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Growing Plants on Rock Walls

I have some rock walls that I would like to have sedum and vinca grow in the wall. I've tried adding some dirt and in some places that was easy. But the vinca died, which I thought was supposed to be a hardy plant. I've been transplanting stuff for years so this isn't a new thing. Any ideas why it died? My neighbor has it all over her walls and it is beautiful.

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Also, and suggestions on how to anchor some other plants to the walls?
Thanks.

By Mindy from Terrebonne, OR

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

And I should add that the rock wall is vertical, literally a wall with no slope. thanks!

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July 15, 20110 found this helpful

You don't say how much soil was there for the vinca roots. With insufficient soil, the roots die off very quickly. I have hen and chicks in my rock wall, and they do well there. I put them in as I built the wall, so they can root into the soil behind them. I've tried adding plants after the wall was built, but didn't have any luck. Hope this helps.

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