Trim lightly after flowering. To me the best displays of plants that grow on walls look as though they occurred naturally without any human intervention. It will be interesting to find out what will grow on walls in Nevada - do report back! A combination of plants spilling over edges or tumbling from crevices will break the monotony of stone by creating a palette of colours that changes with the seasons. Varieties such as "Concha" and "Skylark" lend themselves readily to growing in a small area, or can be trained on a framework. Dwarf genista (broom) is excellent for cascading over a stone wall – the pendulous branches of this low-growing shrub become covered with a mass of deep yellow flowers. Having plants winding their way up your outside walls can look very pretty but the actual damage some plant life does to your house exterior walls could make some people think twice in allowing the plant to grow in the first place. Because it's not practical to change the display of plants in your wall from season to season, it is good to choose plants with long flowering seasons, attractive foliage or which are evergreen so that you get a pleasing display for longer. Allowed to grow freely, some varieties can reach 20 feet tall. Prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate most soil conditions. Arabis (rock cress) is very easy to grow. Gentiana acaulis (trumpet gentian) bears graceful, arching stems with intense-blue trumpet-like flowers, over five centimetres long. True climbers take up little ground space, and are excellent choices for smaller gardens, whereas wall shrubs require more ground space. Toomuchmint thank you for voting. They grow well across a range of temperatures but they tend not to … I was quite surprised to see foxgloves which had seeded themselves in this dry stone wall around a field in Burnley, because they a quite heavy plants and could easily be rocked and dislodged by strong wind. Bell Flower: Campanula. If you are going to try growing foxgloves in a wall a west or east facing aspect is best as is planting them lower down the wall where they will be less affected by the wind. Better Yourself from North Carolina on June 16, 2013: Nice hub, enjoyed reading and great pics! Choose a few of these perennial beauties to dress your rock wall, and add a vertical dimension to your gardening. This is definitely something I'm looking into. Commonly called ‘Rock Cress’, Aubrieta is a traditional rock garden plant that is lovely spilling out of crevices, growing over rock walls or placed in stonewalls. Jill Spencer from United States on July 09, 2012: Really gorgeous. It originated in southern Europe, doesn't like getting too damp and as a garden escape has naturalised on walls around villages in the UK. G. septemfida is somewhat easier to grow, and has purple-blue flowers that bloom mid to late summer. They need little attention, give a reliable, colourful display and bring a sparkle to the nooks and crannies of an otherwise bare site. G. acaulis prefers an acidic, moisture-retentive soil. Every spring it develops masses of cheerful yellow flowers that look terrific tucked between rocks and boulders. I loved your hub a lot. The detailed descriptions and vibrant pictures were helpful in aiding my visualization...so many beautiful possibilities! Letitia, thank you so much for the link and for commenting. I'll ask at one our nurseries for wall growing plants because of the heat and wind here. A south-facing wall would suit sun-lovers such as thrift. Pages-By-Patty from Midwest on July 08, 2012: I, too, enjoyed the photos and your vast knowledge of plants and flowers. 2. We're having a window fitted in the cellar & I thought it would look nicer if we put a fern in a pot & maybe some wall climbing plants on the wall that is set into the garden. It carries smaller flowers or trumpets 2.5 centimetres long, variable in colour from bright to pale sky blue, and sometimes white. They have quite thick stems and strong roots, so avoid using them in a wall whose purpose is structural. Sumona Ireen from New York, US on September 17, 2014: Good hub. I think your birdbath or sculpture idea is really good - if you have a go you should definitely make a hub about it. Can be somewhat fickle to grow. Not that it’s relevant to the Arizona desert, but the plant can live in temps as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on July 08, 2012: Great hub and I love your wonderful photo's. As a general rule, plants which have a thick taproot are best avoided because these will grow thicker and may start to make the space it's growing in bigger and eventually weaken the wall. Plants will cloak a large area with pink or white flowers. Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on February 07, 2013: I love this! An espalier is a plant trained to grow on a flat, vertical surface. Once it has a firm root-hold, nothing will stop it. It ’ s... Helichrysum petiolare. This plant provides great drifts of white flowers that cascade over walls for a lovely effect. Plants That Grow Over a Rock Retaining Wall Flowering Vines. Have often wondered if it's possible to plant any - I've certainly got weeds growing in gaps in walls, so now I think I might follow your advice and sow some seeds. It grows wild in France and Germany and flowers from May to September. It has trailing stems and short stemmed flowers which don't get badly affected by the wind. Delighted to have been able to help Smokey3 and I'm very interested to hear that you have grown wild strawberries in a wall as that isn't something I have seen done. 8. Has a somewhat sprawling habit and may become quite invasive. There are pink, white and crimson varieties which all love growing in walls. If you wonder how they got in there, the answer is seed dispersal agents (wind, animals, birds etc). Thanks. Although free-standing stone or rock walls are a pleasure to behold, without the addition of plants to soften their hard edges, they can be rather stark and featureless. The plant will cascade over rocks and low stone walls in a rock garden to soften the setting. Dianthus deltoides makes an excellent crevice plant. They have very little growing medium, may be subjected to windier conditions and will get limited water and this will usually dry quickly, unless yours is a water-splashed wall near a waterfall or leaky gutter, for example. Free-flowering plants form large mats of blossoms that practically smother the plants from spring to early summer. Most have yellow or white flowers. If you want inspiration, a walk around your neighbourhood should provide some with a combination of self-sown wild plants and intentionally sown garden plants growing on walls in your vicinity. Shady, climbing plants: If you have a wall that is cooler and gets partial shade, you can try English ivy, Virginia creeper, chocolate vine, and climbing hydrangea. Pages by Patty - I think you're probably safest with Ivy on a house wall, but if you have any boundary walls you might have a go with some of the other plants. It does well in full sun and prefers poor soil—hence its suitability for growing in walls. ‘Doctor Mules’ is a bright, vivid purple, the four-petalled spring flowers showing up well against pale stone, and the whole plant is neater and less straggly than the unnamed types so often seen. Divide plants in early spring to take cuttings in mid or late spring. It is also east-facing with a hedge opposite, so rarely gets full strength sunshine. I've found our aloe vera will grow like an epiphytic plant -- and I might be able to entice some to take hold from between the volcanic rocks that we've used to make low drywall in various places around the ranch. or is there a better time of year to start ? Never thought about flowers growing out of walls. Invasive plants that will be easy to establish and grow enthusiastically all over the fence will need cutting back every year. If I have no success with the aloe, I'll just have to visit your hub from time to time to enjoy the photos again. Plants which tolerate dry, and often poor, conditions are ideal for growing in walls. I live in north west England. Campanula growing in a factory wall makes a stunning display. It blooms profusely with intensely fragrant pink flowers from spring to early summer. Popular plants are: clematis, roses, wisteria and … Tolerant of most soils. Great useful article. I think it would be really interesting to build a birdbath or sculpture out of stone and plant flowers in the crevices. Thank you so very much. As well as multi-storey planters and … Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 17, 2012: Interesting to know that dry stone walls are part of the heritage in parts of the US Aviannovice. Daphne blagayana is a beautiful evergreen species with shiny, dark-green foliage. The birch tree sapling -- I think that's the one which surprised me aside from the foxglove. Aurinia saxatilis (or Alyssum saxatile) provides a thick, glorious mat of bright-yellow flowers. I have a brick home with ivy growing on it and that's the extent of my green thumb! Forms a large mat of flowers in loose clusters, and may be too invasive for a small area. Propagate in autumn, or take cuttings in summer. Thanks a lot for putting your hard work on here, Joyce. Wall Purpose - If a wall is structural, e.g., part of a house, you probably ought to avoid growing plants in it, because if there is space for plants, there is space for damp to get in, and the structure may be deteriorating. A number of different sedums, as well as Sedum acre, are known as stonecrop. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on March 24, 2013: Hello Fulloflovesites - I'm glad you enjoyed it. This plant is a soft yellow, which makes it perfect as a plant that blooms in the spring. This allows the beauty of the stone to be enhanced, rather than obscured. Copyright © Canada Wide Media Limited. Try the ground-covering shrub, rose daphne (D. cneorum). Thanks for the post! Self-heal is a good choice for growing in a wall if you want a later-flowering plant. Propagate by seed or cuttings taken in spring or fall. Learned a few new plants I'm going to have to add to my yard/garden. I was looking for other plants and this site has given me some wonderful ideas for my other very bare stone walls that need beautifying.Pictures very needed and appreciated. Creeping Jenny: Lisimachia nummularia. This training style is decorative and makes good use of space, beautifying an otherwise blank wall. Take cuttings in summer. Easy to grow and tolerant of most soil conditions. May just have to build a wall in order to try it! Plants are low-growing, and form a thick mat. After flowering, cut all the old flowerheads and any straggly shoots. Crows and pigeons are good examples. Some plants, not all, have the ability to grow on buildings. Climbing plants and wall shrubs cover walls, fences, unsightly features, arches, obelisks and pergolas. Birch tree saplings growing in a wall - probably not what you want! These are all so pretty - and some are just plain growing on their own. TheCraftyPens from London, UK on July 08, 2012: Wow Wow Wow!!! USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 8 A dry stone wall is the ideal site for drought-resistant plants. Voted up and up! Freelancer Jutta Boras divides her time between writing about flowers and growing them in her garden on the Sechelt peninsula. Grows 1.8 to three metres tall. 7. I prefer the ordinary one as the green leaves and yellow flowers together look nice and fresh growing on a wall. I guess they've been replanted on the ground, as it should be. Trailing edibles are ideal for walls – go for plants like squashes, and tomatoes, which can be grown down in the vertical space. Nieva Airra Sulit from Philippines on June 08, 2019: Great and helpful article esp. marion langley from The Study on July 02, 2013: Thank-you for going through specific species and wall combinations! It flowers from June to as late as November. It readily grows in nutrient-poor soil as long as it has good drainage. You may need to establish it by buying an adult plant and leaving the soil undisturbed around it allow it to produce spores which will grow into tiny plants that you get then transfer into planting gaps in your wall. Many people think of boxwood as a deep green plant, but there are also beautiful white variegated and gold varieties. Plants growing on a wall are effectively living on a cliff face. Thank you for reading and your comments. Although it is only a short-lived perennial it seeds freely and will keep the wall covered without further intervention from you once it has established. Either pop a seed into a marble-sized ball of moist compost and press that into a gap in the wall or sow some seeds thinly in to a seed tray and, rather then pricking them out to grow on in pots, prick them out with a bit of compost attached and slot them gently into the planting gap in your wall. Dracaena (Dracaena sp.) 21 of 24. Silver Falls has long trailing stems with tiny leaves of the most iridescent silver. All Rights Reserved. I wonder about whether the roots will start appearing on the inside of the factory! Been looking for pics of others that have tried this but cant see any? Wall Attitude - Which way does the wall face? Very fine flowers in white, pale pink or lilac that grow to a height of 15 to 20 centimetres. The plant will drop from the wall at some point because the roots need more time to grow into the wall. Thrives in full sun or partial shade. Making Plants Grow on Walls. 6. Aubrietas are ideal creeping over a low wall, or growing in its crevices, but many are rather pale and thin in their colouring. Plants can be divided in spring or autumn. Plants with a trailing habit, such as ivy leaved toadflax, are designed for cascading down rock faces or scree slopes and can thrive in a wall. Dark-green foliage. Thank you. Riviera Rose from South of France on February 15, 2013: This was such an interesting hub - where I live there are plenty of old stone walls and I love seeing plants which have (I imagine) self-seeded there. Easy to grow and dependable, it provides a stunning visual effect. Blooms spring to early summer. Voted up and useful (and linked). Plants growing on cliff faces and in rocky crevices will usually be at home growing out of gaps in a domestic wall. Others, like honeysuckle, twine their stems around hand holds. I guess others were planted there for the effect? Take cuttings in spring. A downside of these is that the can look quite tatty when the first flush of flowers starts to die away or if there is a spell of heavy wind and rain. Plant in sun or part shade. It's not at all thuggish though, so no need to feel hesitant about using it in your wall. Blooms in late spring and early summer. Its a moist area with little sun. I think it's a bit heavy looking to work well higher up a wall, but planted below knee height, it can be effective. I hope you have success if you do decide to plant some seedlings in your walls. Other climbing plants could also be used this way. Blooms in late... 2. You’ll know you’ve hit the right combination when passersby stop to take a second look, then make a mad dash for their camera! Few flowers can match the brilliant blue of the gentians. In the garden I think of them as ground covers, while the container world calls them spillers. Eugene Brennan from Ireland on July 21, 2012: This is very interesting Nettlemere. There is a mass of beautiful plants which will thrive in a dry stone wall. Plants which naturally grow cliff faces such as sea thrift are likely to tolerate growing in a wall and succulents such as stonecrop, which don't need much water, can work well. I don't remember seeing the others, but I'll keep an eye out for them now. Invasive and need control by removal but enjoyed by birds. The fairy foxglove is also known as summer starwort. Although it’s possible to grow plants in a freestanding wall, retaining walls are better suited for plantings because the earth behind a retaining wall supplies moisture to … As a fern, maidenhair spleenwort spreads by means of spores rather than seeds. Plant 20 to 30 centimetres apart, in full or part sun. Like other Dianthus, has a clove-like fragrance. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on February 17, 2013: Gail, thank you for the link and vote of confidence! Get clear on whether you need a plant that provides full coverage all year round as some will become bare during winter, and always consider where your fence or wall is located in terms of exposure to sunlight. It will grow quite happily in limestone walls or where there has been a limestone mortar used. I always worried that walls would receive bad effects(like destruction), if anything were growing there. Here, our arid central Arizona conditions make it unsuitable for such pretty plantings ... but you've given me some ideas. LensMan999 from Trans-Neptunian region on June 19, 2013: Good ideas on growing plants on walls. Grows 15 to 30 centimetres in height. FullOfLoveSites from United States on March 18, 2013: Interesting and lovely! istockphoto.com Best Plants for the Shower Once the plants are established, a rock-wall garden requires little maintenance other than trimming flowers past their prime, or keeping overly exuberant plants contained. The flowers form globular balls that grow to a height of 15 to 20 centimetres and look great massed on rock outcroppings. Their shallow, … Spilling over the top of the wall is brighter green ornamental grass and, behind that on top, a low growing hedge of English Boxwood ( Buxus microphylla) which encloses a traditional lawn. Provide well-drained soil in full sun. You’ll have to put in a support to allow these to climb. I think the foxgloves would only do well in a shaded or damp wall, because they're thirstier than the average wall grower. Wall Material - If the wall is made from limestone or has a lime mortar, then it will be alkaline, so unsuitable for acid loving plants such as the lady fern, Athyrium filix-femina. Some climbing plants are known for being aggressive towards other plants, so always check the nature of the climber. The other method is to plant well-grown plants on top of the wall or in pots right next to the wall and hope they spread or seed themselves into the wall. All three are flowering at the moment. They also like a semi-shaded spot and quite a lot of water. Prefers a well-drained, alkaline soil. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 18, 2012: rbm - thank you for commenting - I was surprised too when I saw foxgloves growing in walls when I moved to Lancashire. 1. 9. It is part of the figwort family which includes snapdragons (Antirrhinum). Plants That Grow on Walls. Vigorous, low-growing golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia “Aurea”) spills from containers and over garden walls like tiny golden coins tumbling from a pirate’s hoard. Has silvery-grey foliage. Visually the leaves are slightly reminiscent of ivy, but it is no relative of that plant. I love this hub, it gives me a lot of great ideas now, very inspiring! I hope you have lots of success if you have a go at planting up a wall. I consider us lucky to just have some lichens on some of those rocks! Native to Southern Europe, Ivy leaved toadflax has naturalised in the UK and easily colonises walls. Some good ideas I have a small broken wall and want to try and hide it with plants,thanks. As some of the pictures below show, nature often is the best gardener when it comes to colonising a wall with plants. It is a naturally low growing plant whose leaves will flatten themselves against a wall rendering it virtually immune to wind damage. Though not a flowering plant, maidenhair spleenwort looks attractive growing in walls. Arabis caucasica is a perennial which grows to 9 inches high and spreads to about 24 inches. You'll be surprised to hear that the birch trees are still three growing in the wall of the factory. Use for draping over rock walls, in borders, or as ground cover. It does best in partial and full sun, and require moderate watering. Aubrieta ‘Doctor Mules’. Provide a well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Plant in full sun. Alpine plants, which often dislike wet conditions and are adapted to growing in poor soils, are another option as are many wild flowers, such as Welsh poppy, which thrive in poorer soils. It is native of the UK and can be found growing amongst the limestone of Lancashire and Yorkshire. In desert climates Korean Boxwood is a better choice. Height is 15 to 23 centimetres. Yellow corydalis looks very attractive growing in a wall and will flower between May and November. Trailing plants can be a real bonus for the gardener. Aurinia saxatilis (or Alyssum saxatile) provides a thick, glorious mat of bright-yellow flowers. The stonework in this country uses mortar. 5. With tiny five-petal flowers in yellow, peach, or white, this vine will grow into a jumble and find its way through, over, and under the other plants in your container, quickly filling any empty spaces. You might find that a palette knife helps you slide them in. I love the white flowers and the lavender colored one at the top. It isn't a particularly showy flower and the violet/blue flowers don't stand out very well against a natural grey stone wall, but it could look more effective against a white painted wall. Looks great planted with Aubrieta as both flower at similar times and make an excellent showing together. Climbing vines for hot, dry gardens: In a desert climate, try bougainvillea, yellow butterfly vine, lilac vine, or Queen’s wreath. There are red, white and pink varieties of red valerian. There are a variety of plants suitable for this situation but the three plants I have trailing over my dry stone wall are Arabis, Aubrieta and Saponaria. 10. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 10, 2012: Hi Joyce, One plant which might work in Nevada walls is the Hottentot fig Carpobrotus edulis - it's native to South Africa and I've seen it growing over rocks by the shore in Jersey UK so it's tough enough to survive wind and sun. Hardy. 3. This plant spreads quickly and needs to be contained. Easily propagated from cuttings, or grown from seed. Great hub! Flowers in spring and early summer with clusters of pure white flowers. It is safest to choose varieties which prefer, or at least tolerate, dry conditions. Whilst it doesn't have the longest flowering season, it does produce abundant flowers which are a very cheering sight. Very interesting indeed! It originates from the mountains of Europe and though not native to the UK has escaped from gardens and naturalised. A very popular plant for walls and rockeries, colours range from pale lavender to pink to violet-blue. G. verna (alpine gentian) flowers later in the season. Creeping Jenny doesn't so much creep as run. It is easy to grow; the plant is resistant to drought conditions, and it can thrive in soil that holds very little nutrients. Provide full sun or partial shade. Something also to consider is dealing with the cuttings of an enthusiastically growing plant. What time of year can I start planting the seeds into the wall? Red valerian has naturalised in the UK, but is none the less popular as an easy garden plant for a dry situation. Height ranges from eight to 15 centimetres. Valerian grows everywhere in my garden and although I don't have any walls to grow it in, aubretia has spread into cracks in the pavement and into old tree stumps. Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’. The flowers you've shown are so pretty. The leaves are evergreen. North-facing walls may be more suitable for ferns such as the magnificently named maidenhair spleenwort. You can get a yellow leaved variety "Aurea" which is less vigorous. For autumn colour, the intense blue G. sino-ornata blooms in early to mid autumn. These plants can also be grown successfully from seed. I want to start growing some plants in my wall from seedlings, can I do this now (June) ? Are dry stone walls something you get in America? Dracaenas are popular plants for the home and a majority of them grow upright with strap-like leaves. It is a perennial which trails gracefully. The leaves are often bicolored, variegated with whites, creams, yellows and reds. Low-growing with semi-evergreen foliage that bears single blossoms in pink, red and pure white. 4. Is this quite common in your area? I had no idea that even Foxglove can grow in walls, pretty amazing. I am not a very good gardener buy have moved a lot of fruit trees and bushes into an area I call 'my Coppice' and have planted wild strawberries in the lime mortar stone wall. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 21, 2012: Hello eugbug, I bet your aubretia looks lovely - so far it seems to find my garden a bit too damp. Provide a well-drained, alkaline soil in full sun. Blooms in late spring and early summer. After the plant has finished blooming, trim back to keep the plant compact. Verbena (Verbena peruviana) Even if you manage to squish a well-grown plant in place, it will be prone to falling out of the wall from not having had a chance to get its roots into all the crevices. Thank you for visiting! Use for edging or rock walls. :). Foxglove. Nature is also the place to look to for inspiration when choosing plants to grow on a wall. Will cover a large area. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 11, 2012: Aviannovice - this is really common in my area partly because we have a lot of dry stone walls which have lots of planting crevices. Here’s a selection of the best climbing plants. Cerastium tomentosum (snow-in-summer or snow-on-the-mountain) is a great plant for spilling from crevices in walls. Now if you’re trying to dress up a blank wall with plants, you don’t just de-pot a plant in the wall and expect the roots to hang on. Thank you for reading and voting Dirt Farmer - I think the hard labour of wall building could just be worth it! 'Leichtlinii' forms a low cushion of leaves that is, throughout the summer months, smothered by wonderful … Love the photos, and always wondered how plants grew into walls...very nice writeup! A plant for a dry stone wall, rather then a mortared wall with small gaps. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 11, 2012: Such beautiful plants and flowers. This can be a bit hit or miss! Will plants that grow in/on walls grow on my cellar wall under the grill? I usually collect the seeds from foxgloves and sprinkle them in the spring , however I didn't realize they grow well in walls. You are quite lucky to spot many of those plants growing out in walls. LetitiaFT from Paris via California on July 13, 2012: I simply love the look of campanula and maidenhair spleenwort in particular growing in dry stone walls. It flowers from April to August. Fairy Foxglove: Erinus alpinus. Blooms spring to early summer. A dry stone wall gives you the most options for planting; these naturally have a host of gaps between stones, which can make great planting pockets and their open construction allows for thicker stemmed plants such as valerian or foxglove. Voted up and interesting. 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