Urban Jungle Nursery

       

Urban Jungle Nursery
Ringland Lane, Old Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR85BG
London Road, Weston, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TT

       

New Vertical Garden
05 July 2014 - by Lizzy Browne

The indoor Vertical Garden. After persistently nagging Jamie, he  finally found time to rebuild the Exotic Vertical Garden at Urban Jungle a  couple of weeks ago. This was the show garden built for the Royal Norfolk Show  at the end of June. I took a couple of photos today. I think it looks awesome.  If I had a conservatory, the walls would look like this Ė well done Jamie  Spooner!

This particular Vertical Garden is sited in an unheated greenhouse, so weíll  need to build a little polytunnel over it and add some heating for winter. Some  of the plants are hopelessly tender, such as the Alocasia, and really donít  stand much chance of survival. If we can heat this small area to about 10  degrees centigrade it shouldnít break the bank, and if we circulate the air and  ventilate on mild days, I think thereís a pretty good chance that the majority  of plants will come through. And if we have to replace a few, so be it. Jamieís  unconvinced and thinks it will be mush by Christmas. Heíll be away from the  nursery, travelling for three months this winter, and Iím determined to prove  him wrong.

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The outdoor Vertical Garden is looking so fulsome now, and  with leaves and bits thrusting out all over, has taken on a much more 3D  effect.

Iíve had to snip back some of the plants that are behaving like  thugs though. Begonia evansiana is crowding out the much more interesting and  larger leaved Bergenia ciliata so itís had a hair cut. Tradescantia (which  probably wonít survive the winter) has needed to be tamed, as have the Hostas  and even the Myosotidium. The Ligularia seems to have established a root system  now and its leaves donít spend most of the day looking like limp lettuce. I  guess the real test will be if we have another heat wave (oh please). Iím not  sure, if I were to make another, I would use flowering plants. As pretty as the  lilac Hosta and the yellow Crocosmia flowers are, they drop their petals onto  the leaves below, quickly decomposing, leaving ugly brown holes. Perhaps the  secret is to use the plants for their foliage effect but cut the flowers off. We  still havenít installed a watering system Ė flicking a hose over it every day  seems to give sufficient water but does leave lime marks on the leaves.

 
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