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DIY vertical garden tips: how to create a vertical garden

Vertical gardening systems are on the rise! Join the trend with our guide on how to create a vertical garden.


three plants in colourful pots

If you like to garden but a lack of space is holding you back, then a DIY vertical garden is the answer to your troubles. A DIY wall garden is a perfect excuse to exercise those green thumbs and, when it comes to creating a DIY vertical garden wall, the possibilities are endless! Learn about vertical gardening systems, the benefits of a vertical garden and how to create your own with these handy vertical garden tips.

Plants in your DIY vertical garden won’t be getting the nutrients normally absorbed from the ground. To keep them healthy, water often and feed them with liquid fertiliser from a spray bottle.

What is a vertical garden?

A vertical garden, also known as a garden wall or living green wall, is a way of growing plants vertically rather than horizontally. Great for city dwellers with little to no outdoor space, a DIY vertical garden can be installed both indoors and outdoors in a variety of ways. While vertical garden systems include the sophisticated self-watering moss walls you see inside fancy buildings, there are many easy ways for you to create a garden that grows up, rather than across.

How to create a vertical garden

DIY wall gardens can be relatively easy to build at home. You can make a vertical wall garden using a trellis, fencing, wall pockets, hanging baskets, shelves or any other structure upon which plants can grow vertically. No matter what sort of DIY wall garden you decide on, always follow these general steps:

  1. Assess your available space and work out where you want your DIY vertical garden wall to go.

  2. Decide which types of plants you would like to grow. You may want flowers, herbs, greenery or vegetables, for instance.

  3. Assess the space, along with the plant type, in order to identify the most suitable structure on which to grow your DIY wall garden. Consider factors important to the health of the plants, such as sunlight and ease of watering.

  4. Prior to planting, make sure you know how big and heavy each plant in your wall garden can be expected to grow. Don't overfill it and don't choose anything that could get too heavy.

Vertical garden ideas

Now that you know how to start creating your own vertical garden it's time to get inspired with some creative garden wall ideas so you can put your plan into practice:

  • Rescue an old pallet and turn it into a rustic, vertical pallet planter - great for herbs and vegetables.

  • Hang pot plants vertically from a trellis in just about any way imaginable.

  • Different sized pots, stacked in decreasing size order and placed inside each other with a centre rod to support them makes for a tidy, space-saving look.

  • Use a shoe divider to make a pocket vertical wall garden.

  • Consider other structures, such as archways, A-frames, pergolas and (for those working within a confined space) shelving.

What are the benefits of a vertical garden?

Besides making your space feel instantly more alive, here are some of the benefits of having a vertical garden:

  • Maximises space: if space in your garden is limited, then a vertical garden can help you add greenery without cluttering things up.

  • Makes your home more appealing: let your creativity shine through in your plant and colour choice and make your place feel more homely with a DIY wall garden.

  • Adds privacy: stop nosy neighbours’ prying eyes with a DIY vertical garden wall divider or create a walled-off space within your own property.

  • Blocks out unwanted views: cover an unsightly air conditioning unit or any other ugly eyesores with a vertical gardening system.

  • Saves your back: a DIY vertical garden means you don’t have to bend down as far to tend your plants!

As you’ve no doubt discovered, there are myriad of options when it comes to creating your very own DIY vertical garden wall. A vertical wall garden is a great option to add natural appeal to your property, even if you’re really short on space. Get creative and dream up the best option to suit you!

  • Identify where you want the DIY vertical garden to grow.

  • Know what type of plants you want to grow.

  • Decide which type of DIY vertical garden structure will work best in your chosen area.

  • Consider how large each plant will grow before planting. Don't overfill.

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