Vertical Gardens Ideas for Small Spaces

Growing Up

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer


Gardeners will find a spot to grow anything and walls are no exception. Walls and fences are only seen as blank canvases.Vertical gardens are gaining popularity for their ease and ability to fit into tight spaces. Everything from pallets, frames, gutters, and ladders can be turned into growing space for flowers and edibles. Keep reading for some floral inspirations.

Gutters Galore

Gutters are an inexpensive and easy way to have a vertical garden. They attach quickly to fences or can be stacked and hung from ceilings. Make sure to drill drainage holes. These are mainly for lightweight plantings.

 

 

Gutters can be attached to a fence.

Gutters can be attached to a fence.

 

Gutter planters liven up a balcony.

Gutter planters liven up a balcony.

 

Gutters can also be suspended.

Gutters can also be suspended.

Pouches

Pouch systems are pre-made bags that you can string together to make as long or as short as you need. They allow for water flow and when filled in, become almost invisible. They can hold a lot of weight but installation is key. Some systems are individual pouches while some are one long continuous pouch.

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A pouch system is space efficient.

 

Pouch systems can be hung almost anywhere.

Pouch systems can be hung almost anywhere.

 

Pouch systems come in variety of sizes.

Pouch systems come in variety of sizes.

Terra Cotta planters

Ah. The beautiful terra-cotta. I love the patina old planters get and a grid system creates a show-stopping display.

Clay pots on a grid system make a beautiful display.

Clay pots on a grid system make a beautiful design.

Use threaded rods and washers to suspend pots from a ceiling.

 

Clay pots can also be suspended.

Clay pots can also be suspended.

A DIY pergola wall can add architectural interest to a backyard. Cover it with chicken wire and hang pots for a structured look. This would also make a good privacy fence once the plants filled out.

Vertical gardens can be built to size.

Vertical gardens can be built to size.

A pallet can be reused to display flower pots.

Clay pots are attached to a pallet.

Clay pots are attached to a pallet.

Check out this DIY project for a classy way to create an indoor garden.

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Clay pots can be displayed in numerous ways.

 

Cinder Blocks

While cinder blocks aren’t typical garden decor, they make for a graphic modern presentation of a planter wall.

Cinder blocks are used to create a modern vertical garden.

Cinder blocks are used to create a modern vertical garden.

 

Succulents make for a water-wise garden.

Succulents make for a water-wise garden.

Plain concrete blocks don’t have to be boring. Paint them fun colors to coordinate with your outdoor decor.

Dress up cinder blocks with stencils and paint.

Dress up cinder blocks with stencils and paint.

 

Pallet Project

Pallet projects are hot right now and making a vertical garden out of one is relatively simple. This is a great way to squeeze in a few veggies or cascading flowers to add life to your patio.

Pallets make for interesting gardens.

Pallets make for interesting gardens.

 

Pallets are perfect for small patios and balconies.

Pallets are perfect for small patios and balconies.

 

 

A garden can be tucked in anywhere.

A garden can be tucked in anywhere.

Frame It

Succulents are easy maintenance plants that require little water, which makes them great plants for a vertical garden. One of the most popular ways to display them is by framing them. They look great in mass plantings because of all the different colors and textures. Framing them brings attention to these little beauties.

Succulents make pretty framed displays.

Succulents make pretty framed displays.

 

Succulents cascade down a wall.

Succulents cascade down a wall.

 

A succulent montage.

A succulent montage.

 

 

Crates

A great way to reuse wooden crates is to make a garden. Line them with breathable garden mesh, stack them, and viola. Instant cool garden.

Creates are good for low-growing plants.

Creates are good for low-growing plants.

Wine crates come in handy.

Crate gardens can be made in many shapes.

Crate gardens can be made in many shapes.

Even vintage crates can be used to create a small garden.

Vintage soda bottle crates add color.

Vintage soda bottle crates add color.

 

Ladders

This multi-tasking tool just got another job. Plant holder! Old ladders can be repainted and used to display mini gardens of colorful flowers.

A colorful ladder creates a fun backdrop fro plants.

A colorful ladder creates a fun backdrop for plants.

Leaving the worn finish makes a weathered garden feature.

Old tin buckets add to a weathered garden look.

Old tin buckets add to a weathered garden look.

 

A ladder makes an indoor garden.

A ladder makes an indoor garden.

 

Topsy Turvy Planters

These whimsical planters are great for showcasing cascading blooms and fit in the smallest of spaces.

An ombre flower tower adds color to a garden.

An ombre flower tower adds color to a garden.

 

Even side yards can house a vertical garden.

Even side yards can house a vertical garden.

 

Topsy-turvy gardens are whimsical displays.

Topsy-turvy gardens are whimsical displays.

 

Air Plants

Air plants are easy care. They attach themselves to their surroundings and grow without dirt. With over 650 types, there are plenty of textures and colors to use to make a stunning garden, indoor or out.

Air plants are added directly to a wall.

Air plants are added directly to a wall.

 

Air plants thrive with little care.

Air plants thrive with little care.

 

Air plants are nestled in wood.

Air plants are nestled in wood.

Mason Jars

Capture the mason jar craze with this unique planter idea. Line them up and grow fresh herbs for your kitchen or add cascading vines.

Growing herbs is easy in mason jars.

Growing herbs is easy in mason jars.

 

Mason jars make attractive planters.

Mason jars make attractive planters.

 

Line up mason jars to make an herb garden.

Line up mason jars to make a herb garden.

 

 

Tin Cans

Reuse tin cans by turning them into planters. The graphic patterns make great displays or paint them to create a unified design.

 

Painted tin cans make a pretty contrast to the red brick.

Painted tin cans make a pretty contrast to the red brick.

 

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Tin cans are reused as planters.

 

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Tin cans make a unique garden.

 

 

Now there is no excuse for not having a garden. For more ideas, check out The Self Sufficient Living.com

 

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