Best plants for vertical garden | living wall

Vertical gardens are an alternative to traditional ground gardens. It is done when gardeners do not have horizontal areas to plant.

But in modern days it is also used to decorate or cover walls with fresh and colorful plants. 

Vertical gardens can be grown in any wall that receives direct sunlight inside or outside. But, it cannot be transplanted or replaced like pots or container plants.

Nowadays, vertical gardening is considered a gardening style. People invest money and time to grow vibrant live walls.

Vertical garden

You can grow vertical garden plants on any plant by yourself. 

Here is what to do:

Start with choosing a wall.

If you have an ugly-looking wall that’s what you need. You can grow plants on the wall to make it look green and fresh. However, it can be done on any wall unless it gets plenty of sunlight.

The amount of sunlight depends upon the plant you choose to grow. Some plants require less light whereas some need full sun.

Popular plants for vertical garden

Your vertical gardening journey begins with the type of plants you select to grow.

Here are some most common plants for the vertical garden:


Nephrolepis Fougère de Boston

Ferns are perennial houseplants that are easy to grow. Its leaves are short and thin that thrive from both sides of the stem.

They like humid atmospheres, so plant them in outdoor moisture areas. Ferns can easily grow in vertical gardens. They are more common in tropical and moist areas.

Wedding vines 

Stephanotis floribunda

Wedding vines are aromatic and climbing plants. They are wet and dry condition tolerant. If you can plan for a vertical garden they are a good choice. 

They have white color blooms that are star in shape. If they get good support they can grow up to 20 feet. Wedding vines prefer partial shade and bloom clusters of flowers in the summer season.

Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus)

Aeschynanthus radicans

The lipstick plant is the best plant for vertical gardening as they perform excellent both indoor and outdoor.

It has bright red tube-shaped flowers so named lipstick plants. The plant thrives in a hot and humid atmosphere with moist soil.

Their leaves are bright and dark green making a contrast combination with red flowers. In mid-summer, its flowers thrive in multiple groups.

The lipstick plant is a tropical vine that is native to Indonesia. Apart from vertical gardens, they are also suitable for hanging baskets.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant has long left with yellow-green straps. It is a tropical plant that develops well both in high and low light. 

It is a popular houseplant as it cleans the surrounding air by absorbing unhygienic forms like Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Xylene.

This is a slow-growing plant that has yellow, green, and red straps on leaves. It resists almost any kind of insect and can survive in sunlight as well as shade.



Croton is a popular plant for vertical gardening. The plant’s leaves are shiny and attractive. Its leaves are different in colors like red, yellow, green, purple, and orange and shape such as thick, broad, short, long, and bendy.

Croton belongs to the spurge family Euphorbiaceae that grows as a perennial plant of height up to 3 to 3.5 feet tall.

It is a popular ornament plant that is easy to grow and maintain. People grow this plant indoors as well as outdoors, but you use them for colorful living walls.

Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum)


Peace lilies are a flowering plant that belongs to the Araceae family. If you want a flowering plant that blooms all year, peace lilies are a perfect match.

It starts producing flowers from early summer and continues to bloom throughout the year. The peace lily is a very common houseplant that thrives in temperatures below 55 degrees F.

They also purify the air by absorbing harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

They can thrive in low light and moisture make them ideal for vertical gardening.



Pothos is a multitude plant that spreads in all directions. It is commonly called golden pothos, devil’s ivy, and money plant. 

It is a vine plant that climbs on walls to survive. Pothos has medium-sized heart-shaped leaves.  It requires low light and cool temperature mostly grown as houseplants, inside the office and vertical garden. 

Pothos are easy to grow plants that need low maintenance, grow up to 20 feet long if trimming is not done regularly.

Hoya carnosa

Hoya Carnosa Chelsea

Hoya carnosa is a popular decorative flowering plant. Its flowers are in a star shape and green light color leaves. The plant prefers less light, if exposed to direct sunlight its leaves and growth of the plant are affected.

Thrive normally in well-drained and moist soil. They can be easily propagated by stem cuttings. Hoya carnosa can give your vertical garden star a look.



Philodendron is a foliage plant that has big and broad leaves. It has dark green color leaves.

It is native to tropical America, so they grow very well in tropical areas. They prefer partial sunlight. Philodendron is good for vertical gardens as they cover the whole wall.


Succulentes 4

If you want a vertical garden inside the house, succulents are best chosen. They can survive in any condition, it is very elegant and starts growing easily with a little care.

Succulents are cooler temperature tolerant (less than 40 degrees F). They thrive in the desert where there is often contrast between night and day.

Did I Miss Anything?

Now I’d like to hear from you: which plant from today’s post are you going to try first?

Or maybe, I didn’t mention your favorite vertical plant. Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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