*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.
As a Lowe’s Creative Blogger, I was given the challenge of coming up with some Outdoor Décor for our August Challenge. I have been wanting to “hide” the large and ugly retaining wall that is right by outside entrance to our back deck.
We had tried to grow a couple of different plants to hide the wall without a lot of success and I just wasn’t happy with the overall look of the whole area. I knew I wanted something “growing” on the wall but I was not sure how to go about it.
I had seen some grass walls but many of the ones I had seen required drilling into the concrete and we didn’t want to get that involved with this project. I thought about doing a pallet garden, but after a bit of research we decided to come up with our own design :)!
We made it so that it was free standing and did not have to hang on the wall. We have secured it and buried it deep into the dirt so that it is stable and will not blow over in the wind. We plan to store it in the garage during the winter months.
I will be sharing our tutorial here in a later post in case any of you are interested in making your own or making something similar. If you are interested in how we made the large redwood flower planter that is sitting on top of the retaining wall, you can find the tutorial here:
I am really happy with how it turned out. I was worried that the dirt would spill out once we stood it up and that the flowers would be unable to grow in the planter. This is a south facing wall and gets about 8 hours of full sun every day. The only thing is that you have to be pretty careful when you water it and just use a light sprinkling of water otherwise it is easy to wash out some dirt. I learned this the hard way :)!
I love how it brings a ton of color and visual interest to the area now. It is actually a nice focal point rather than being a big ugly eye-sore…well…that is…it was. It grew nicely for about 2 months and was filling out rather nicely…(we work 3 months ahead with Lowe’s so we actually made this in early May and had to wait till August to post it) then we went on vacation for a week. Our automatic sprinkler that we had specifically set to water both the vertical garden and the DIY Flower Planter on top of the wall (a tall pop up sprinkler) somehow stopped working. A week of 90-100 degree temps without water killed all of the flowers. :/ I will share a picture of the deadness when I share the tutorial. (#keepingitreal)
Ugh! I thought about replacing them but decided it wasn’t worth the time and efforts this late in the summer and the flower selection was pretty slim this late in the summer. So…we will have to wait for next Spring and replant. But it was really great while it lasted!!
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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team. However all opinions and statements are mine.