unit pops out of the frame, and a cartridge inside retains the water. Strangely, a tropical version like this one doesn’t appear on their website.

While our poor blog lies fallow, I’m busily putting the finishing touches on a Dry Shade Gardening presentation to deliver on April 15, 2014 at the Beach Garden Society. In the meantime, have a look at these interesting vertical garden contraptions seen this year at Canada Blooms.

This isn’t meant to endorse, but to share info on things we find intriguing. Some are brand new on the market. But, if you’ve tried any of these, let us know what you think. We love to hear from readers!

Sorry, not the most flattering photo. However, the modular MiniGarden system does come in colours other than industrial grey, including an attractive terracotta and basic black. The website currently lists no local sources, but I was told that Sheridan might be one. The relatively large root zone and non-porous material will help prevent drying – a challenge for vertical gardens. A feature for balconies with load restrictions: these can be wall-mounted, indoors or out.
You can buy this all-cedar Gronomics system assembled or ready-to-assemble. An irrigation unit is available separately. All three of the above systems were on display in the new products area at Canada Blooms 2014.
These beautiful succulent frames were in a few locations, including Floral Dimensions – although the link to the succulent frames on their site is incomplete. (A little sleuthing suggests the designer might be Debra Toonk.) Yep, beautiful.


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