Natural stone walls colorfully plant


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Planted natural stone walls made of sand-lime brick, greywacke or granite go well with natural gardens. But the wall does not have to stay bare. For planting there is a considerable selection of small perennials that have specialized in this barren habitat and mostly get along with very little water and soil.

The right plants

Among the most popular wall plants include the stonecrop (Sedum), the numerous house root species (Sempervivum), the weed (Alyssum) and the soapwort (Saponaria). These species also tolerate the most dryness. Where it is a bit wetter, also flourish flower (Iberis), Campanula portenschlagiana, Hornwort (Cerastium) and Cymbalaria (Cymbalaria). Even small fern species, such as the pretty striped fern (Asplenium trichomanes) and the stag beetle (Phyllitis scolopendrium), grow in moist, not too sunny wall joints.

Nasturtium natural stone wall

The wider joints of a natural stone wall can also be planted with nasturtium, provided the soil is moist enough in it

Wall plants for sun and shade

On a sunny spot in the woods you'll find grasses, bluebells, blue cushions (Aubrieta), St. John's wort, carpet phlox, saxifrage, fat hen, pasqueflower, starfish (Erophila), honorary prize, heather carnation (Dianthus deltoides) and gypsophila. In shady areas, you can plant Larkspur (Corydalis), Toadflax (Linaria), Spotted Fungus, Waldsteinie, Zimbelkraut, Goose Cress or Moss Quarry. Even herbs are suitable for the stone wall planting, because the stones of a drywall warm up in the sunshine. At night, they release this heat gradually - a "natural heating" for Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary, lavender or thyme.

Natural stone wall Sedum

Sedum feels in a sunny location probably in the wall joints, as here in the natural stone wall by Userin Woidgarten

Leave joints open

Already during the stratification of the stones for the drywall, the joints are filled with nutrient-poor earth (no humus) and the plants are used. For retaining walls, pay attention to the ground connection to the rear, so that the plants can hold tight. If you want to plant your natural stone wall later, you should already leave enough wide joints when laying the stones. A gap about two fingers wide enough, many plants even manage with less.

Plant natural stone walls

Natural stone walls can be planted from March to September. First, fill the joints with a substrate that is as permeable as possible, because the roots of all rock garden plants immediately rot in waterlogged conditions. Ideal is a mixture of approximately equal parts potting soil and coarse gravel. It is best to fill the substrate with a narrow spoon in the joints.

Wall gap Fill the substrate

Cut root balls

Before inserting the plants, fill some of the substrate into the gap (left). The root ball must be cut to the right size (right)

After all joints have been filled, dedicate yourself to the actual planting. Take the perennials out of the pot and split the root ball into several smaller pieces that fit comfortably in the wall joints with a sharp knife. Do not squeeze the roots together, but in case of doubt cut off the bale. Some rock garden species such as the sandflower have only a single, barely branched taproot. They are not easy to divide, so in this case you simply have to reduce the root ball from outside to inside with a knife until it reaches the required size.
Insert the plants in a horizontal position with the root ball as deep as possible into the joints, so that they can anchor well. Embed the root ball on the already filled substrate layer and then fill in some more substrate above the bale. In longer joints is with a few centimeters distance quite some space for two to three plants. When all perennials are in place, they are well watered with a shower or watering can. You must be very careful so that you do not rinse the substrate out of the joints again. In a few weeks, the small plants will grow and nothing will stand in the way of a colorful flower summer.

Cauliflower leadwort plant

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Natural stone walls colorfully plant: joints

The sun-loving carnation belongs to the plumbago family and forms a taproot

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: joints

Alyssum saxatile, to German Alps or Rock Stone Luggage, forms dense cushions and flowers in bright yellow in April and May

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: plant

The striped fern has a distinctive drawing and is only about 10 cm high. This makes it particularly suitable for the planting of cracks in the wall

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: joints

The blue pillow is easy to care for and very resistant to drought.On a sunny to partially shaded spot, it forms sweeping upholstery, from March to May with strong flowering flora

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: natural

The midday flower (Dorotheanthus) is one of the succulents. It blooms only during the day with sunshine in the summer until September

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: walls

The Paddy Bellflower is an evergreen ground cover that is very hardy. It is also suitable as a subplantation, for example for roses

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: joints

Sempervivum, the houseleek, comes, as the Latin name says, also in very barren habitat cope. She saves water in her thick leaves

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: stone

The soapwort belongs to the carnation family. It has strong roots and smells especially in the evening and at night, attracting moths to the garden

Natural stone walls colorfully plant: plants

The saxifrag (Saxifraga) got its name because it looks through its growth place in crevices, as if it would split the stone. There are now almost 500 different Saxifraga species

Cauliflower leadwort plant

Alyssum saxatile alpine stone bag

Wall Fern Striped Fern

Blue cushion wall

Midday flower Dorotheanthus

Upholstery bellflower wall

Houseleek Sempervivum wall

Soapwort wall

Saxifraga saxifrage

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