Saturday, February 27, 2010

an espalier green wall

This 'green wall' has been created in a narrow planter box less than 30cm wide around the perimeter of a pool and includes a mixture of climbers such as Bougainvillea and Dipladenia; shrubs such as Alternanthera, Clerodendrum and Hibiscus; and a foreground planting of Cordyline, Daylilies and giant Bromeliads. On the top of the wall there is a wire trellis to provide extra height and to block out the view of neighbouring houses while retaining the outline of the distant green hills of the Wollongong escarpment.
Red flowers of Dipladenia 'Crimson Fantasy'

Vase shaped giant Bromeliad, Alcantarea imperialis 'Rubra'
This Bromeliad can withstand relatively cool nights as it is native to mountains near Rio de Janeiro at an elevation of about 1500m.

A fan shaped Hibiscus schizopetalis with variegated Bougainvillea 'Raspberry Ice' soon to cover the remaining wall on the opposite side garden.


  1. I love this idea of a perimeter planter box!

  2. Ian, the wall of shrubs surely gives a beautiful backdrop around the pool and gives privacy, as well. I love the variety, also.

  3. Great looking vertical garden. Well done