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Living features are a hot trend in the gardening world right now, and not just because they make pretty
What is a living garden feature?
At its most basic level, a living feature is a
Living walls and vertical gardens
Give a whole new meaning to the term wallflower! Living walls and vertical gardens are the most common examples of living garden features. A quick and easy living wall can be created by securing a frame to a vertical surface and sitting planters into it. Perfect for cramped yards that lack the space for planters and boxes on the ground, a simple living wall gives you the option of introducing a bright
Go wild with your plant choices to
For a chic, low maintenance arty feel, succulents planted into geometric frames look spectacular attached to vertical surfaces. Moss can also be framed for a lovely textured splash of
For larger-scale projects like this, you will need a frame to cover the expanse of the surface you want to fill. Pre-assembled kits can be purchased for straightforward installation, although it is possible to fashion your own from pallets or other reclaimed wood and plastic. The beauty of these focal points is that you can fill them with fruit and veg plants as well as foliage-bearing vegetation, giving a rural feel to the most urban spaces. It’s like having your own little secret garden!
Frame it Any object with a natural frame is a perfect candidate for
However, statement pieces aren’t just limited to wooden structures. Neglected chairs, bicycles, bed frames and tables make superb climbing frames for those lush fragrant climbers such as honeysuckle and clematis. For a quirky, unusual twist, old mannequins can be upcycled into spectacular showstoppers, perfect for all the horticultural fashionistas out there!
Start small by fashioning basic cones and shapes before you graduate onto more complicated projects. Cane and wire can be used to construct a basic cutting guide so that you don’t trim too much away. The best topiary plants for beginners are quick growers such as leylandii, privet
The key to crafting eye-catching living features is experimentation. Climbers and trailers can be trained along almost any surface provided they have a support to grip, and succulents are hardy species that will grow anywhere with little maintenance. Living features can be as simple or elaborate as you like, depending on the amount of time available to dedicate to them. What a great way of breathing some new life into your outdoor space!
About The Author
Clive Harris is a garden blogger from Essex. If he’s not outside creating some ingenious DIY solution for his garden, he’s inside writing about it.
You can read some of his other articles at DIY Garden or download his free guide titled ’77 creative DIY projects to transform your garden’.