There is a broad range of plants available to clothe walls, and includes the following:
- Climbers and wall shrubs are the simplest way of adding interest to walls. There will be a climber to suit your wall, whether in sun or shade
- In green wall systems, a range of herbaceous perennials, grasses, herbs, fruit and vegetables can be planted
- Plants for summer interest (sold as annuals, patio plants or bedding perform well and are widely available as plugs in spring. Alternatively, grow plants from seed. Experimentation with different plants is also worthwhile
Vegetables and herbs
Tolerant of shade
Alpine strawberries, chard, chives, land cress, lambs lettuce, lettuce, parsley, rocket and strawberry ‘Mara des Bois’.
Strawberries: seed-raised everbearers (sometimes known as perpetual strawberries), such as ‘Aromel’, ‘Albion’ and ‘Mara des Bois’, oregano/marjoram, thyme and shade tolerant fruit and vegetables with adequate irrigation.
Summer interest for walls
Flowering bedding plants tolerant of shade
Begonias and busy lizzies.
Bedding plants grown for their foliage
Ipomoea ‘Sweet Caroline’
Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’
Plants for summer interest – sunny
Begonia ‘Million Kisses Series’, Bidens ferulifolia, busy lizzie, ivy-leaved pelargoniums, petunias and verbena.
The following plants will thrive in sun too, as long as there is a good supply of water.
Ajuga reptens, often hardy Begonia evansiana, Bergenia, Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’, Cornus canadensis, Epimedium, ferns, Fuchsia magellanica AGM, Heuchera ‘Key Lime Pie’, Heucherella, hostas, Lamium, Liriope, Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ AGM (creeping Jenny), Pachysandra terminalis and Tiarella.
Perennials for a sunny position
Erigeron karvinskianus AGM, Euphorbia, Festuca glauca, Helianthemum and sedums.