Australia needs a durable, affordable, soft sided wall planter

Australia needs a durable, affordable, soft sided wall planter

We have a dream. An affordable soft sided vertical garden product for Australia.


Rigid vertical garden planters can be a pain to install. Plus they do not offer the same flexibility that the cloth based systems offer. Take a look at the Woolly Pocket above – see how it can wrap around corners? Vertical Garden Online prefers Woolly Pockets for most of its outdoor living wall projects because it is well made, robust and offers flexible design options. Unfortunately the Woolly Pocket is expensive in Australia as a result of importation costs.

As discussed in Avoid Cheap fabric Wall Planters , there have been dozens of useless Woolly Pocket copycat designs pumped from China  into the Australian market. Thankfully Jamie Durie is about to launch his new fabric planter in early 2014 – Vertical Greenwall Blanket.

Given Jamie Durie has spent time using the Woolly Pocket product in USA and Australia he would be well versed in its excellent design features.

We hope his new product is robust, offers good growing room and allows water to flow from the top to the bottom of the pocket.

After speaking with Durie’s office it appears that the Vertical Greenwall Blanket will be available to purchase online at Jamie Durie’s website in February 2014 and will also be available from BIG W stores throughout Australia.

We are very keen to trial this product and will be posting a review mid 2014.

Here are the product specifications

Large $159 size 1800mm x 1800mm (will be available in three sizes – specifications for the medium and small is not yet available).

  • blanket is made from black recycled PET with waterproof PVC backing
  • unique staggered pocket design with 450mm wide pockets allowing you to plant more mature plants
  • attach it to your fence or wall through the heavy duty brass eyelets
  • a waterproof backing membrane will reduce evaporation and minimize water contact on the wall
  • a 4mm drip line irrigation system is included to ensure a beautiful and healthy greenwall all year round


We should clarify that despite our preference for flexible wall planters there are times when the rigid wall planters are useful and often look neater. Please refer to our Review of Wall Garden for further details on our preferred Rigid Vertical Garden Systems.

Woolly Pocket outshines all the other soft sided wall planters Vertical Garden Online has reviewed to date (for a more detailed review of Woolly Pocket please refer to our Review of Woolly Pockets) .