Invasive plants that will be easy to establish and grow enthusiastically all over the fence will need cutting back every year. Because the planting spaces in a wall tend to be small, it doesn't work trying to push well-established plants into them. Plant in sun or partial shade. It's quite an exposed site right on the coast. Plants That Grow on Walls. Plants That Grow Over a Rock Retaining Wall Flowering Vines. Whilst it doesn't have the longest flowering season, it does produce abundant flowers which are a very cheering sight. If the space is shallow, try alpine plants – they are naturally found in rocky spots and will grow well in poor or shallow … 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 is a perennial which trails gracefully. Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on July 28, 2012: This is fascinating! LensMan999 from Trans-Neptunian region on June 19, 2013: Good ideas on growing plants on walls. It originates from the mountains of Europe and though not native to the UK has escaped from gardens and naturalised. Thank you for reading and voting Dirt Farmer - I think the hard labour of wall building could just be worth it! Cloudy Cool, thank you for reading I'm glad you enjoyed it. 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. 3. 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. Is this quite common in your area? Aubrieta ‘Doctor Mules’. 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. It is a naturally low growing plant whose leaves will flatten themselves against a wall rendering it virtually immune to wind damage. I consider us lucky to just have some lichens on some of those rocks! Plants can be divided in spring or autumn. Others, like honeysuckle, twine their stems around hand holds. It carries smaller flowers or trumpets 2.5 centimetres long, variable in colour from bright to pale sky blue, and sometimes white. It does best in partial and full sun, and require moderate watering. 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. Propagate in autumn, or take cuttings in summer. Plants with single stems, such as foxgloves, are best avoided in windy positions because these snap off more easily. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 09, 2012: Thank you writer20 - you must have about the opposite conditions I would think to here in Lancashire. Severe pruning may prevent the next season’s blooms. Learned a few new plants I'm going to have to add to my yard/garden. May just have to build a wall in order to try it! Free-flowering plants form large mats of blossoms that practically smother the plants from spring to early summer. 10 Top Perennials for Garden Walls 1. I love the sight of a wall covered in flowers, especially if they are actually growing out of the wall as opposed to being a climber growing against a wall or part of a "living wall" setup such as the woolly pocket system. Blooms spring to early summer. Crows and pigeons are good examples. 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. It has trailing stems and short stemmed flowers which don't get badly affected by the wind. You'll be surprised to hear that the birch trees are still three growing in the wall of the factory. It is easy to grow; the plant is resistant to drought conditions, and it can thrive in soil that holds very little nutrients. 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. Some good ideas I have a small broken wall and want to try and hide it with plants,thanks. In the garden I think of them as ground covers, while the container world calls them spillers. Climbing plants and wall shrubs cover walls, fences, unsightly features, arches, obelisks and pergolas. An espalier is a plant trained to grow on a flat, vertical surface. 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. The birch tree sapling -- I think that's the one which surprised me aside from the foxglove. Its a moist area with little sun. Letitia, thank you so much for the link and for commenting. A very popular plant for walls and rockeries, colours range from pale lavender to pink to violet-blue. The detailed descriptions and vibrant pictures were helpful in aiding my visualization...so many beautiful possibilities! When mature will provide great cascades of colour. Thanks for the post! I think it would be really interesting to build a birdbath or sculpture out of stone and plant flowers in the crevices. Provide full sun or partial shade. This is definitely something I'm looking into. Plant in well-drained, alkaline soil. Silver Falls has long trailing stems with tiny leaves of the most iridescent silver. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on March 24, 2013: Hello Fulloflovesites - I'm glad you enjoyed it. Not that it’s relevant to the Arizona desert, but the plant can live in temps as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Hope you spot lots more interesting plants growing in walls. It readily grows in nutrient-poor soil as long as it has good drainage. Since it prefers poor soil without much competition from other plants, it hasn't become problem. I really don't know about all those.............thanks for sharing. :). 5. 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. Never thought about flowers growing out of walls. A dry stone wall is the ideal site for drought-resistant plants. Low-growing with semi-evergreen foliage that bears single blossoms in pink, red and pure white. 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. Following are 10 of my favourite plants for dressing up a rock or stone wall. It will be interesting to find out what will grow on walls in Nevada - do report back! Prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate most soil conditions. It is also east-facing with a hedge opposite, so rarely gets full strength sunshine. Flowers in spring and early summer with clusters of pure white flowers. Cerastium tomentosum (snow-in-summer or snow-on-the-mountain) is a great plant for spilling from crevices in walls. Blooms in late spring and early summer. I always worried that walls would receive bad effects(like destruction), if anything were growing there. Plants will cloak a large area with pink or white flowers. Plants which tolerate dry, and often poor, conditions are ideal for growing in walls. Trailing edibles are ideal for walls – go for plants like squashes, and tomatoes, which can be grown down in the vertical space. 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. Use for draping over rock walls, in borders, or as ground cover. 21 of 24. All Rights Reserved. Another sun-worshipper. Choose a few of these perennial beauties to dress your rock wall, and add a vertical dimension to your gardening. Toomuchmint thank you for voting. Will plants that grow in/on walls grow on my cellar wall under the grill? Jill Spencer from United States on July 09, 2012: Really gorgeous. Every spring it develops masses of cheerful yellow flowers that look terrific tucked between rocks and boulders. 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. flowers are pink or yellow. Voted up and interesting. Freelancer Jutta Boras divides her time between writing about flowers and growing them in her garden on the Sechelt peninsula. Red valerian has naturalised in the UK, but is none the less popular as an easy garden plant for a dry situation. BCLiving keeps you in the know on everything West Coast, highlighting local trends, eats, entertainment and travel ideas. 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. Nature is also the place to look to for inspiration when choosing plants to grow on a wall. In desert climates Korean Boxwood is a better choice. Wall Attitude - Which way does the wall face? Been looking for pics of others that have tried this but cant see any? Grows 15 to 30 centimetres in height. There are pink, white and crimson varieties which all love growing in walls. Take cuttings in summer. Grows 1.8 to three metres tall. Ensure it a sunny position. The plant will drop from the wall at some point because the roots need more time to grow into the wall. or is there a better time of year to start ? Arabis (rock cress) is very easy to grow. Thank you so very much. Continue to 21 of 24 below. Riviera Rose - I bet you get a lot of lovely plants that I'm not familiar with in walls in the south of France. Very interesting indeed! Aubrietas are ideal creeping over a low wall, or growing in its crevices, but many are rather pale and thin in their colouring. It's not at all thuggish though, so no need to feel hesitant about using it in your wall. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 11, 2012: Such beautiful plants and flowers. I think your birdbath or sculpture idea is really good - if you have a go you should definitely make a hub about it. Blooms spring to early summer. Just found this site and it's exactly what I've been looking for. 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. Yellow corydalis looks very attractive growing in a wall and will flower between May and November. 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. 'Leichtlinii' forms a low cushion of leaves that is, throughout the summer months, smothered by wonderful … It flowers from June to as late as November. Allowed to grow freely, some varieties can reach 20 feet tall. Varieties such as "Concha" and "Skylark" lend themselves readily to growing in a small area, or can be trained on a framework. Thrives in full sun or partial shade. Voted up and up! 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. 2. Ivy … To me the best displays of plants that grow on walls look as though they occurred naturally without any human intervention. 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. Voted up and awesome. 10. Plant in full sun. Keep a philodendron full and bushy by pinching back the growing tips, or allow the tips to grow out and trail over the sides of the pot. 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. Foxgloves are a good choice if you want to attract bumblebees to your garden. Plant 20 to 30 centimetres apart, in full or part sun. 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. 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. A south-facing wall would suit sun-lovers such as thrift. This training style is decorative and makes good use of space, beautifying an otherwise blank wall. Invasive and need control by removal but enjoyed by birds. They will flower from May to September. The flowers form globular balls that grow to a height of 15 to 20 centimetres and look great massed on rock outcroppings. Aubrieta – If there’s a stone wall in your neighbourhood, you’ll probably find one of the beautiful Aubrieta hybrids... 3. 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 … 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! They have quite thick stems and strong roots, so avoid using them in a wall whose purpose is structural. 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. I have a brick home with ivy growing on it and that's the extent of my green thumb! Something also to consider is dealing with the cuttings of an enthusiastically growing 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. Leaves are evergreen. Use for edging or rock walls. There is a mass of beautiful plants which will thrive in a dry stone wall. Dracaena (Dracaena sp.) The leaves are often bicolored, variegated with whites, creams, yellows and reds. Thankyou very much. Provide well-drained soil in full sun. After flowering, cut all the old flowerheads and any straggly shoots. 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. North-facing walls may be more suitable for ferns such as the magnificently named maidenhair spleenwort. Take cuttings in spring. Some vines, like ivy, are true climbers that use aerial roots to hold on to surfaces. I love the white flowers and the lavender colored one at the top. Vines are among the best plants to cover walls, since they climb naturally. 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. Sumona Ireen from New York, US on September 17, 2014: Good hub. The smaller campanulas are very suitable for growing in a wall, such as Campanula cochlear (fairy thimbles) or Campanula poscharskyana. I guess others were planted there for the effect? Fairy Foxglove: Erinus alpinus. Though not a flowering plant, maidenhair spleenwort looks attractive growing in walls. The wall has an overall moderating effect on the climate, providing a perfect place for alpine plants, succulents, and herbs. Flowers freely June through September. Trim lightly after flowering. It has the advantage of a long flowering season from April to November and is very hardy but doesn't become a nuisance. Dark-green foliage. G. verna (alpine gentian) flowers later in the season. We’ve divided the list into climbers for walls, borders and vigorous examples. If you wonder how they got in there, the answer is seed dispersal agents (wind, animals, birds etc). Very fine flowers in white, pale pink or lilac that grow to a height of 15 to 20 centimetres. 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. The fairy foxglove is also known as summer starwort. I had no idea that even Foxglove can grow in walls, pretty amazing. These plants can also be grown successfully from seed. Dracaenas are popular plants for the home and a majority of them grow upright with strap-like leaves. You are quite lucky to spot many of those plants growing out in walls. marion langley from The Study on July 02, 2013: Thank-you for going through specific species and wall combinations! However the leaves are quite attractive on their own ranging from greys and creams to green with a red tinge. Nettlemere (author) from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on February 17, 2013: Gail, thank you for the link and vote of confidence! 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. Thumbs up and voted useful! Capable of draping over retaining walls or creeping along landscapes, flowering vines are used as accent and primary plants in a landscape. istockphoto.com Best Plants for the Shower Blooms in late spring and early summer. Foxglove. Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on April 21, 2013: This was such an enjoyable hub! Like other Dianthus, has a clove-like fragrance. These are all so pretty - and some are just plain growing on their own. Prefers a well-drained, alkaline soil. The leaves are evergreen. Thank you. 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 does well in full sun and prefers poor soil—hence its suitability for growing in walls. Iberis sempervirens is a perennial candytuft that is outstanding in a sunny place. Plants are low-growing, and form a thick mat. 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. Are dry stone walls something you get in America? Verbena (Verbena peruviana) 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. 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. Birch tree saplings growing in a wall - probably not what you want! I usually collect the seeds from foxgloves and sprinkle them in the spring , however I didn't realize they grow well in walls. Propagate by seed, cuttings or layering. FullOfLoveSites from United States on March 18, 2013: Interesting and lovely! It flowers from April to August. 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. You might be better off compromising with something somewhat slower to establish and easier to maintain. Pages-By-Patty from Midwest on July 08, 2012: I, too, enjoyed the photos and your vast knowledge of plants and flowers. Thanks. Thank you for visiting! Easily propagated from cuttings, or grown from seed. It is native of the UK and can be found growing amongst the limestone of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Climbing plants, including favourites such as honeysuckle and jasmine, all share the successful strategy of relying on the support of other plants or objects to reach the sunlight. 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.