All great gardens include a good bit of hardscaping, in fact, your urban garden probably has hardscaping features that you don’t even think of as features.
Most houses in Portland are raised above street level, so what happens between foundation level and street level? A rocky slope? A rock or concrete retaining wall?
What about the edges of the driveway, is the ground around them higher or lower? Would it look better with some flowers spilling onto it? The following are plants for softening the transitions from hardscape to garden, which will go a long way toward making a house and yard look like a home and garden.
- Special Considerations:
- What plants drape over walls?
- What are cascading plants called?
- What plants are best for a retaining wall?
- How do you plant cascading flowers?
- What is a trailing perennial?
- What can I plant next to a brick wall?
- What is a trailing perennial?
- What hanging plants last the longest?
- What is the easiest hanging plant?
- What can I hang instead of hanging baskets?
- Are hanging baskets out of fashion?
- 11 Cascading Plants (For Retaining Walls & Pots)
- Cascading Perennials – Portland Nursery
- The Best Cascading Plants For Retaining Walls
- 15 Best Cascading Plants for Retaining Walls
- 15 of the Best Trailing Plants – DIY Gardening
- 18 Best Cascading Plants For A Wall Garden
- 14 Cascading Plants for the Garden – HGTV
Aubrieta: Rock Cress
What’s that long, luxurious cascade of color so covered in flowers that there are no leaves to be found? It’s Aubrieta of course. The Axcent™ series of Aubrieta comes in rich, saturated purples and pinks that do an excellent job of softening hardscaping and trailing over walls.
They bloom March through April in full sun and average soil. These deciduous plants grow 4-6” tall and trail 14-18” long.
Cold hardy to zone 3
Phlox subulata: Creeping Phlox
The hillsides in the Gorge and through-out the Cascades are covered with pastel blankets of color from our three native species of creeping phlox. Garden varieties of creeping phlox are gentle evergreen spilling perennials that flower in pinks, light blue, lavender and white.
They grow 2-4” high and trail 12-20” long in full to part sun, well-drained soil and regular water to establish plants.
Cold hardy down to zone 3.
Iberis sempervirens: Candy Tuft
Some years the crisp white flowers of candy tuft start as early as February! The clusters of pure white flowers bloom well into May and the leaves are evergreen! They thrive in full to part sun and well-drained soil.
Hardy to zone 3. Iberis sempervirens ‘Purity’ is the most common growing 10” tall and spilling up to 24” over time. Iberis ‘Little Gem’ is compact growing 6” tall and spilling 12-18” long. Cold hardy to zone 3.
Read about more varieties and care on our Iberis Feature Page.
This combination will fill 4-5’ across a wall. If you have a lot of space to cover, consider repeating these 3 plants over and over, or planting them in large groups of each one. Also, these 3 together will make a spectacular floral show in spring, but for season long interest, consider later-blooming additions such as Parahebe olsenii, Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ (Summer), Nepeta (Summer), Sedums or Helianthemum (May-June).
What plants drape over walls?
Best Plants to Cover Walls
- Climbing roses.
- Trumpet vine.
- Garden clematis.
What are cascading plants called?
What plants are best for a retaining wall?
5 Cascading plants for retaining walls
- Dichondra Argentea ? dichondra silver falls.
- Casuarina Glauca ? Cousin It.
- Ficus Pumila ? creeping fig.
- Rosmarinus Prostrate Rosemary ? trailing rosemary.
- Lysimachia Nummularia Aurea ? golden creeping Jenny.
How do you plant cascading flowers?
Trailing perennial flowers are striking planted along flowerbeds and borders, nestled within rock gardens and billowing over a garden wall or container. The low-growing form and fine texture creates a sea of spring color, ideal planted as a perennial border or flanking a garden path.
What is a trailing perennial?
When you are selecting what to plant near brick, opt for drought-tolerant shrubs and be sure to irrigate and mulch, as well. Consider color, too. Bricks are not all brick-red, but can come in many hues and tones. Select plants that are attractive and dramatic against the wall shade.
What can I plant next to a brick wall?
Trailing house plants have long, trailing stems. Growing them in indoor hanging baskets, pots hanging from the ceiling or sitting on a shelf shows them off beautifully, enabling their stems to cascade down for dramatic effect.
What is a trailing perennial?
What flowers last the longest in a hanging basket? There are many fabulous flowers that last all summer in a hanging basket, with some enduring into the fall. Some of the best to consider include calibrachoa, erigeron karvinskianus, fuchsias, geraniums and osteospermums.
What hanging plants last the longest?
Adaptable to most growing conditions, a pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the easiest houseplants you can grow. Its long trailing stems are perfect for hanging planters, and for extra interest, you can find varieties with variegated or golden foliage.
What is the easiest hanging plant?
To hang your plants without using traditional hanging baskets, use wicker baskets or small buckets. Pot the plant in another container before placing it in the wicker basket. For plastic buckets, paint or decorate the outside and drill holes in the bottom for drainage.
What can I hang instead of hanging baskets?
Hanging baskets are certainly a traditional way to decorate the outside of your home, however, we don’t think that this makes them old-fashioned. Hanging baskets will be in style as long as folks choose to display them on their walls, and these planters show no sign of going out of fashion yet.
Are hanging baskets out of fashion?
A general rule of thumb when planting a hanging basket is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter – so 12 plants per 30cm (12″) hanging basket. The only exception to this is when you use strong-growing plants such as Fuchsias and Geraniums (Pelargoniums).
11 Cascading Plants (For Retaining Walls & Pots)
11 Cascading PlantsCascading plants are types of plants with a specific growth habit producing multiple canes that flow down to create a beautiful waterfall effect. Cascading plants, also known as trailers or spillers, naturally grow on the ground, but when given some elevation, they create gorgeous jungle-like coverage on retaining walls.These plants are used in architecture to cover the facade of a building with lush greens or placed in hanging baskets in gardens, terraces, or balconies. Numerous types of cascading plants exist, including flowering plants, greenery, and even fruit-bearing plants.Below is a list of the best cascading plants.English IvyThe English Ivy (Hedera helix) is a species of evergreen vine plant native to Europe and western Asia. This plant is recognizable by its thick, dark green leaves with three to five lobes when young that become lobeless when the plant matures. When blooming, the ivy produces small, white flowers.The English ivy grows in zones 4 to 9, in part shade or even full shade, and prefers moist and fertile soils. Growing English ivy outside under a hardy tree like the Japanese umbrella pine provides perfect conditions for the plant’s quick growth. If grown inside, the ivy will need some indirect sunlight to develop and can be placed near a window or on a shaded balcony or terrace.The English ivy vine blooms in the fall, producing tiny green and white flowers that may be unnoticeable under its thick leaves. The plant grows very quickly and can grow several feet in both height and width in a year. As English ivy is a climbing plant, it can climb up to almost 100 feet.Dichondra (Silver Falls)Dichondra (Dichondra argentea) — also called silver falls — is a beautiful evergreen, cascading plant known for its delicate silver-green leaves. It has small rounded leaves reminiscent of a water lily shape.Dichondra plants thrive in zones 8 to 10, in warm and sunny climates. The plant is native to southern states and Latin American countries, like Mexico. It prefers sandy soils and can easily survive heat and short periods of drought, recovering quickly from withering when watered. Water these plants weekly to ensure steady growth.The Dichondra blossoms in the late spring and early summer, but its small, yellow flowers are not particularly noticeable among its rich, silver leaves. The plant grows up to 4 inches in height and over 3-4 feet wide. Plant Dichondras 5 inches apart to ensure rich coverage over time.Speckled Spur FlowerThe speckled spur flower (Plectranthus ciliatus) is a unique evergreen ground cover plant that provides a wonderful cascading effect. The plant gets the name from its rich-purple leaves covered with purple fuzz. It has harmonious oval leaves with beautiful ornamentation.The speckled spur flower is a species of tropical plant native to Africa. It prefers sandy soil and warm climates, but does not do well under direct sunlight, making it perfect to grow in zones 9 to 11. Grow speckled spur flowers in shady areas or, if kept indoors, avoid placing the plant near sunny windows.The blooming season for the speckled spur flower is late summer and early autumn, during which it develops small, white flowers that are not as impressive as the leaves of the plant. Speckled spur flowers can grow up to 20 inches in height.Sweet Potato VineThe sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) is a bright-green ornamental vine plant, popular among gardeners who place it in accent containers or use the plant as ground cover. The plant has characteristic greenish-yellow pointed leaves and develops insignificant flowers during the blooming season.The sweet potato vine plant is native to South American tropical regions. It’s best suited for zones between 9 and 11. The sweet potato vine thrives in full sun and needs at least 6 hours a day for proper development. It…
Cascading Perennials – Portland Nursery
Cascading Perennials | Portland Nursery All great gardens include a good bit of hardscaping, in fact, your urban garden probably has hardscaping features that you don’t even think of as features. Most houses in Portland are raised above street level, so what happens between foundation level and street level? A rocky slope? A rock or concrete retaining wall? What about the edges of the driveway, is the ground around them higher or lower? Would it look better with some flowers spilling onto it? The following are plants for softening the transitions from hardscape to garden, which will go a long way toward making a house and yard look like a home and garden. Featured Plants Aubrieta: Rock Cress What’s that long, luxurious cascade of color so covered in flowers that there are no leaves to be found? It’s Aubrieta of course. The Axcent™ series of Aubrieta comes in rich, saturated purples and pinks that do an excellent job of softening hardscaping and trailing over walls. They bloom March through April in full sun and average soil. These deciduous plants grow 4-6” tall and trail 14-18” long. Cold hardy to zone 3 Phlox subulata: Creeping Phlox The hillsides in the Gorge and through-out the Cascades are covered with pastel blankets of color from our three native species of creeping phlox. Garden varieties of creeping phlox are gentle evergreen spilling perennials that flower in pinks, light blue, lavender and white. They grow 2-4” high and trail 12-20” long in full to part sun, well-drained soil and regular water to establish plants. Cold hardy down to zone 3. Iberis sempervirens: Candy Tuft Some years the crisp white flowers of candy tuft start as early as February! The clusters of pure white flowers bloom well into May and the leaves are evergreen! They thrive in full to part sun and well-drained soil. Hardy to zone 3. Iberis sempervirens ‘Purity’ is the most common growing 10” tall and spilling up to 24” over time. Iberis ‘Little Gem’ is compact growing 6” tall and spilling 12-18” long. Cold hardy to zone 3. Read about more varieties and care on our Iberis Feature Page. Special Considerations: This combination will fill 4-5’ across a wall. If you have a lot of space to cover, consider repeating these 3 plants over and over, or planting them in large groups of each one. Also, these 3 together will make a spectacular floral show in spring, but for season long interest, consider later-blooming additions such as Parahebe olsenii, Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ (Summer), Nepeta (Summer), Sedums or Helianthemum (May-June).
The Best Cascading Plants For Retaining Walls
The Best Cascading Plants For Retaining Walls – Meyer Landscape Retaining walls are necessary for many yards, and they can help add a sense of structure to the landscape while improving usable space and preventing erosion. Retaining walls are typically built with attractive materials that suit the style of your yard, but sometimes they can seem a little plain or just downright dull. Adding some gorgeous plants to trail over the edges of your retaining wall is sure to give it more personality and soften those hard edges. There are plenty of different plants that will cascade beautifully over the edges of retaining walls, from flowers to fruits and veggies. Bring some vibrancy and personality to the hardscaping in your Quad Cities landscape with these gorgeous trailing plants. Cascading Flowering Plants Creeping Phlox is one of those hardy perennial plants that will spread and spill beautifully over the edges of a retaining wall. Its foliage is evergreen and blossoms from mid to late summer. Garden varieties of Creeping Phlox are available in shades of pink, purple, lavender, and pale blue. Trailing Lobelia can technically be a perennial, but it is pretty tender, so most people grow it as an annual. It mounds up to 6 inches tall and trails over the sides of its container. It features cute, lobed blossoms. While it is available in a few different colors, the most popular color is the deep blue variation since a “true” blue is a rare color to come by in garden plants. Creeping Thyme is a low-growing perennial that forms a dense mat of tiny leaves. There are a few different varieties of ground-covering thyme, with different blossoms, leaf colors, and textures. When Creeping Thyme blooms, the leaves are almost entirely obscured by flowers! Thyme will spread down the side of retaining walls, and if the wall is made of brick or stone, this perennial plant will likely anchor itself in the spaces within the masonry. Cascading Foliage Plants Virginia Creeper is a fast-growing deciduous perennial plant featuring large dark green leaves that will add plenty of visual interest to your retaining wall. The leaves turn a beautiful crimson red and bear attractive bunches of dark purple berries in the fall. Virginia Creeper will climb all over a retaining wall and will eventually completely cover the wall if left alone. Silver Falls Dichondra is a beautiful trailing option; it is an annual here in Illinois. It features pretty, fan-shaped silvery-green leaves, and spreads with runners that cascade with long strands of silver foliage. Creeping Jenny is a low-growing groundcover that features alternating round golden-green leaves. These perennial plants will spill over the edges of retaining walls with long tendrils of foliage. Non-traditional Cascading Plants Besides flowers and foliage, there are a few edible plants that will cascade over the edges of any planting location, including retaining walls. So, if you want a unique cascading plant for your retaining wall that will also bear some tasty fruit or veggies in the process, try these! Strawberries spread quite quickly via their runners and will drape down over a wall, contrasting their vibrant red berries against the wall’s stones or bricks. While they’re not technically cascading, Scarlet Runner Beans will also spread quickly across any surface, they can climb, and they feature beautiful brilliant red blossoms. Cucumbers will also trail and climb, making it reasonably easy to pick the delicious home-grown cukes. Runner Beans and cucumbers will do better if planted at the bottom of a retaining wall to climb up. Our team here at Meyer proudly builds some of the Quad Cities’ most beautiful hardscaping…
15 Best Cascading Plants for Retaining Walls
15 Best Cascading Plants for Retaining Walls – Garden Lovers ClubA retaining wall can be an eyesore, depending on its location and design. Yet, it may be necessary to keep your soil in place, keep water from pooling near your home’s foundation, or for another purpose. One possible solution is to plant beautiful cascading plants along it to add beauty to your landscaping.As with all plants chosen for your yard, consider how much sunlight the area gets, your growing zone, and many other factors.Here are the 15 best cascading plants for retaining walls.Creeping PhloxCreeping phlox grows in zones 3 to 9. This option puts on lush blankets of tubular flowers in mid-spring. While bluish-purple flowers are the most common, you can find pink, red or white choices in this sun-loving plant. While creeping phlox seldom grows to be over 6-inches tall, it can spread to be 2-feet wide. If your retainer wall is in an area with sandy soil, be sure to consider this option.Candy TuftCandytuft is a springtime bloomer that grows in zones 3 to 8. Large flattened clusters of white flowers appear in the early spring, and they may become pinkish before summer. This plant that is evergreen in warmer climates and semi-evergreen in cooler ones has leathery, oblong leaves that are incredibly narrow. Expect each plant to grow to be about 12-inches tall and 18-inches wide. It is not unusual for this plant to spread by putting down new roots where it touches the ground.ClematisYou can find over 65 varieties of clematises, so one or more may be perfect for your environment if you live in zones 4 to 9. Enjoy more flowers on this plant that blooms from early spring to late fall depending on the chosen variety by planting this option in the full sun. You can find a wide variety of blooms, depending on the type selected. While some options grow to be only about 6-feet tall, others will grow to be over 20-feet tall. Some options put on colorful seed heads after the flowers fade.LobeliaYou can find over 415 different varieties of lobelias. If you live in growing zones 4 to 8, you can find one or more options that will thrive in your growing zone. Some are annuals that stay shorter than 6 inches, while others are perennials that can grow to be over 20-feet tall. Most options, mostly the annuals, prefer the shade. Deadhead these plants after they bloom to allow for better air circulation. While they do not want to stand in water, keep the ground moist for this plant.Creeping ThymeCreeping thyme is a sun-loving plant growing up to 4-inches tall in zones 4 to 8. This plant that is often called mother of thyme puts on many two-lipped flowers in mid-spring that last until early fall. Each flower grows at the terminal end of its thin stem. The leaves on this plant are blue-green. When bruised, they give off a minty fragrance, but this option is usually not used in cooking.Dichondria “Silver Falls”Dichondria “Silver Falls”…
15 of the Best Trailing Plants – DIY Gardening
Trailing Plants: 15 of the Best Cascading Plants for Walls & BasketsBring your tubs, baskets and walls to life this year by choosing from our selection of cascading and trailing plants.Some are better suited to wall tops while others trail beautifully from tubs and baskets.1) Trailing AubrietaAubrieta is the “go-to” plant for rockeries where it cascades majestically over large boulders; it can also trail 60cm+ over the top and down the front of garden walls – it can even grow from cracks and gaps (see photo).Easy to maintain and producing hundreds of delightful small blooms from March through to May, aubrieta is perfect for rambling over and down walls, rocks and boulders in the spring.Key points: Full hardy in the UK and prefers a sunny spot. Easy to grow and maintain, only requiring a yearly prune after flowering. There’s no need to worry about water or fertiliser as once established, aubrieta looks after itself.Recommended variety: Aubrieta Purple Cascade.Best for: Rockeries, over rocks, wall crevices, over edges.2) Phlox as a Trailing PlantPhlox is often regarded as a creeper but also looks stunning when it drapes over the edges of pots and walls where it flows as well as any trailing plant.Expect phlox to spread by up to 60cm and in the spring will produce hundreds of star-shaped blooms.This low-growing perennial evergreen is drought tolerant and easy to maintain, making it perfect for growing in wall crevices.Key points: Full hardy in the UK and prefers a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Prune after flowering to keep phlox in check and to prevent the stems from becoming bare and leggy. Phlox is low growing but spreads up to 60cm, making it perfect for hanging over low walls, edgings, rocks, boulders and tubs.Recommended variety: Phlox ‘McDaniels Cushion’.Best for: Wall crevices, over the edges of tubs and draping over rocks.3) LobeliaLobelia produces masses of small purple or blue blooms from June through to September and with a spread of around 35cm, it’s the perfect choice for summer hanging baskets, tubs and troughs where it can spill over the edges.The best lobelias for a cascading effect are annuals and they need a sunny spot with reliably moist soil. Prune once in the summer to encourage new growth.Key points: Best grown as an annual in moisture retentive compost either in a basket, pot or trough where it can hang over the edges. Feeding tip: Feed with a high nitrogen fertiliser every two weeks until early summer as this will produce long trails, then switch to a low-nitrogen feed to encourage more numerous blooms.Recommended variety: Lobelia erinus “Sapphire” (aka trailing lobelia)Best for: Hanging baskets, tubs, troughs and for draping over low walls and garden edgings.4) Ivy GeraniumGeraniums come in several forms, from the bushy hardy geranium to the short-lived bedding plant pelargonium.Ivy geranium is the latter but has a trailing habit and sits beautifully in baskets, over the edges of rubs and along the top of small walls.Key points: Often grown as an annual in the UK and US, it prefers full sun and has a scrambling habit but will trail if grown over an edge. This prolific bloomer produces an avalanche of colour from June to October will trail around 70cm.Feeding tip: Feed regularly during the growing season, as you would other annuals.Best for: Hanging baskets, tubs, troughs, draping over low walls, retaining walls.5) Trailing Plant “Bacopa”This trailing bacopa plant is the perfect companion and is often used to hang over the edges of tubs where the hundreds of small daisy-like blooms compliment, but do not distract from the other plants in the pot.Bacopa can also be used as a groundcover along the edges of paths where it rambles by up to 30cm.Key points: A perennial that’s often grown as an annual in the UK and cooler parts of the US. Low growing…
18 Best Cascading Plants For A Wall Garden
18 Best Cascading Plants For A Wall Garden – GardenTabs.com The vertical wall garden can be a beautiful focal point for your yard or garden. But what do you do if you have a wall or fence that you want to hide? Perhaps you just love the look of a vertical garden overflowing with foliage. What are the best cascading plants for a wall-garden that will take your vertical space from ho-hum to fantastic? As I am planning my own cascading garden to cover up an unsightly looking fence, I have been doing a lot of research and am happy to share my results with you. There are a variety of cascading plants that will thrive in a wall-garden, depending on whether you are looking for plants that bear fruits or veggies, flowering plants, or tumbling greenery. The ideal plants will be lush and full as they cascade down their support creating a full-coverage effect. Below are some of my favorite options: Fruits and Veggies: Strawberries Cherry tomatoes Cascading blackberries or raspberries Vining cucumbers Runner beans Flowering plants: Wave petunias Creeping Phlox Clematis Lobelia- cascade variety Vinca Cascading Roses Creeping Thyme Tumbling Greenery Virginia Creeper Dichondria “Silver Falls” Golden Creeping Jenny Heucherella Sweet Potato Vines English Ivy Each of these types of plants has its own individual growing conditions and care requirements in order to make the most of their beauty. Keep reading to find out how to choose the plants that are right for your space! Throughout this guide, we’ve linked directly to the products we mention on Amazon – including where I could find seeds and seedling for you to order. Cascading Fruits and Veggies For A Wall Garden If you want to make your wall garden do double duty as a beautiful centerpiece while still growing plants that will fill your dinner table, these are the plants for you! Keep in mind that these plants all do the best where they will have six to eight hours or more of direct sunlight a day. Strawberries A favorite summer fruit, strawberries are shoo-ins for a wall-garden that gets plenty of sun. They have shallow root systems that can grow almost anywhere. They will spread all down your wall as the plants send out runners as they grow. The vertical structure of a wall-garden is ideal for growing strawberries as it keeps the fruit off the ground as it ripens. This will result in healthy fruit that can sun ripen without having to worry about small rodents like rabbits or squirrels getting to your berries before you do. Strawberries like well-drained, sandy soil, and regular fertilization with a good organic fertilizer. You will need to water for just a few days. Click to see this organic fertilizer on Amazon Cherry tomatoes Indeterminate cherry tomatoes are a vining type of plant that will grow multiple vines to cover your garden wall. The vines will need to be trellised in some fashion in order to promote good airflow and to keep the vines orderly. The root system can be planted at the top of your garden, and will need plenty of soil to keep it properly supported. Provide a good fertilizer and water thoroughly every other day as needed to keep the soil moist. Just a couple of these plants will keep you overloaded with cherry tomatoes all summer until the first hard frost. Be prepared to share with friends and family…
14 Cascading Plants for the Garden – HGTV
14 Cascading Plants for the Garden Whether you call them spillers, trailers or cascaders, these plants make great additions to a potted garden or hanging basket for softening edges of the container and helping to blend it into the landscape.