I don’t know about you, but I am terrible with house plants. Either I forget to water or I neglect to re-pot when they’ve outgrown their space or the cats decide to tear them to shreds. But after I saw Dana from House Tweaking’s living art frame, I had to give indoor plants one more shot.
I’ve been enamored with the concept of living walls for a long time but never had the guts to go forward. This is a much smaller scale project than a full-blown living wall, so failure is not so painful. And best of all, since the frame rests on the wall, it doesn’t take up valuable tabletop space and the cats can’t mess with it.
For this project all I needed was the living art frame kit which I ordered from Wayfair, potting soil and some house plants.
The kit comes already assembled and has detailed instructions for filling and maintenance.
As you can see, the frame has slanted slots for ten plants. This keeps the plants and the dirt from falling out and making a mess on the floor. There is a built-in watering system so once it’s mounted, you water from the top of the frame and the water trickles down inside the planter. There is a hidden bucket at the bottom to collect excess water.
First, I filled the slots with some soil.
Then I divided up the larger plants and placed them all in their own cubby, covered with more soil and some water, making sure everything was neatly yet gently packed.
And voila, I was done. I set the plants outside for a few hours to soak up the sun and to give the soil some time to rest before mounting.
The kit comes with a bracket you attach to the wall with two screws and then the frame rests on the bracket. Easy enough. A few minutes later, the wall came to life.
I put the frame at the top of our stairs to liven up the boring white wall and so the plants can enjoy the sun beaming down from the skylight. Every time I go upstairs, I smile.
As I stated before, I don’t have a good track record for house plants, so we’ll see how this works out. Good news is if any of the plants don’t make it, I can easily swap out new ones. I might even put some shade-loving annuals in there if all else fails or pop in a few air plants which don’t need soil at all.
Have you had success with house plants? Have you installed a vertical planter or living wall? Would love to have some tips or advice to keep this alive and well!