If you need more gardening space, or you just want to try something a little more unique and interesting, consider a vertical garden. There is nothing new about the idea of going up in garden design… hanging planters, trees and arbors and porticos are all examples of taking things skyward. But these DIY vertical gardens are clever and smart, and give your garden a creative edge. So the next time you’re trying to figure out how to find enough space to grow those herbs, or what you can do to liven up a ho-hum garden space, go vertical!
Our feature photo below, is a modern, space saving DIY vertical garden from Chris at ‘Man Made DIY’. He grew veggies in it, but anything is fair game!
Rachel at ‘Shades of Blue Interiors’ wanted a pop of color for her small front porch. Her DIY ladder vertical garden brought that color to eye level and added charm to her porch as well! This is an easy project with inexpensive materials. The key would be an attractive wooden ladder! If you don’t have an authentically old one, consider picking up a cheap wood ladder at a home improvement store and staining it.
Got a roll of rusty metal fence? Or already have a fence that could use a spruce up? 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. This project is from Jill at ‘Sew a Fine Seam‘.
Make succulent frames with this tutorial from ‘Sunset‘. This is a fun project that can turn a patio or balcony space into a really special garden area, even if you have only concrete flooring! Photo from ‘Sky Parlour‘.
‘AKA Design’ built an arbor support for their DIY vertical garden. I love these kinds of container gardens because they are so versatile. This could be all moss, ferns, succulents, herbs, or flowers. Use a color theme or all the colors you can. Trailing plants or mounding ones. Having the same pot throughout ties it all together. Great tutorial!
This vertical herb garden trellis wall from Carrie at ‘Making Lemonade’ is perfect for adding some shade to a window with none, or just making fresh herbs easily accessible from the kitchen door! Simple project anyone can do with ordinary trellis from the home improvement store and some Ikea pots. Plus, I love her theory on how important it is to take care of yourself! (Go read it, the whole deck makeover is so cute!)
Love this DIY suspended vertical garden from ‘The Heathered Nest’ via ‘Remodelaholic’. This project is made with some simple pots and galvanized wire, and they walk you through it step by step. They even make suggestions on how you can customize it!
This DIY outdoor succulent wall garden from ‘Sugar & Cloth’ was made using an unfinished hand rail and used paint tins! Love how clever this is.
Lovin’ on this DIY simple modern vertical wall garden from ‘The Fresh Exchange’. Would love to grow container veggies in this! This is made with felt from the fabric store, believe it or not!
This vertical garden DIY is from ‘Numi Tea Blog’, and is made from ordinary rain gutters. I wonder if we could figure out a way to mount these to a stone block wall? :)
Last, learn how to plant a vertical garden from ‘Front & Main’, the blog of ‘West Elm’. This project would look amazing indoors or out on a covered patio. Simple and awesome!
Get creative! No matter how small or boring your garden space, there is always a way to create your own amazing little bit of green earth!Image Credits: Sugar & Cloth, Man Made DIY, Shades of Blue, Sew a Fine Seam, sky-parlour.blogspot, AKA Design, Making Lemonade, Remodelaholic, The Fresh Exchange, Numi, The Rainforest Garden, Front & Main