A wall …but not as we know it!

Living wall sedums

This retaining wall was planted with 180 sedum plugs in june. They were watered in with some liquid feed . Planting was difficult, but worth the effort and soon it will be covered with leaves and flowers…(see later BLOG updates)

Recently planted, this is an ideal space to show you how these plants can be used for bettering a bad situation….the site is a steep slope and the gabions a way of terracing the back-garden space. What better way to soften these massive structures with plants that need little attention and reward you with flowers each year. They are compact so will suffer little from passing people, especially little ones! Some will thrive better than others…we’ll see soon with further updates but the proof, and final approval can only be after a full year, maybe two of growing these tiny plug plants into much larger, ‘self-sufficient’ plants that have rooted well into the stoney substrate….thats what it is – no soil or compost…just what you see….small chunks of stone held in with wire, held further by more metal making the gabion box. It looks like a neat, professional job to me and the choice of sedums is the right one….IMHO.
Hopefully, rachel will update more pictures of her garden showing the sedums growing…so watch this space.
BTW, 180 sedum plugs, delivered end may 2019, cost about £85, delivered. The budget had to stop somewhere, and we agreed to see how it went , and how they grew, before increasing the quantity, per metre…..obviously twice as many per metre would have a more instant effect, but then again 4 times as many could have been planted here…….the question was how much to spend? and how soon was coverage needed?….the answer was tight budget and not in a massive hurry….heres the thread that got to the order…

Basically it is approx 6 square metres with most vertical planting on a gabion wall filled with fine rubble with little organic matter behind chicken wire.
I would like them covered ideally maybe within the next year or so really. I thought about planting them approx 20cm apart? Also would happily be guided on which varieties are likely to do this best, but would like the most colour variety possible so had liked the range you were offering, and if these are all suitable for this then I would like the full range. I think I might need more than 100 plugs actually…….. 
Does this sound sensible?
i replied  Ok, thats much clearer …now please read this about how much/far these will spread – its vital to understand when working out which , and how many of these, you ‘need’ – need being achieving the target of coverage over a defined period of time……we all want it perfect, now, but money spent has to be a reaasonable consideration….and to clear up your math so far… at 20cm distance 96 would cover 6sq m (thats square metres eg 6×1 or 3×2 .. NOT 6 metres squared which is 6×6.
at 10 cm apart you are closer to 480 plugs(9×9 …x 6), and at 15cm apart ..about 200.
that assumes they are all the same in growthl rate …this explains otherwise…

“I have include this planting sheet for you to see the description of each, their flower colours, and height, and a ‘creep-speed’ score (CS) is also shown to suggest how fast it creeps sideways…rooting as it travels – CS 1 is slow ,CS 5 is fast. 
For example, 9 x CS5 plants will probably fill a square metre in 2 years, but 9 CS1 plants may take 3 or 4 years to fill this metre square. 
In a mixed planting scheme the fast growing sedums will grab the available space first so they may need a yearly ‘tidy up / and cut back’ to make compact plants and let the slower, more delicate plants thrive. You will have spare cuttings for elsewhere

EVERGREEN GROUND-COVERING SEDUMS.
(A)Sedum dasyphyllum . Tiny grey/pink leaves, Pink Flowers “BlueBubbles” . CS1
(B)Sedum Sexangulare Tiny green leaves Yellow Flowers “GoldonMoss” CS3
(C)Sedum Spathulatifolia Pink/Purple leaves Yellow flowers , “RedHead” CS2
() Sedum Album berry like leaves, pink/white flowers “groundberry” CS4
Sedum reflexum aka SEDUM Rupestre Yellow flowers . A vigorous stonecrop species, an excellent groundcover . Forms a blanket of succulent leaves resembling pine needles. Yellow star-flower clusters appear in the summer. 3 colours supplied…
(D) Sedum reflexum (blue) yellow flowers “Blue .       CS5

the order was placed soon after… for 180 plug plants, delivered by Royal Mail .

 Soon after we discussed how to plant …………  Rachel messaged 
“I soaked the plugs, cut holes in the chicken wire, pushed the plug in trying not to handle the leaves much, then closed the wire back over to support the plug. Then I sprayed on fine hose setting to be gentle and then wet the wall from the unplanted top do that the rubble is damp. 2 or 3 plants dislodged from plug whilst planting. My hands are wrecked from bending wire as gloves were to cumbersome for the plants but it was fun! Both children helped a bit too (9 and 12). I’ll take better pictures with light on it tomorrow and keep you updated. I assume there will be some plant loss and thats to be expected. 
Very happy with your advice thanks! Rachel

 And here is what happened next….another happy customer, so far so good….

If you are interested in delightful, easy to grow flowering plants to soften any hard landscaping you are at the right place ….enquire and make contact.
These are ideal for green roofs, living walls ,                       wall  and fence gutters……….what are they i feel you ask? They are gutters, plastic ones in brown or white….attached to a wall or fence with 2 or 3 sturdy screws ….assorted Sedums, needing little water, were  planted into shallow substrate (coir/compost, (DO avoid heavy, earthy mixes in these when laden with vegetation and water they may be heavy) so start with coir / compost mix (eg 50/50   coir / J.I.no2.)
Heres a few of mine below……i’ll keep adding images as they progress

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