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Show #15/7202. Making A House Your Home

Framing The Entryway

Eric feels the vertical gardens are one of the most impressive parts of Pamela’s front entryway. He would like for Pamela to show us this feature, then tell us how she did it because every time he sees vertical plantings, he thinks, wow, that's a wonderful way of bringing a living collection of plants to a wall. And in this case, she has used it to frame the entryway and it makes for a really magnificent entry point to the home. For our viewers who may not know how to go about doing this, walk us through the process of putting together a vertical planting. These are called side planted living wall planters. Pamela designed these because she was seeing these big, huge living walls on the sides of buildings and she thought how nice it would be if we could have little ones we could use at home.

It is a modular system. To plant, it has flexible holes so you dip the root ball in water, squeeze it and just slide it through the sides. The side holes are flexible so that once you slide it through the plant stays in the wall. Then you layer it like lasagna - another layer of soil, another layer of plants, another layer of soil, another layer of plants. These are modular, if you have a larger space, you could put one right next to it and it will be a horizontal planter. If you have a larger place still, you can put four of them together. They're a lot of fun to work with. Eric thinks this a fun and easy way to really, really spruce up your entryway.

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