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Living Wall Planted with Nasturtiums

I love growing nasturtiums, but I had never thought of them as plants that could be used in a living wall. Living walls and vertical gardens are usually planted with low growing plants-primarily succulents-that, to me, don't make me want to go out and install a living wall. Although, this living wall planted with nasturtiums is giving me ideas.

nasturtium living wall Chicago Botanic Garden

I photographed this living wall planted with nasturtiums at the Chicago Botanic Garden last year and I've returned to the picture several times when I needed a fix of color over the dreary winter. I'm not sure what kind of living wall system the nasturtiums are growing in, but I can tell you the nasturtium varieties chosen here are the mounding type.

Mounding nasturtiums for which you can easily buy seeds for include 'Creamsicle,' 'Dwarf Cherry Rose', and 'Jewel Mix' among others. 'Spitfire' and 'Moonlight' are two trailing types of nasturtium that you could also plant in a living wall system. Nasturtiums are easy to start from seeds, and the leaves and flowers are edible. Saving nasturtium seeds is really easy too. Do I need to give you 5 Reasons Why I grow Nasturtiums? Grow some in your garden this year.


  1. One thing that I read today about vertical gardening is that, despite the challenges, you don't need to stoop!

  2. they are yummie too, did you know that ?

  3. What a fun idea! I used to love nasturtiums and haven't had them in ages. May need to put them on the list. thanks.

  4. I ordered some from Renees this year as part of their Media Packet and can't wait to plant them in my vegetable garden. I love the idea of them keep the aphids off of my other plantings.


  5. this loooks so beautiful.

  6. Pretty cool! I should give the mounding type of nasturtiums a try. I was a little underwhelmed by the climber I tried, but that might just have been a not-enough-sun issue.

  7. @" me " -- What do you do with them? Salad? Stir fry? Other?

  8. I'm growing nasturtium in my garden! I love them they're so pretty. They haven't flowered yet but they're growing the fastest out of all the plants we've planted. When they flower I'm going to give them a try in my salads. :)



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