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A living wall, or vertical garden, is a collection of wall-mounted plants. Vertical wall gardens are the latest trend in home design and are the perfect way to bring a bit of the outdoors in.

Living walls are not only beautiful but great for the air quality of your home, thanks to the plants that adorn them. According to NASA, plants filter toxins and improve air quality. Besides turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, live plants also absorb harmful VOCs, formaldehyde and benzene, which are off-gassed by fabrics, home fragrance products, rugs, cigarettes and plastic.

When creating a wall or vertical garden, think about how much sun and water the plant will need. Lower maintenance plants such as succulents, ferns and low ground covers are good candidates.

Here are some of the most beautiful indoor and outdoor living wall designs for creating your own vertical garden:

Vertical gardens for the bath

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Greenery behind the tub adds a dramatic nature-spa effect. Image:

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A wall of vibrant green moss works well with the black soapstone tub and zinc frame. Image:

Modern living wall ideas for a stairwell

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Very fine framed boxwood adds a unique touch to the hard-to-work-with space of this stairwell. Image:

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Color and texture are highlighted by using various leaf shapes and colors in this interior vertical garden wall. Image:

Strikingly geometric living wall gardens

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The clean, striped pattern created with succulents and grasses adds to the contemporary look of this wall. Image:

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A unique and colorful living garden wall featuring fluid shapes. Image:

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Nothing but drought-resistant succulents create the green backdrop of this terrace. Image:

Living walls for the pool area

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A colorful and textured vertical wall garden adds some life to this Miami modern home. Image:

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A groovy, wall mounted box garden adds some fun to this Midcentury style pool area. Image:

A minimalist, green living wall

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This zen space for mediation in New York is enhanced by the eco-friendly wall of living plants. Image: 

Vertical garden ideas for a kitchen

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The industrial chic design of this open kitchen-dining area gets some extra warmth with the wall of living plants. Image:

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A hanging wall plant like this one from GroVert can add a bit of living wall design to a smaller space or apartment. Image: 

A striking, vertical living work of art

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A variety of colorful and variegated-leaf plants in a boxed frame are the centerpiece of this home’s atrium. Image:

Living room live green wall ideas

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The vertical garden in this Denver living room flows seamlessly with the rest of the home’s LEED Platinum design. Image:

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Family-friendly, cheerful and contemporary style complete with a fresh, green wall of live plants. Image:

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A contemporary basement living room that incorporates a vertical living wall adds life to the subterranean space. Image:

Architectural exterior wall gardens

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Contemporary architecture highlighted by a large, corner living wall. Image:

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A small, contemporary home accented by a wall-mounted vertical garden. Image:

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A wall of greenery continues the garden’s design onto the small guest house’s main exterior wall. Image:

Outdoor living wall ideas

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Outdoor living that blends garden and interior design. Image:

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A low-maintenance terrace that still manages to include greenery and plants that require little care. Image:

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A wall-mounted living wall adds contemporary botanical design to this outdoor patio. Image:

Modern vertical gardens for the dining room

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A cool, industrial-style loft features a living wall made with recycled pallets. Image:

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Walls of easy-to-grow Pothos can be created with a planter and a wall-mounted trellis that the vines can grow vertically on. Image:

Succulent hanging wall planter for the bedroom

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A framed living wall box serves as the centerpiece in the coastal-style bedroom. Image:

A home office featuring a wall-mounted garden

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Dual vertical gardens were created using rectangular wall pots mounted at an angle. Image:

Boxed living wall planters you can make yourself

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You can create a DIY hanging succulent garden using a shallow crate, chicken wire to hold the soil and plants and a selection of succulents. Image:

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A recycled driftwood frame around the living wall box mirrors the garden’s concrete planters. Image:

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An oversized hanging wall garden adds some design interest to an ordinary cedar fence. Image:

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A creative way to make your own living wall involves painting old wooden window shutters and converting them into shallow boxers for plants to grow vertically in. Image:

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