Shawna Coronado packed her new garden book with planting ideas for making wise use of the vertical space gardeners covet.
In Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Garden with Purpose, the Midwestern author forsakes the traditional espalier and common cotton thread strung top to bottom to explore techniques and tools available to us in the twenty-first century
Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Garden with Purpose is a good resource for a spectrum of gardener-types, no matter your experience growing plants. The book contains a myriad of hardscape designs that will work with a plethora of plant collections.
The countless ideas in this softcover book offer inspiration to grow plants that have flair for that up and out habit. The book is worthwhile to keep in easy reach of your garden shelf, whether you live in an urban concrete setting or wide-open rural canvas; for whether you want to grow plants as a feast to satisfy your stomach or to satisfy your eyes.
Placing Vertical Structures in Many Garden Styles
In Grow a Living Wall, the chapter titles are an insightful journey into the varied types of gardens plant-lovers grow and the plants available to us for a vertical space.
The author’s plant choices seemed all too common, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the inventive structures and unexpected location ideas she throws at you page after page.
Herb plants are found mixing it up in a predictable vertical space on a patio in the Herbal Cocktail Garden.
The beloved culinary plants then take higher roads: into the Therapeutic Hanging Garden, in an Aromatherapy Garden planter for a door, for a wall planter called Insulate-a-Wall Garden used to save energy and reduce noise in a backyard, and, then, turns back into the Vitamin-Rich Culinary Garden for vegetables and herbs that is a traditional kitchen garden style arrangement of sorts that grows vertical.
The Hydroponic Pollinator Garden begins with a kit of frames and hydroponic inserts. Coronado suggests standard flowering annuals like alyssum, lantana, or verbena to attract pollinators. Small herbs appear again, too, for their easy-to-plug size that fit the kit’s predrilled holes.
Gardeners can transform the Urban Water-saving Garden system, suggested for vegetables and herbs, into a garden to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in Grow a Living Wall, too.
Do-It-Yourself Project Make Living Wall Out of Growing Plants Up
Coronado includes many do-it-yourself projects along-side the long list of manufactured systems in writing about her vertical gardens. Each “How-to-Build” directions page has a “Tools Needed” cutout.
The full color photos accompany the directions and incorporate some images of the author demonstrating the steps, as well.
You will discover vertical gardens that one can make from fabric pockets, old bookcases, old wooden pallets, and a mason-jar project for planting aromatic herbs.
In Grow a Living Wall, the structural ideas to make a vertical garden will grab your attention first. The plants you choose to grow in the containers will put your personal mark and make your garden project all your own.
Illinois Garden Writer Shawna Coronado
Shawna Coronado shared with Decoded Plants: “One of my favorite practical living wall gardens in the United States can be found at the Atlanta Botanic Garden; it is an edible vertical wall filled with herbs and deliciousness. I love the project’s theme of ‘edible gardening’ and can imagine the herbs smell absolutely divine when you’re near the garden.”
Coronado has evolved from her native Chicago and the neighborhoods, where she interacted with fellow gardeners, into a well-traveled author and professional photographer.
She is now a spokesperson for green life-style living. That this Illinois gardener can speak with enthusiasm about a vertical wall at Atlanta Botanic Garden is testimony to her travels and knowledge of vertical gardening around the United States, though she always returns to her Midwest roots.
Coronado has been published in a collection of garden books that include Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide and Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide. Her garden has been featured beyond Grow a Living Wall, on PBS television and WGN TV News and her writings also published in Better Homes and Gardens and HGTV Gardens.com.
Grow Living Walls with a New Garden Book
Shawna Coronado authored Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, which Cool Springs Press published in 2015. The press is an imprint of the Quarto Publishing Group.
Pages at the back of Grow a Living Wall offer resources to readers, as well. The Contributors and the Online Product Resources pages are a list of manufacturer names and websites for products used in the book.
The garden book covers man-made structures used in a variety of garden situations where you want to make use of vertical space. Though the list of plant names in the Index suggests a variety of choices, gardeners, especially newer growers, will benefit from using this resource alongside a plant book.
The Conversions page is an excellent tool for anyone building their own structures.
Sprinkled throughout this garden book is information on soil and compost, watering, and aspects of garden maintenance for portable gardening structure.
Expand Your Garden by Growing Vertical
Gardeners have been growing gardens vertically as far back as the hanging gardens of Babylon. Vertical gardens made footprints we still see today in eons-old urban cities along bricked roads. The modest hardscape cutouts gave scant places for growing plants outside.
Today, whether gardeners use modern cutout gardens for plants growing up or for letting plants hang down, the key to growing the most plants in the same amount of ground is to take advantage of the above space, too.
Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose is a collection of modern techniques for assembling plants onto living walls that sit above the ground.
The ideas between the book’s covers will give you new ideas to infuse into your landscape no matter how modest or expansive your garden might already be.