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Plant Selection2019-03-15T08:32:44-04:00

Plant Selection & Pairing

Choosing the right plants for your wall is critical to satisfaction and performance.

LiveWall designers, installers, and owners that follow our plant design guides’ recommendations for the selection and pairing of plants—and follow our maintenance guides—experience the greatest success.

Know what you want to plant, but need help figuring out how to plant your living wall?

Plant Options

Follow LiveWall's annual plant design guide recommendations for selection and pairing.

LiveWall’s unique system design with removable planter inserts make designing with annuals simple and fun.

Follow LiveWall's edible plant design guide recommendations for selection and pairing.

Many herbs, vegetables, greens, and even some small fruits may be grown in the LiveWall system, which yields a weekly average of 1 ounce of produce per square foot of vertical garden space.

Green wall planted with cold-hardy perennials.

LiveWall recommends the hardiest perennials for serene, beautiful, and long-lived vertical gardens.

Follow LiveWall's annual plant design guide recommendations for selection and pairing.

Shallow rooting succulents thrive in living walls for the longest time and using the least amount of water.

Follow LiveWall's indoor / tropical plant design guide recommendations for selection and pairing.

Tropical plants are typically grown in interior living walls, or may be grown outdoors in warm, humid climates.

Selecting Complementary Green Wall Plants

To eliminate the guesswork in living wall plant selection, we created Plant Design Guides.  In creating these guides, we sought to empower designers and owners to be creative and feel secure in the choice of plants based upon site conditions and system design.

Each design guide includes recommendations for plant pairing based on climate, lighting, moisture requirements, and growth habit.  Simply follow the guide’s “Golden Rules”, and stick to plantings that are in the same grouping.

How do I select green wall plants?2019-03-12T09:42:07-04:00

Depending on the wall orientation, climate, and design intent, designers may choose from a broad variety of plant types. These include:

LiveWall has trialed hundreds of plants and has compiled our findings in living wall plant selection and pairing design guides for each of the plant types above. Copies of the plant selection and pairing guides are available to customers. To determine which plant types are best for your project, please contact us at sales@livewall.com or call 877-554-4065, or click here to request a plant selection guide.

For inspiration, click below to see a gallery of projects by type of plants.

How did LiveWall develop living wall plant design guides?2018-08-31T15:42:44-04:00

We have dozens of trial living walls at our facilities and nearby public sites.  

In these trial walls, we test plants for both indoor and outdoor performance and hardiness.  We are constantly trialing dozens of plant selections at any given time, and require that plants be of sufficient size, hardiness, and low maintenance to thrive in our green wall system.

Browse examples of plant selection and pairing demonstration living walls.