Vertical gardening is a way to maximize your gardening space and make a big impact with plants.
Wall-mounted planters: Install these 'pocket planters' on a sunny wall or fence. They have individual compartments where you can plant a variety of herbs, flowers, or small vegetables. They are easy to install and can be arranged in various patterns to create a visually appealing display - and you can add as many or as little as you wish.
Trellises and supports: Utilize trellises, stakes, or cages to grow climbing plants. These structures provide support for the plants to grow upward, saving space and allowing the plants to receive ample sunlight.
Pallet gardens: Recycle wooden pallets by attaching landscaping fabric or burlap to the back and sides of the pallet, fill it with soil, and plant your desired plants in the gaps between the slats. Pallet gardens are great for growing herbs or small vegetables.
Tower planters: Tower planters are vertical structures with multiple stacked containers that allow you to grow plants in a compact space. You can buy pre-made tower planters or even make your own by stacking containers of decreasing size on top of each other. These planters work well for growing annual flowers, herbs, or strawberries.
Living walls: Living, or green, walls are vertical gardens that cover entire walls with plants. They can be created using modular systems or custom-built structures. Living walls can be a bit more complex to set up, but they offer a stunning visual impact and can be filled with a variety of plants.
Make sure you have a good water source to keep the plants evenly moist. Use lightweight and well-draining soil mix to avoid excessive weight on vertical structures.
The key to vertical gardening is using plants with shallow roots (annual flowers, strawberries, herbs, veggies like lettuce and spinach). Any trailing or climbing plant can be grown vertically as long as they have the right conditions and proper support.
Other plants to grow include annual vines, sedums and succulents, small ferns, and houseplants.