Over the weekend, we installed a very green (and sort of purple) wall of plants to the studio!
Scott has been convincing me for years that a “living wall” would be a fun addition to our home, and while I’ve always loved the look, we were short on space in our small condo. This house though? We have no shortage of walls, and there is no shortage of natural daylight in the second floor studio! After tucking a snake plant into the studio work room and watching it thrive, we’ve been feeling a little more confident in our plant skills (these guys not included!), and so we finally – much to Scott’s excitement! – picked up a Woolly Pocket Wally Five.
We’d always been curious about Woolly Pockets, but I did have a lot of questions: Won’t it get the wall wet? You water it how? Wait, it’s made out of what? So, here’s the deal. They’re made from 100% recycled bottles, can be used indoors and out, and they have a military grade moisture barrier. The pockets feel like a heavy duty felt, and when watered properly, the felt will distribute water evenly and allow excess to evaporate. (Seriously, I watched this video about 5 times just to make sure I understood what we were doing!)
In other words, they’re plant magic!
We chose the largest pocket, and at 112″ wide, it’s almost as wide as our 10′ ceilings are tall! When it arrived, I honestly worried that it might have been too big for the space, but as soon as Scott and I held it up – just to see – we knew it was right. On Saturday morning, we spent a good hour at our local nursery, and after talking through our plans and showing a handful of inspiration photos with the owner, he helped us choose plants that would be hearty – and most importantly, hard to kill! When we got home, we got right to work:
We chose to hang it halfway up the wall, and we centered it on the wall behind my desk, even though it’s technically not centered behind my desk. (That bare wall is over 16′ wide, so it flows into the seating area as well.) Each pocket took 2 wall anchors each, and we filled the whole thing halfway up with soil.
Now, we were ready to start playing with plant placement! We started by lining our plants along the floor, but when that got too confusing, we stuck the little plastic pots right in the pockets and fussed. Even still, it was feeling all too overwhelming (there were a lot of plants!), so we said, ah, forget it! and just started pulling plants to drop right into the soil.
At the very least, we broke up a few large pots of snake plants to go in the middle, and we rotated and hesitated and second guessed every choice after that, but you know what? We had a lot of fun doing it!
Once we were happy with how everything looked, we topped off the soil and watered the back wall of our Wally Five – also called “the tongue.” The tongue then pulls the water down and around and, well, it’s plant science!
To say that we love our living wall would be an understatement; we are obsessed. (I feel I say that a lot, but we really, really love it!) While it’s a bit of an investment (in total, we spent about $175 on a wagon full of plants – more than enough for this 9’+ installation!), it’s definitely the statement piece of the room! Even in photos, it’s hard to capture it’s very, very large size.
We think the best part will be watching it grow; this is only the beginning! Each pocket has the equivalent of about 3+ potted mature plants (the amount suggested by Woolly Pocket), and we chose a variety of plants that would allow for height, ground cover and overflow – and plants that were sure to work in our light conditions. We’re no experts in that area, but after going over each of our choices with the nursery owner, we feel like we have a solid selection that’ll only get stronger as their roots continue to burrow within their pockets.
I took these photos on Saturday evening, and already, the plants are lifting and moving! The Wandering Jews (the purple vine-like plants) are crawling to life, and the asparagus fern are sticking straight up. Love, love, love.
Psst… This is not a sponsored post for Woolly Pockets, but we did receive a design discount on their product. We just genuinely love the Wally Five, and we wanted to share our enthusiasm with you!