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    Helen at Toronto Gardens

    Wonderful, Susan. I love your garden makeover, too.

    (FYI, the Heggarty Webber link takes us to their Inspiration post, not Vertical Gardening... though I did find my way there by the scenic route)

    Tara Dillard

    Love the first pic. Reminds me of Cousin Itt from The Addams Family !!

    Hadn't thought of my Cousin Itt doll in decades.

    Seriously, vertical gardening was the last thing I had to 'get' about landscape design.

    Don't know why I was slow to understand, then epiphanies.

    Many will be having them with your pics.


    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    Thanks, Tara. You have such a classic design sensibility, I'm not surprised vertical gardening isn't something you'd immediately gravitate towards since the first thing that comes to mind is a more modern interpretation. But there are lots of applications for traditional gardens as well.

    Robert Webber

    Wow! I call that grassy pouch thing a real 'art installation'[, so textural and kinda spooky all lit up like that! Absolutely stonking!

    Robert, how perceptive. Stonking is exactly what I was going for!


    The "grass art" looks really cool, especially lit from below. What a great view for those admiring the garden from indoors!

    I like that the pockets give one the opportunity to play with larger plants and make an instant hanging garden. I can't help wondering, though, how freeze-proof the plants would be, even tough ones like sedges. I can't imagine those pockets offer much insulation. Do you think freeze-prone climate gardeners should use annuals? Inquiring minds want to know more. :-)

    Good point, Pam. Check out Stephanie Bartron's comment. she works for Woolly Pockets and it looks like they're going to provide more info on that topic.

    jocelyn/the art garden

    Love it! Susan, I've been very intrigued by the living wall trend and trying to understand the very things that you have explained so well here: product, plants and placement. Thanks to you, I'm one step closer to finding the best solutions for mile-high Denver!

    Thank you Jocelyn. As the concept moves from trendy to mainstream, I think there will be more and more options and information available to make it easier for designers and gardeners alike.

    Sheila Schultz

    I have loved the Carex filled pockets you and Rebecca created since I saw the video. I'm like Pam, wondering if I could keep the plants alive? Might just have to give it a shot this year!

    Hi Shelia! Mine are overwintering easily, but I'm in a more mild climate and my wall is in a somewhat protected space. Colder climates would need to be more cautious.


    Susan, I'm with Robert - 'Absolutely stonking!' (of course I'm assuming that's a good thing). I love your choice of plants for the wooley pocket. You've inspired me to propose a few grass pockets to a new client to hide her garden shed. Thanks.

    Debbie, I love it that you're getting a little vertical inspiration from this post! That's my favorite part of GDRT - seeing what other designers are up to always gives me new things to think about with my own clients.

    Susan aka Miss R

    I've had Wooly Pocket's on my radar for a while now. I just haven't found the right project...maybe this year! Love how you did yours.

    Thank you Susan. I have to admit I became a convert after doing my own. I'd love to see what kind of a design spin you put on living wall.

    Scott Hokunson

    I agree, great job creating the Wooly Pockets wall, a great textural addition to the garden. As a plus it bring smaller grasses and grass-like plants up to eye level. Your garden is so inviting!

    Congrats on the book, Diving into it this week. Can't wait!

    Thanks, Scott! Can't wait to hear your feedback!

    Unless it's bad. Then I can wait.

    Stephanie Bartron

    Susan, that's a super beautiful woolly planting!

    Can't wait to get the book!

    I wanted to respond to the question about plants overwintering in Pockets. It's an issue because plants are less protected than in the ground, so you want to think about "root hardiness" not just plant hardiness. There are definitely some that can make it, and we should have a list on the Woolly Pocket website soon.

    Stephanie, that question has come up before and my assumption is that anything will be less hardy with less earth around it, whether that's a pocket or the a container. But I was impressed by the fact that our friend Patrick Fitzgerald in Ireland successfully overwintered carex in much harsher conditions than I experience, although he planted in a tray system rather than woolly pockets.

    Thanks for sharing Susan!

    lostlandscape (James)

    The planting with grasses looks like a perfect informal complement for the building with the almost barn-red siding. It shows really nicely how you can adapt the vertical walls to all sorts of garden styles.

    Thanks James! One of our goals in the book is to show that vertical gardening is more than just living walls - and that even within the category of living walls, there are a lot of different design approach.

    Rob (OurFrenchGarden)

    It's the movement that I'd really appreciate, movement at eye level.


    landscape contractors

    Thanks for giving very useful tips about adding some living art to our own garden, a wall made from a pocket system will generally look lush and less minimalist. If we want to create a more contemporary piece of living art with cleaner lines and patterns, then a tray system might work better for us.


    Lovely garden design ideas especially love the wall box!

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