Some of the materials and plants featured in this post were supplied by Dobbies Garden Centres, but all opinions are my own. 

At the end of last year, I saw a preview of a new living wall system Dobbies Garden Centres were introducing into their range. Dobbies were pretty excited about it, as they were becoming the first garden centre to introduce this concept for the everyday homeowner, and I was pretty excited as I’d recently installed one at a client’s, and knew how eye-waveringly expensive the professional set-ups could be. Dobbies had also shot some beautiful imagery with the wall inside a home, using houseplants instead of garden plants.

Credit: Dobbies Garden Centre

Credit: Dobbies Garden Centre

As we were just about to move into the new house, I reached out to Dobbies about a potential collab, and before I knew it I was throwing a few Wonderwall planters in my trolley, and browsing the houseplant section at one of their stores. It's a national chain, however, it hails from Scotland, so it's a bit more prevalent up north. My nearest was Gillingham, but I actually stopped off at the Milton Keynes one on the way back from seeing friends. Biggest turn up for the books? Dobbies homewares range is really good... like really. 

Anyway, to see how I got on, take a look at the video below, or hop on over to my Youtube channel. One thing I didn't mention is that when it comes to plant size, you need to look for pots that are around 14cm in diameter, especially if you're not planning on re-potting them. I'm not sure if it was because it had just launched, but there wasn't loads and loads of houseplants that fit this bill. I did however pick up the majority from here, including the Monstera Deliciosa and the Rumohra ferns, which are both really great for this wall. 


As a friend rightly pointed out, not only does this living wall act as a bit of wall art, it's also probably improving the air quality in our home no end, so win win for everyone. 

So, let me know what you think. Can you see yourself trying a living wall, either in your home or garden? 

PS. This is the first of hopefully many Youtube videos, so I'd love it if you'd go over and subscribe to my channel

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