Have you ever seen a living wall?
If now, you might be asking “what is a living wall”? It’s a wall, either inside or outside covered with live plants. Some living walls have shelves the plants sit on, but in others, the plants grow horizontally out of the wall. It’s an eye-catching centerpiece of any interior or exterior wall.
But living walls can be tricky to maintain. Getting the right mix of plants that have the same water and sunlight requirements can be difficult, and all those plants can be time-consuming to feed and care for.
If you really love the idea of a living wall but don’t have the time or the energy to devote to keeping it alive, consider building your own artificial plant wall. It’s easy enough for even those of us who are crafting challenged, and it will last for years to come.
Here are a few tips for your own DIY living wall created with artificial plants.
Step 1 – Choose your spot
Living walls can go just about anywhere. You can create a small picture-frame sized option to hang on a wall or fence or you can create some artificial outdoor landscaping with a larger wall.
You can even glue artificial flowers together to replace a headboard like Jenny at Sweet Teal did.
Just be sure that it affords you the room that you’ll need to create your masterpiece.
Step 2 – Consider the type of wall you want
There are lots of different ways to build a faux living wall. Check out this blog post from Balcony Garden Web for a host of different ideas.
Before you get started, consider your space and what type of wall will work best. You can choose from one of these ideas:
- Hanging plant wall – Hang plants from a trellis or fence.
- Succulent wall – Choose a variety of succulents to create a low-profile wall
- Flower wall – Use faux flower stems to create a photo backdrop or wall art.
- Pallet wall – Transform an old pallet into a container for artificial plants.
Step 3 – Purchase your preferred artificial plants
Unlike living walls, artificial plant walls can use just about any type of plant because you don’t have to worry about having the right type of soil or how deep the roots go. Choose your favorite plants and colors, then start setting up your wall.
Pro Tip – While some artificial plants are resistant to UV rays, all plants will fade somewhat when exposed consistently to direct sunlight. If part of your wall will always get direct sunlight, be sure to create a process to rotate your artificial plants so they fade evenly across your living wall. Even rotating them twice a year can make a world of difference.
For inspiration on what types of plants to purchase, consider these arrangements for inspiration.
This mini succulent arrangement would look great on a bathroom or kitchen countertop.
This Rose and Peony arrangement will add a pop of color to any room!
Gather your supplies
To create a faux plant wall, you’ll need scissors or wire cutters, a container or trellis and hot glue. Depending on the type of wall, you might also need some floral foam.
Floral foam is simple and easy to use for decorating floral arrangements. Check out these Premium Dry Floral Foam Bricks from the Kedudes Store.
Whether you’re making a small, artistic piece to hang on a wall or a large outdoor wall to be a year-round attraction, how your plant or flower wall looks is up to you. Be creative. Experiment with colors and sizes. Go bold and bright or muted and calm. The choice is up to you.
If you want to make things easier, consider buying an artificial hedge fence, like the TOPNEW Boxwood Topiary Hedge Fence. This way you can easily add on your favorite artificial plants, flowers and stems to it to make it unique. Or, if you are thinking of adding flowers to your wall, consider these Hanging Glass Flower Vases from Orimina. Perfect for an elegant and simple look.
The artificial plant version of a living wall is a low-maintenance way to add interest to a garden or room, and they are easy to make yourself. But if you don’t want to spend the time to make your own, check out our Agave/Succulent Wall Décor. You can hang just one of them or grab a few to group together to make a larger wall display.
We love this faux arrangement as wall décor using Agave and Succulents!
Do you have a living wall (faux or live) at your home or office? Post a picture of it in the comments.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Until next time,