Go Vertical! DIY Gardens for Small Spaces

small space vertical garden wall

When gardening in a small space, it can be tough to fit in everything you would like to grow, especially if you are a plant collector. Garden trends make way for vertical gardening, which create growing space where there was none, help keep down garden chores, and can promote healthy growth in your plants. Oh, and they are an easy DIY garden project! So if your garden area is tight, try these five great vertical gardens to get the most of your outdoor space! Go vertical!

Idea 1-

Create simple wooden boxes, each one smaller than the one below, and stack them stair style. Fill with potting soil, and plant the layers. This could be done nearly free by taking apart wooden pallets picked up from local retail stores, and reassembling them into boxes. Creative tip: Plant the whole garden box with the same type of plant, in different colors or varieties for each level.

small space vertical garden ideas


Idea 2-

Got an old dresser? This is a charming cottage version of the above idea, but the work is already done for you! With the drawers pulled out and filled with soil, the dresser is bound to be front heavy. Secure it from the back to a fence or post in the ground. Check out the tutorial at Grizzly Bear Modern.

small space vertical gardens diy


 Idea 3-

Got an ugly metal fence? Punch holes in simple metal or plastic containers, and hang onto the fence with an s-hook. Plant with your fav flowers or herbs! Remember, keep the containers small enough so that the fence will hold the weight when they are full of soil.

small space vertical garden fence


Idea 4-

Got an old wooden ladder you wouldn’t dare step foot on anymore? Chances are, it’s plenty strong enough to hold its share of plants! Lean against a wall or tree, and secure with a few screws if necessary. Love this!



 Idea 5-

Create a vertical garden frame to hang on a wall. Be aware, these are heavy! However, they are stunning, especially when planted with succulents, herbs, or rock garden plants. In a shallow wooden box or frame, (how about an old frame from a thrift store, for some style?) staple a sheet of chicken wire over the top. Fill packed with soil. Using the end of a wooden spoon, insert small plant starts through the chicken wire into the soil, and pack down. Water well and leave on the ground for 2 weeks before you hang to give the roots a plant to take hold. Hang with heavy duty hangers! Great stuff!

small space vertical garden framed


No matter how small your garden space, there is always a way to create your own little bit of green earth!

Image Credits: sewafineseam, sky-parlour.blogspot, apartmenttherapy, grizzlybearmodern


  1. How much water do you need for these, can you plant the. In the winter please e-mail.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Depends on what kind of plants you choose. Let us know what you are thinking of and we will try to help you.

      • So with the plants u have pictured – can they just be misted heavily instead of watered?

        • Kathy Woodard says:

          They probably are going to need an occasional watering to get the water deep into the roots, although an occasional misting may be enough!

  2. Heloisa K says:

    i really like the vertical “framed” style, would it be a good idea for indoors herbs?

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Heloisa, I think it would be great for indoor herbs! The only issue I think would be taking it down to water it, and letting it drain completely before rehanging… Any other readers have a vertical garden indoors?

  3. So cool! Making a cinderblock garden eith some vertical type ideas. Thank you! Just wanted to say gardening helps my stressful life, and takes me away from my worries about my elderly mother with dementia. At least for a while! Love your inspiration !!!❤

  4. I have bought everything to make this, question is how do you give it a good watering?do I have to take them down each time?

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      It is really porous, so we just soak it a couple of times with a shower spray, and it works fine!

Speak Your Mind