10 Best Ornamental Plants for Your Green Wall


Green Walls are the most striking décor you can introduce into your home. They are alive, ever changing and bring with them a host of benefits for the gardener and the space that they’re in. Green Walls, or Vertical Gardens, can be made up of ornamental or productive indoor plants, that is, plants which are nice to look at, or plants that are edible, such as herbs.

In this post, we’ll be looking at ornamental indoor plants for your Green Wall. More specifically, the 10 easiest ornamental indoor plants to use to create your Green Wall at home. We’ve selected the list using the following two criteria:

  • Plants that look great together – a balance of color, textures, shapes and foliage. Vertical Gardens look best when a lush variety of different plants are combined.
  • Plants that have similar care preferences – you can’t selectively care for each individual plant on your Green Wall, you’ve got to take care of them as an ensemble. As such, your plants have got to like similar amounts of light, water, humidity and fertilizer.

This list contains some of the most popular indoor plants, including Ferns, Bromeliad, Hostas and Maranta. The Groups often have similar care preferences, so you could easily substitute one of the plants listed below with another one, e.g. a Boston Fern for a Button Fern.

Ok, so here’s the list of 10 Best Ornamental Plants for Your Green Wall at Home:

  1. Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus Radicans)

A free flowering species with shiny green leaves and striking red elongated flowers that flower almost throughout the year, providing a reliable dash of delicate color. The plant cascades downwards for up to 5 feet, so best to place at the bottom of your Green Wall.

  1. Wedding Vine (Stephanotis Floribunda)

These are quick growing plants, with fragrant flowers, that tend to grow upwards. The runners can extend up to 20 feet in length, so pruning will be required. The Wedding Vine is ideally placed in a corner of your Green Wall, from where you can steer its vines in any direction you like, without obstructing the splendor of its neighbors.

  1. Plantain Lily (Hosta ‘Patriot’)

A tough, hardy plant with beautiful white-edged, perennial leaves. The Plantain Lily adds variety to your Vertical Garden without drawing too much attention to it. Place it somewhere in the center of your Green Wall, as they grow outwards and slightly upwards, without getting too large. Consider adding a second or third Hosta variety, such as Hosta ‘Undulata’ or Hosta ‘Wide Brim’.

  1. Crotons (Codiaeum Variegatum Pictum)

A shrub-like plant with bold colorful leaves. This plant is well placed in the center of your Green Wall, as it grows outwards. Be mindful however of not placing them too close together, as they do fill out over time.

  1. Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)

Every house, no every room, needs a Prayer Plant, with its exquisitely detailed and tastefully colored leaves that close at night! This beauty grows outwards, so is well placed in the center of your Green Wall. Take care to prune it in the Fall to promote new growth and to keep the leaves packed tight.

  1. Flaming Sword (Vriesea Splendens)

Another essential Green Wall plant, with its unique zebra-striped leaves and dazzling rosette flowers. Place this plant at the sides of the Green Wall or at the top, as this will give them pride of place. You may need patience, your Flaming Sword is often in no hurry to flower, but luckily its stunning leaves make up for that!

  1. Queens Tears (Billbergia Nutans)

The best part of the Queens Tears are its beautiful multi-colored flowers, which drop downwards in a pleasing array. As such, they are best placed at the bottom ridge of your plant array. Its thin, elongated leaves create a green neutral balance to the other plants, when not in bloom, making this a versatile Green Wall companion.

  1. Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus)

A broad-leafed, spade-shaped plant which can grow in a bunch or can creep, depending on how you tend it – just see how you like it. Typically, Satin Pothos likes to grow downwards, so place along the outer edges of your Green Wall. Its contribution is that it adds some diversity of shapes, and with its white-green speckled leaves, lets the flowering plants stand out more.

  1. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)

An old-time favorite, this reliable, care-friendly fern adds a satisfying dash of lime-green color to your Vertical Garden. Individual fronds can grow up to 3 feet in length, so you may need to trim them from time to time, to prevent them from covering other plants. Boston’s are well placed in the center of the Green Wall, as they add volume and texture.

  1. Asparagus Fern (Asparagus Densiflorus)

Despite the name, this isn’t a true fern, nor is it related to the Asparagus vegetable. The long green, trailing stems of the Asparagus Fern create delicate textures in your plant array, as well as a not-too-coy dash of fuzzy lime green. Place it anywhere in your Green Wall, as they are great company to any neighboring plant.  You may just need to trim the trailing stems, which can get up to 3 feet in length.

Have any suggestions for great Green Wall Plants yourself? Pop them in the Comments below. 


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  • Donovan Kirkwood

    Hi, love your site – great design. Just wanted to alert you that Boston Fern is a listed invasive and may no longer be grown or kept in most of the country. http://invasives.org.za/component/k2/item/284-sword-fern-nephrolepis-exaltata


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