Plant a drywall

Dry stone walls are traditionally built over the centuries walls that are held together without cement or other glue. Especially in southern Germany and in wine-growing regions, they are omnipresent. This also testifies to the enormous stability that emanates from these natural stone walls. This can be additionally strengthened by a planting in a drywall. In addition, a planted drywall but also a beautiful eye-catcher. Afterwards, we have compiled for you information that is important for planting a drywall.

The advantages of planting a drywall

Dry stone walls are often used in the garden to separate two levels of different levels visually appealing from each other. Especially in a garden, planting a drywall brings numerous other advantages:

  • Stability of the drywall is sustainably promoted
  • visually very appealing
  • a clear design element
  • Creation of a small natural stone biotope
  • as a result ecologically particularly valuable

The choice of the right plants

But a drywall can not be planted at will. Most importantly, you must use plants that still thrive in extreme conditions. But that's not enough. The various areas of the drywall provides plants with completely different microclimates. To do this, you must first differentiate the drywall by its important areas:

  • Foundation and wall base (wall foot)
  • lateral wall area with numerous joints and cracks
  • coping

The different microclimates on a drywall

While the area around the wall base is well protected against frost in winter, the real weather extremes prevail on the wall. In summer, these range from very hot and long-term dry to frozen, icy, rain, snow and wind massively exposed in winter.

Therefore, the plants for the drywall must first be selected according to these specific requirements. So on the mural crown plants that get along with hot temperatures, massive temperature fluctuations and at times very little water.

Planting on the wall crown

Nevertheless, you can improve the microclimate for the plants by planting. To do this, plant the central wall crown with pillow-forming plants. This stores moisture and at the same time protect against massive temperature fluctuations. In summer they have a cooling effect, in winter they protect against extreme cooling.

Planting of the lateral wall joints

Laterally at the wall crown you reach the same effect with hanging plants for the drywall. On the actual sidewalls of the drywall, you need plants that can root well and work their way through to the topsoil (through the joints).

Planting the wall base

In the base area you can settle on the other hand half-height and also somewhat frost-sensitive plants. However, the actual selection depends on other factors. For example, you need to consider the orientation by cardinal points. On the north side, the microclimate is different than on the south side. The same applies of course to the western weather side.

Position and orientation of a drywall

So it's also important to determine what the sun's rays will be like in the course of a day. In addition, it must be considered whether the drywall may be under shady shrubs and trees, or even in the blazing sun. According to these criteria you select the planting for the drywall as follows:

  • sunny, hot and dry
  • Planting for partial shade zones
  • Planting for shadow zones

When is the drywall best planted?

In addition, you should make the planting of a drywall during the construction of the drywall. It is particularly important to make sure that the mother earth, which has been filled into the joints, is directly connected to the topsoil behind it. Planting while building a drywall has the advantage that the plants can grow much better, because you can bring them much deeper into the joints.

Tips & Tricks

When planting the drywall, pay attention not only to the above-mentioned properties. At least as important is the period of time when these plants flower. In addition to plants that bloom from spring to late autumn, there are also some that bloom only for a few weeks. Further information can be found here: plants for the drywall.

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