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‘.

small space vertical garden fence

 

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‘.

small space vertical garden wall

 

‘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? :)

 

Make a cinderblock garden! You can visit our tutorial for our DIY cinder clock vertical planter to get all the instructions. This photo from ‘The Rainforest Garden‘.

 

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!

Go Vertical! Fresh DIY Garden Projects

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




15 Comments

  1. Earleyne November 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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

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    1. Kathy Woodard November 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

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

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      1. Kim February 23, 2014 at 7:43 am

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

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        1. Kathy Woodard February 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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

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  2. Heloisa K March 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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

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    1. Kathy Woodard March 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

      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?

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  3. Suzanne Parvin April 6, 2016 at 4:07 am

    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 !!!❤

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    1. Kathy Woodard April 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thx for the kind words Suzanne, I use gardening for stress relief too!

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  4. marjory April 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    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?

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    1. Kathy Woodard May 3, 2016 at 4:11 pm

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

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  5. Lisa January 22, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Hi Kathy! I know these are older posts but I have just recently come across the vertical gardens email. I so love this idea. My question is when using the tins do you drill a hole in the bottom to allow the water to escape or just add rocks in the bottom? I keep getting conflicting answers to my question. I always look forward to your emails. Thanks for all the fantastic and wonderful inspirations!

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    1. Kathy Woodard January 24, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      The short answer is you can do either… I would always opt for holes in a container when I have a choice, but if I don’t, rocks in the bottom will work… Hope thats helpful!

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  6. Sai Bharath January 25, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Great ideas of indoor gardening and need to try few gardening options from the above. Thanks for sharing such great post.

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  7. Matthew Brandt February 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Kathy, these vertical gardens are a great idea! I have a question about the wooden containers in your feature photo, what is the minimum width you would recommend when building the wooden boxes, to avoid the whole thing tipping over? Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post!

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    1. Kathy Woodard March 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Chis at ‘Man Made DIY’ made this project, and if you go to the post and read to the bottom of the tutorial, he explains he screws it into the wall to secure it. Hope that helps!

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