Plants for Vertical Gardens

Are you thinking of installing a vertical garden? Then you should know that the most important aspect to consider when choosing the ideal plants is to understand the characteristics of the plant wall you will be using. You should also take into account whether the garden will be indoors or outdoors, and the amount of sun or shade available. As professional ecological designers, we are happy to share information about some of the best species of plants for outdoor and indoor gardens, and the ideal lighting that will make your garden grow and thrive. At VIRID we have different options for veggies, herbs, and breathtaking succulents that will capture your eye. Are you ready to create wonderful living walls with us?

Plants For Outdoor Vertical Gardens

Outdoor Plants


These plants are easy to grow and can live a long time. Chemical changes may occur in their leaves, which form additional colours: red, orange, and green pigments. All of them create a visual impact in the garden. They are usually placed in hanging pots to make their flowers stand out, which is why they are best suited for outdoor spaces. 


Native to Australia, these bright green strappy plants grow in dry areas and also wet ones, in shade and in full sun, so you can place them anywhere in your garden. They require low maintenance. They are very resilient and bloom during summer. The scent of their flowers is incredible! 


These plants are often used in outdoor gardens. However, it is important to place them in a moderately shaded area. They do not need much water. In fact, it is advisable to water them only once a week. They flower in summer. 

Nandina Moon Bay

This plant grows best in full sun to part shade position. It grows naturally in Japan, China, and south-east Asia. It displays a range of beautiful colours, from lime green to golden. It is ideal for decorating.


Crassula Buddha’s Temple

This is one of the varieties of succulents. Native to South Africa and Mozambique, it is grown as a houseplant in cooler regions. It is ​​a very interesting plant that forms a square columnar rosette. It requires good light to encourage leaf colour and flowering. 

Donkey’s Tail

If you want to add a donkey’s tail to your succulents’ collection, keep in mind that it is a very fragile plant. It can stay healthier outdoors in tropical climates. It needs a considerable amount of water to keep its leaves beautiful.  


Native to Europe and Asia, this succulent has thick and fleshy leaves and forms evergreen rosettes. It is very easy to grow and requires little attention. It is ideal for rockeries, green roofs, or hanging baskets. It is recommended to water it when the soil is dry to touch. Apply a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of spring.

Herbs and Veggies

French Tarragon

This delightful herb provides delicate flavor almost effortlessly. The fresh leaves are well appreciated in French cuisine. This herb demands little to keep it lush, just regular watering during very dry days. It needs afternoon shade in areas with hot temperatures. Its flowers are tiny and pale green. Its appealing fragrance will permeate your whole kitchen. Could any spring day be finer?

Greek Basil

This delightful herb does not flower, which means its exquisite leaves are produced over a longer season. It grows in tropical, Mediterranean, and subtropical climates. This herb is mainly used to flavor a variety of culinary dishes. It needs full sun, well-drained soil, and extra water on hot summer days. 


Thyme is such a big part of what summer smells like for us! Originally from the Mediterranean, it is a culinary herb that will add fresh flavors to your kitchen. It thrives in hot conditions, loves full sun, and does not need much attention. Planting it in full sun brings the essential oils to the surface of the leaves.

Plants For Indoor Vertical Gardens

Spider plant 

It comes from South Africa, where the climate is warm. It is recommended to keep it in areas where the light intensity is medium. Outdoors and under direct sunlight, they can burn. Humidity should also be in the range of 40%. They are very suitable for vertical gardens because they do not need to be watered very often. 


They are climbing, leafy plants with large leaves that usually grow in the rainforests of Mexico and Argentina. They are native to warm climates and can be used as hanging plants outdoors and also in indoor gardens. It is important that they grow in humid conditions. They are garden shade plants and cannot survive in cold environments.

Devil’s Ivy 

This gorgeous group of vine-like plants is one of the most popular plant families for indoor gardening, as excessive exposure to direct sunlight is detrimental to it. It is important to place it in a moderately shaded area. They do not need much water. In fact, it is advisable to water them only once a week. 


Ferns adapt easily, resist humidity, and are even able to grow in the shade. Because of this, they are one of the most commonly used plants in indoor vertical gardens. 

Creeping Fig

Although they are native to Asia and Australia, they are now found all over the world. They are simple and easy to care for and cannot be exposed directly to the sun. The ideal for these plants is a moderately shaded place. They also do not survive in cold climates.


Hostas are native to northern Asia. They are very leafy, so they have become very popular in vertical gardens. Their leaves can be white or yellow. This detail brings variety and color to any garden. To thrive indoors, hostas require care. They grow best in shade and need plenty of water. 


The popularity of vertical gardens is growing, especially within urban areas. This type of design has the advantage of being able to be built in any space. In theory, any type of plant can be used in vertical gardens, as long as it is provided with an adequate supply of nutrients and water. With these conditions met, you can design a fantastic garden with all kinds of plants.

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Article credit : Michelle Duran


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