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  1. dan2101

    dan2101 Well-Known Member

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    image.jpeg Hey guys.

    I have a 2 metre high concrete wall I need covered in greenery by roughly September/October for a house sale. The plants will be planted up high on the wall and will need to grow downward (due to no room to plant on the ground). Doesn't matter if they actually cling to the wall or just 'waterfall' down out of the pots.

    The area is pretty much in complete shade. Any suggestions? As you can see from the pic the wall is outside the kitchen window and ugly as!

    Thanks!
     
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    Are you built on the side of a volcano?
     
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    Hahaha nah mate just on the side of a cliff! The neighbours land was crumbling up above us so we had to shotcrete the wall. Nice isn't it!
     
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    Get yourself some of those skygarden baskets/vertical gardens which are all the rage - it will retain soil, allow for creeping plants to grow (just won't be sitting on the face of a building but side of the vulcano).
     
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    I believe curtains have been invented.

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    You do realise curtains are flammable don't you pinkyboy? Do we need a fire science lesson?
     
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    Ferns would work really well.
    Something like this would be a big wow.
     

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    Only thing with shutters is if they're closed no light will get in and it will feel enclosed and if they're open you will still see the ****ty wall.

    Yeah right which state are you trying to get in? I'm a firey in NSW.
     
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    Vtt that's the kind of look we are after! They're not actually ferns though are they? Any idea what they are? Problem is there is no room to plant at ground level cos that's the only access around the side of the house.
     
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    QFES

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  11. vtt

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    Yes they are mostly ferns. There are maidenhair ferns and stag horn ferns as well as bromeliads (the purplish ones) which are great for low light.

    Can you build a frame and then put some ferns in planters at different heights?
     
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    I wouldn't recommend vines unless your 1billion percent confident its not going to penetrate and destroy your ****crete!
    In laws have a 200k repair bill for a retaining wall destroyed by a vine (and age). It penetrated the mortar joints and cracked the bessa blocks. Different circumstances but not worth the risk.

    Look at timber, batten it and use decking timber. Then hang plants or shelves for pots etc etc
     
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    Put up a framed picture of a concrete wall. To sweeten the deal, throw it in with the house.
     
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    Vtt I can't really build any sort or timber structure as a result of limited space and any pots would have to be positioned up quite high as there is basically only a shoulder width gap around the back of the house (which you can see in pic) for you to walk through.

    Great advice bob might steer clear of the vines then.

    Thanks Westminster will look into those today to see if they look any good.
     
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    Or brick pattern curtains.
     
  17. vtt

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    Hmmm ok nowhere to build a structure to hold a vertical garden and an area in complete shade with a narrow space. That's a tricky one.

    You could perhaps do a high planter and fill it with a plant called String of Pearls but it requires a sunny spot. It does give a beautiful effect though.

    Another option is to perhaps hang several moss covered kokodema with ferns in them. You could do different heights and different plants.

    Is the area between the window and wall an access area? You can't build even a temporary or portable structure?
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    Thanks Vtt. Yeah the area between the wall is a narrow access path so can't have any sort of structure below 2m.

    I was thinking high plantar boxes at about 2m above ground level screwed to the wall. Just need something that grows in shade and will cascade down out of the pot?
     
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    Liquid nails and astro turf

    What about pig face. Hardy bugger
     
  20. vtt

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    Ok so you've got no space and no light. As others have said you don't want a creeper that is going to put suckers into the concrete wall so basically you're out of options.

    My best suggestion for you now is to go artificial plants. Get your 2m high planter box and fill it with artificial cascading plants, the real ones won't grow in full shade. This will be more expensive but if you want planting then either you go a green wall which will take up space or artificial plants.

    You can get amazing artificial plants nowadays and you can't even tell the difference between them and the real thing. They're also really low maintenance :)