It’s been a long time coming…the official reveal of our Urbio vertical garden! We bought the materials for this project in January, hung the components in February, and just a couple weeks ago, in honor of the first day of spring, finally planted it!
There were two things we had to consider when deciding on plants for our garden – light and water. With our west facing windows, we get a ton of indirect sunlight hitting our living room in the late afternoon making it a bright and particularly warm place. Also, the Urbio planters don’t offer any drainage so we didn’t want to plant anything that might be at risk of drowning in it’s own water. That being said, we decided to go with succulents – plants that are genetically designed to endure a difficult environment and have a high drought tolerance. Neither of us have a particularly “green thumb” and wanted something that required little care to grow.
We took a trip to Gethsemane Garden Center in Andersonville to get some expert advice and left with armfuls of succulent plants, nutritious soil, lava rock to help the soil drain, and charcoal to prevent molding at the base of the pots. Without the help of the Gethsemane staff I don’t think my plants would still be alive today!
After several hours of repotting, continuous swearing as pots fell off the wall, and a massive mess of dirt in surrounding the kitchen table, we created a masterpiece. Our vertical garden includes Red Trigona cactus, Burro’s Tail, String of Pearls, Kalanchoe, Senecio Aloe and a few mystery succulents from Home Depot mixed in. I’m happy to say that three and a half weeks later, our Urbio plants are not only still living, they’re growing and thriving! I’m so happy with how everything turned out and could not be more proud of our beautiful living piece of artwork. 🙂