Set your sights on vertical gardening- the only way is up!

Battling with the bore factor? When it comes to garden design, autumn is a good time to try new things such as the latest trend for vertical gardening and growing, which not only looks fantastic but also has important environmental bonuses for wildlife in urban areas where ground space is limited. The good news is that if you plant now you can avoid bare and unattractive walls and fence panels this winter.

That?s the message from Squire?s Garden Centres, who offer a wide range of traditional climbers and the new kids on the block ? adventurous Sedums (from ?3.99 per pot) ? easy to grow, requiring little maintenance and best of all they are happy to grow vertical in living walls.? In fact they were the star performers in the Squire?s urban garden design, winner of an RHS Silver Flora and People?s Choice silver at this year?s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Other suitable plants for vertical gardening throughout winter include a range of 11cm autumn patio plants all priced at ?2.99 per pot:

  • Ajuga ? ?Black Scallop?, ?Braunherz?, ?Burgundy Glow?
  • Carex ? ?Comans Bronze?, ?Evergold?, Frosted Curls?
  • Echeveria ? ?Pearl of Nuremberg?
  • Gaultheria ? ?Very Berry?
  • Hedera ? ?Sagittifolia?, ?White Wonder?
  • Leptinella ? ?Platts Black?
  • Thyme ? ?Archers Gold?, ?Golden Queen?, ?Silver Posie?

These plants aren?t natural climbers but they are still perfectly suitable for vertical gardening with the right guidance.

?Try looking at the space you have available and invest in a new, creative way to keep the look of your garden dynamic and fresh throughout the winter months and into spring.? Instead of relying on climbing plants, which can often loose colour towards their base, a vertical garden display is easy to achieve with a simple framework and the colour is consistently bright throughout.? As quick and easy as a pergola or trellis or, for DIY enthusiasts, building a modular upright planting frame is an exciting and rewarding project? says Ian Hammond, Plant Manager at Squire?s Twickenham and Designer of the company?s Hampton Court show garden:? ?You?ll be amazed at how much you can achieve by growing vertical in just a few square meters. The results are dramatic and create a real talking point.



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