21 Ideas to Inspire Your First Living Wall

living wall garden

With space to create a garden in our homes or workplaces becoming harder and harder to find, it is no wonder that living wall gardens are becoming more and more popular. If designed correctly, they can require very little maintenance, and not only liven up a room or area, but they also filter the air and help provide a healthier environment.

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Our Favorite Wall Garden Ideas

We have put together 21 different ideas in this article for you to take some inspiration from and help create your own living wall garden. Enjoy!

Bigger Is Not Always Better

As you can see from this living wall from Sortra, bigger is not necessarily better. Even smaller spaces can house a living wall that can look beautiful and provide a relaxing area for snacks and drinks, or just to kick back with a good book.

Ok, Big Can Be Good!

This huge living wall is designed to be a recreation of Van Gough’s  A Wheatfield, with Cypresses and is situated outside the London National Gallery. We know it is not likely you can reproduce this garden as it has over 8,000 plants in it – but it might inspire you to try to recreate some of your other favorite artworks!

Edible Wall Garden

Living wall gardens are not just for looks, they can be also used to grow useful plants. This living wall is in the Atlanta Botanical Garden and is full of edible herbs – great idea hey! Why not plant a vertical herb garden on your patio so fresh ingredients are just a few steps away whenever you need them.

Not Always Complicated

Living Wall gardens don’t need to be a lot of work, in fact they can be quite easy if you use something like this pocket garden! They are easily attached to almost any wall and can grow many different types of plants. They are even able to be used indoors.

Make Your Own Indoor Wall Garden

indoor living wall garden

Are you a fan of indoor gardens? Well this minimalist design might be exactly what you are after. Succulents are great plants for indoors and they also require very little upkeep. You can find full instructions on how to make your own indoor wall garden just like this over at http://blog.minwax.com.

Want to grow your own indoor garden? Try an Aerogarden!

Liven Up a Smaller Space

indoor rainforest garden
Source: Reddit

This wall garden reminds me a bit of walking through a rain forest on a misty day. What a great way to liven up an office space!

Breathtaking Indoor Wall Gardens

This vertical garden in the Taipei National Theater is nothing short of breathtaking. It almost looks like it should be a huge painting, instead it is a living, breathing organism and it looks amazing! Although I do wonder who is going to mow the lawns 😉

Faux Is In 😉

faux living wall

So maybe low maintenance isn’t good enough… maybe you want NO maintenance? Well why not consider a Faux living wall garden? These faux gardens can look great and maintain a natural feel in your home or office without the actual need to look after any plants. You can find directions on how to make this lovely piece here.

Easy DIY Pocket Planters

Easy DIY Pocket Planters
Source: Real Homes

You can transform any wall, indoors or out, into a beautiful vertical garden by using pocket planters. These come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials to fit the needs of any space. They aren’t difficult to use either. According to the Real Homes blog, you can use pocket planters to create a beautiful living wall garden in just 7 simple steps.

Preserved Moss Wall Decor

Preserved Moss Wall Decor
Source: Amazon

Love the idea of real plant art but not all the work a living wall takes to care for? Preserved moss wall art is the perfect compromise. By using real, preserved moss, you get the feel of living plants without having to water or maintain them. Create your own by gluing hobby moss into an old picture frame or buy a stunning piece of prepared moss art.

Build a Gutter Garden

Gutter gardens may not be the prettiest living wall garden, but they are super easy to create and don’t cost much (especially if you’ve just had your gutters replaced). Garden Lovers Club has a great DIY video for creating a gutter garden in 10 easy steps. But feel free to get creative–there are endless ways to hang and arrange gutters to make a vertical garden.

Modular Self-Watering Planters

Modular Self-Watering Planters
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We absolutely love these simple yet beautiful–and highly functional–hexagonal modular wall plant holders. Not only do they look like small pieces of art all by themselves, but you can plant a huge variety of plants inside them to create a unique look that’s all your own. Plus, these smart planters are self-watering for limited maintenance and added enjoyment.

Benarr Metallic Vertical Wall Garden

Benarr Metallic Vertical Wall Garden
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Living walls don’t have to be complicated to install. This simple three-tier design from Benarr is easy to hang and requires just four screws to install. Get creative and paint the galvanized troughs for a custom look or leave them as-is for a rustic farmhouse vibe.

DIY Cedar Vertical Garden

For a living wall outside on the patio or to line the garden, this DIY cedar vertical garden idea from Houseful of Homemade is a great way to go. It is gorgeous to look at on its own and gets even more beautiful as your plants fill out the space. Plus, it’s super simple to add a drip system to, so you don’t have to water it by hand.

Self Watering Indoor/Outdoor Wall Planter

Self Watering Indoor/Outdoor Wall Planter

Simple, modern, and self-watering, this sleek four-pot wall planter from Steady Home is easy to use and easier to hang. Use multiple modules to create a lush living wall or spread them out for a unique wall art exhibition. These hangers can be used inside or outside to decorate any space.

Living Wall Galvanized Steel/Zinc Succulent Planter

Living Wall Galvanized Steel/Zinc Succulent Planter

We just can’t get enough of this gorgeous living wall planter. The simple design includes twelve square slots set into a rustic galvanized steel frame. Arrange a variety of easy-care succulents inside for a custom piece of living wall art above your desk, dining table, or around the kitchen.

Textured Cascading Wall Garden

Textured Cascading Wall Garden
Source: Pinterest

A combination of pots of different depths and a variety of plants with various textures adds a ton of character and interest to this magical living wall. Among the plants used you’ll see papyrus, ferns, and even maple and evergreen trees. This is how you capture the feel of the wild!

Ortisgreen Hanging Wall Garden

Ortisgreen Hanging Wall Garden

Looking for a clean, elegant planter to hold your living wall garden? This option from Ortisgreen is understated but stylish. And most importantly, the simple white background won’t detract from the gorgeous greenery you put inside it.

Waterfall Wall

Waterfall Wall
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Looking to make a splash with your living wall? This tropical living wall panel combines the soothing sounds of a waterfall wall with the beauty and restorative effects of a living garden. The water collects in a shallow tank at the bottom–complete with fish–before being ushered back to the top by a hidden pump.

Wire Vertical Wall Planter

Wire Vertical Wall Planter

An easy option for outdoor living walls is this wire planter hanger from Garraí. The frame is easy to hang on the outside wall of your home, garden shed, or fence, and the planters can be arranged in various positions for a customized look. Plant flowers for a splash of color or creeping plants for a lush, authentic living wall look.

Vertibloom Living Wall System

Vertibloom Living Wall System
Source: Amazon

For a living wall that can be adjusted for every season or mood, you can’t beat this intelligent system from Vertibloom. The simple backing and variety of pot sizes and shapes allow you to customize your living wall to fit different plants and different styles. And, because the pots can be moved around at will, you can easily switch things up as plants grow or whenever the mood strikes.

About The Author

Aaron is the founder of and Essential Home and Garden. He likes to spend his spare time with his family, and doing DIY projects in the home and garden.

1 thought on “21 Ideas to Inspire Your First Living Wall”

  1. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
    To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. I truly love this post! Thanks for amazing ideas.

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