Wally Planting Tips
1. Choose a “theme” for the wall, either a particular site condition (full sun, full shade, windy, sea exposure…) or an idea (edible, herbs, springtime, fall color, etc.).
2. Define a color palette or “color story,” starting with a dominant color or two and then some secondary colors to complement or contrast. Pick one color (at least) to avoid.
3. Select at least two varieties from the following catagories: Spill, Thrill and Fill
4. Use the “Spill” plants, which should drape down to cover the edges of the Pockets, as a “frame” along the side edges, and mixed into the bottom edge
5. Next add the “Thrill” plants as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition
6. Finally, use the “Fill” plants to fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants. Use big, full plants! The wall should look as full and lush as possible immediately upon planting, with as little Pocket showing as possible.
Favorite Indoor Plants for Wally
For a lush effect use 6”, 8” and 1 gallon plants only; hanging baskets are ideal!
Cyclamen (use largest varieties only)
Rosa Mix (small ok, but not tiny miniature varieties)
Senecio cruentus - Cineraria
Bulbs/Corms (should do well, can be replanted seasonally, or left in with foliage plants)
Orchids & Bromeliads (plant at front of Pockets, can be replaced when flower spikes fade – plant at very front of Pocket and water separately, with ice for orchids and in bloom cones only for Bromeliads)
Orchids: Calceolaria Cambria
Orchids: Dendrobium Dendrobium nobile
Orchids: Oncidium microchilum
Orchids: White Miltonia
Aechmea (all bromeliads work well)
Aeschynantus ‘Mona Lisa’ (great plant, but can be fragile)
Aloe - Vera
Anthurium - all varieties
Begonia Mix - all varieties great
Begonia Rex, hybrids
Calathea, Calathea crocata
Codiaeum (Croton) 'Excellent', other varieties (needs more light, issue when lower on a wall in a lower light installation)
Crassulla - Money plant
Dieffenbachia 'Camilla,' other varieties
Dracaena (all varieties)
Fatsia japonica green
Ficus elastica 'Robusta,' 'Tineke,' 'Variegata'
Ficus pumila 'White Sunny'
Hedera diff. var., green, varigata
Monstera deliciosa mospole
Nephrolepis: Adiatum, Green Lady, Boston
Peperomia cap.lilian, other varieties
Schefflera Nora Green, Mospole, 'Trinette'
Spatiphyllum (needs constant moisture and even temperatures, so first to wilt)
Tolmiae menziesii 'Variegata'h.b.
Favorite Outdoor Plants for Wallys
Use equivalent of 6”, 8” and 1 gallon plants only; hanging baskets are ideal!
Bulbs / Corms (should do well, can be replanted seasonally or left with foliage plants – need to test this!)
Anemone, blanda (gr)
Narcissus 'Bridal Crown', 'Tete a tete'
Perennials, Evergreen Perennials and Shrubs (dwarf varieties only)
Aucuba japonica (bo)
Carex – Mix
Cham. laws. 'Ellw.' Empire, 'Ellwoodii' Green (sl), 'Ellwoodii'snow white (sl), 'Ellwood'S' Gold (sl), 'Boulevard' (sl)
Cordyline australis Red Star
Euonymus micro gold (vdw)
Ferns (outdoor) mix
Helleborus niger, Silverlace (ko)
Laurus nobilis -Window Box, kitchen
Lavandula stoechas and other small varieties
Pieris japonica (dwarf varieties only)
Rosmarinus officinalis, Stamm
Salix repens iona
Sarcococca (dwarf varieties only)
Saxifraga arendsii, Red, White
Skimmia jap. 'Magic Marlot'
Thuja occ. 'Teddy'
Thymus diff. Var.
Viola - pansy (large varieties only)
Looking for plant ideas for your Woollies? Here are some of our favorite plant themes for Wallys, Islands, and Meadows:
Salad garden (various greens, cherry tomatoes, dwarf cucumbers, spring onions, peppers, radishes & dressing herbs- basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, mint…)
Pizza garden (tomatoes, basil, peppers, rosemary, eggplant, onions, broccoli…)
Herb garden (small shrub, perennial and annual varieties)
Tea garden (chamomile, peppermint, other mints, lemon grass, lemon verbena, dwarf raspberry, dwarf roses, jasmine, stevia, bee balm, catnip, chrysanthemum, dandelion, echinacea, fennel, mini-dwarf citrus, hibiscus, yerba matte, red clover, rosemary, sage, valerian, yarrow…)
Cocktail Party (mini-dwarf citrus, dwarf prostrate junipers, “salad” for your Pimms, mint, cilantro, tomatoes, dwarf grape vines, dwarf hops, dwarf blueberries, strawberries…)
Perfume Garden (jasmine, stephanotis, scented geraniums, nasturtiums, dwarf and small landscape roses, mini-dwarf citrus, daphne, tuberose, lilies…)
Early Spring Mix (edibles: strawberries, radishes, salad greens, spring onions, dwarf nasturtiums; spring bulbs: daffodils, tulips, iris, daylilies; annual & perennial spring flowers: helleborus, bergenia, pink jasmine…)
Berries and Cream (dwarf blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, herbs and white flowering annuals, bulbs & perennials)
Summer Flowers (daisies, lavender, mixed containers from nursery…)
Shade Garden (lipstick plant, flamingo flower, amazon lily, spider plant…)
Silver and Gold (glaucus & gold/rust foliage)
Fall Color (dwarf shrubs, fall blooming grasses…)
Single-Species Collection Tapestries (great for full/spilling collectable/fetish plants like fancy begonias, ivy, geraniums, dwarf azaleas, iris, lilies, daylilies, orchids, succulents…)
Succulents (agaves, senecio serpens, senecio fishhook, trailing jade, hens and chickens…)
Meadow on the Wall (grasses, sedges, restios, daylilies, knifophias, bulbs…)
Winter Color (ilex, mahonias, grasses, dwarf cornus…)
Holiday (poinsettias, evergreens…)