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U.S. Botanic Garden

Vertical Planting



Eric next notices an area that is a great solution for the gardener with little space. Here they’ve gone vertical. Many gardeners with condos, etc. have limited space so going up is a good solution. They had this built in house. After looking on line they decided it would be easier, so they built it themselves, out of wood, used core the stuff used on the outside of hanging baskets, added good soil, attached it to the vertical wall, then chose their plants. On one side they have chartreuse plants with some touches of hot pink. Holly particularly likes the Portulaca grandiflora Moss Rose. It’s such a good pink, a good performer in the summer heat and provides great pink splash. Ipomoea batatas ‘Margarita’ Sweet Potato Vine with its chartreuse leaves is also great. The chartreuse acts like as light because it’s so bright, a very intense pop of color. Eric likes several plants that he would never have thought about putting in this type of planting - the Lantana Shrub Verbena with its really nice splash of orange and the Tradescantia ‘Tricolor’, both are stunners. Holly likes the Sweet Potato which has almost black foliage, it’s known as Ipomeoea batatas ‘Blackie.’

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