New Vertical Garden
05 July 2014 - by Lizzy Browne

<p><b>The indoor Vertical Garden</b>. After persistently nagging Jamie, he&nbsp; finally found time to rebuild the Exotic Vertical Garden at Urban Jungle a&nbsp; couple of weeks ago. This was the show garden built for the Royal Norfolk Show&nbsp; at the end of June. I took a couple of photos today. I think it looks awesome.&nbsp; If I had a conservatory, the walls would look like this � well done Jamie&nbsp; Spooner!</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010518.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p><p>This particular Vertical Garden is sited in an unheated greenhouse, so we�ll&nbsp; need to build a little polytunnel over it and add some heating for winter. Some&nbsp; of the plants are hopelessly tender, such as the Alocasia, and really don�t&nbsp; stand much chance of survival. If we can heat this small area to about 10&nbsp; degrees centigrade it shouldn�t break the bank, and if we circulate the air and&nbsp; ventilate on mild days, I think there�s a pretty good chance that the majority&nbsp; of plants will come through. And if we have to replace a few, so be it. Jamie�s&nbsp; unconvinced and thinks it will be mush by Christmas. He�ll be away from the&nbsp; nursery, travelling for three months this winter, and I�m determined to prove&nbsp; him wrong.</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010515.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p><p align="center">________________________________</p><p align="left"><b>The outdoor Vertical Garden</b> is looking so fulsome now, and&nbsp; with leaves and bits thrusting out all over, has taken on a much more 3D&nbsp; effect.</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010542.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="667" border="0"></p><p align="left">I�ve had to snip back some of the plants that are behaving like&nbsp; thugs though. Begonia evansiana is crowding out the much more interesting and&nbsp; larger leaved Bergenia ciliata so it�s had a hair cut. Tradescantia (which&nbsp; probably won�t survive the winter) has needed to be tamed, as have the Hostas&nbsp; and even the Myosotidium. The Ligularia seems to have established a root system&nbsp; now and its leaves don�t spend most of the day looking like limp lettuce. I&nbsp; guess the real test will be if we have another heat wave (oh please). I�m not&nbsp; sure, if I were to make another, I would use flowering plants. As pretty as the&nbsp; lilac Hosta and the yellow Crocosmia flowers are, they drop their petals onto&nbsp; the leaves below, quickly decomposing, leaving ugly brown holes. Perhaps the&nbsp; secret is to use the plants for their foliage effect but cut the flowers off. We&nbsp; still haven�t installed a watering system � flicking a hose over it every day&nbsp; seems to give sufficient water but does leave lime marks on the leaves.</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010543.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010551.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p>
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