Do you have a natural stone drywall in your garden? Then you are right here! In this article we will show you how to make your garden wall a real eye-catcher by planting it. Here you can find out which plant species are most suitable for the wall joints, and how they should be maintained, so that your wall at the end looks like a real, colorful flowering sea! We hope you enjoy our idea and hope you enjoy reading!

Build dry stone wall yourself





A drywall of natural stone is the perfect privacy” in the garden> , and is also suitable for separating the individual garden areas. You can also build the wall yourself, although this is a challenging DIY project that requires a bit more time and effort. Actually, many people do without it because they just can not imagine building a wall without cement or other glue. And laying down the unprocessed natural stones like a puzzle, depending on their size, also requires a lot of patience. But this task is not impossible – there are many instructions on the net that can help you with the construction, and if you build a decorative wall, it should not be too high – about 0.5-1 meters is quite sufficient. But if you still do not dare to do it yourself, you could also have a stone wall professionally built. The stone as a natural material would simply integrate perfectly into the surrounding garden landscape, and if you also plant the wall, it will look particularly attractive. And how does that work? Read on to find out the answer!

Plant drywall – tips and tricks



Although there are plant species that can thrive well in a freestanding stone wall, retaining walls are best suited for planting as they have ground connection at the back which provides constant nutrients and moisture to the plants. These types of walls are also easier to build, because when building the floor to the rear provides support. However, if you opt for a freestanding drywall (or have them already in the garden), you could put some soil and sand (1: 1) in the joints so the plants can root more easily. When planting the wall, it is very important not to place the plants too close together so that they do not disturb each other or completely obscure the beautiful stone look. There are also plant species that spread uncontrollably, and what you do better, such as most climbing plants or the bob head (Soleirolia soleirolii). If you build the wall yourself, you should leave in the construction process larger, about 2 finger wide joints between the stones, which are from a height of about 20cm above the ground. Ideally, these gaps also have contact with the earth behind them (if it is a retaining wall) – so the plants would also have enough root space. The joints are then filled up to half with a substrate of one part of sand and one part of garden soil. Now the young plants are put into the crevices very carefully so as not to damage the roots. Add a little bit of substrate by gently pressing with your fingers, and then water the plants abundantly with the watering can. So that the earth does not fall apart, you could additionally wed them with small stones. If you replant your drywall, the best option is to have flat-rooting plants and succulents, which are best placed in the joints in the spring months.

Hardy and drought-loving plants are particularly suitable for planting a drywall. It is important to consider also the different areas of the wall:

Plant drywall – suitable plant species

For the wall crown:

  • Dwarf shrubs, gorse and silk gypsum trees, sparrow shrubs (Spiraea chamaedryfolia)
  • Goose cress species (Arabis alpina, Arabis aubrietoides, Arabis blepharophylla)
  • Various types of red cabbage (Alyssum montanum, Alyssum wulfenianum, Alyssum saxatile compactum)
  • Blue Cushion species (Aubrieta tauricola, Aubrieta x cultorum)
  • Steint√§schel varieties (Aethionema grandiflorum, Aethionema armenum, Aethionema schistosum

For the wall side:

  • Greek Blue Pillow (Aubrieta deltoidea)
  • Spicy stonecrop (Stonecrop, Sedum acre, S. spurium)
  • Pennywort (Lysimachia nummularia)
  • Bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana, C. portenschlagiana)
  • Porcelain flower (Saxifraga umbrosa)

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