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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    I have two walls I'd like to add a bit of life to

    1. The first is a north facing wall only 2m high and 5m wide. As this is the only wall I can see from my kitchen I'd like a bit of all round colour / interest if possible. There is a section in front of this wall I can put soil on although I have no issue creating a raised border also. There is also the possibility of putting a small aviary against this wall and maybe housing finches or lovebirds

    2. The second is west facing and 3m high and only 2m wide. This is part of my wife's shop front and has a pavement directly in front, so any plant would have to be wall mounted, perhaps a trough stage to the wall low level. Not adverse to this being deciduous as the plant would show a story throughout the year but would have to be very colourful when it does flower

    Both plants would also have to be fast growers to become established....

    Suggestions welcome
    A good candidate for the north facing wall would be pyracantha, which is evergreen and has berries in the autumn which can be yellow, orange or red. It is self supporting and likes to grow against a fence or wall. The west wall could be a living wall of which there are many ways of creating one.
    Well I suppose this is the 'green' building forum...

    Choose a native species with some wildlife value, honeysuckle or ivy perhaps?


    I really dislike birds kept in cages, thats totally not how birds are supposed to live. If you plant something that provides shelter and insects, then native birds will colonise it, we have wrens bringing up a brood in our ivy.
    Some great suggestions there, as the west facing wall is on a shop front wall that abuts to the pavement in thinking done kind of low level planter but wall mounted, any suggestions on best method of construction for this?
    edible veg. runner beans . courgettes etc.
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