Four Tips for Outdoor Vertical Gardens to Enhance Your Derry, PA, Landscaping

Maximize your backyard capacity with vertical gardens, a simple but glorious addition to your Derry, PA home and landscaping. Before slowly gaining in popularity, outdoor vertical gardens required tall walls, expensive plants and high-end irrigation upkeep. Today, your vertical garden can be planted anywhere in your landscape, turning entrance walls, gates and pergolas into areas that will add a fresh look to your home.

Find the Right Placement

Four Tips for Outdoor Vertical Gardens to Enhance Your Derry, PA, Landscaping  

From stand-alone walls to empty terraces, a vertical garden can be located anywhere. As long as you have an upright area that needs some touching up,  you can place groups of vines, edibles, annuals, or perennials in multiple spots. The four key things that determine the placement of your vertical garden are the types of plants, sun and wind exposure, and a stable structure. If your yard has an old brick wall that needs remodeling or a massive stone retaining wall, consider adding red roses or vines and turn it into an instant focal point. The structure should be strong enough to support the growth of the plants. There should also be accessibility for pruning, watering, fertilizing and other maintenance tasks.


Best Plants

Jazzing up a bland backyard area requires more than putting together a variety of beautiful plants. Vines and creepers tend to create more shade and privacy, but can also take over the vertical structure as they mature. Each plant reaches a different height at a different rate of growth and has distinctive growth habit. The choice of plants should be balanced. Mixing and positioning aggressive growers with slower growing plants should be carefully thought out. Over time, vigorous plants will shade the slower growing plants. As a member of the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association (PLNA), our team at Hummel’s Landscape Inc. stays active in this field. We are here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of selecting the best foliage for your vertical garden. Our personalized approach includes consideration for your preferences, combined with our recommendations on plants, placement, and sun and wind exposure based on the state of your landscape.

Sun and Wind Exposure

Before placing a living wall, it is important to understand which direction it will face. The positioning helps to determine the amount of sun and wind that particular spot gets. If your vertical garden will be planted on your balcony where it will receive a lot of wind, some parts may have to be anchored closely to the structure. If the plants of your choice thrive under partial shade, an area that has “half-exposure” instead of full sun or full shade will be required.


Leave Irrigation to the Pros

Vertical gardens require more watering than regular plant beds because they have less soil and are more compact. Watering a vertical garden is tricky, especially when the living wall starts to expand. Depending on the needs of your living wall, you will need a well-planned irrigation system that will support your growing plants and provide an even distribution of water. Our expert team at Hummel’s Landscape Inc. can design a proper, sophisticated system that will keep your vertical garden adequately hydrated, and most importantly, eliminate the need for frequent maintenance.