Inspiration for Trying Vertical Gardening

Vertical Wall Gardening Ideas

I don’t know if you’re aware of vertical gardening, also called vertical wall gardening, but maybe you should be! It’s a really neat concept, and one that can be done on a small scale, on up to grand proportions. Flowers, herbs, or succulents can be grown in the “cubbies” (sections) that are filled with rich planting medium.

I do offer how-to instructions to make a simple vertical garden using a 9-section box, a hanging version using (of all things) a plastic shoe caddy, and even two “fancier” versions using reclaimed gutters in my information-packed eBook The Shoestring Gardener.

For a super-cheap-to-make vertical garden using an old shipping pallet, please take a look at my blog post here.

Vertical Gardening Lends Itself to Indoor or Outdoor Locations

Vertical gardening can be done indoors or out. Obviously (I am assuming here you have some decent knowledge of growing plants, sunlight requirements, your planting zone, etc.) what plants you choose to grow and where are your first considerations.

If outdoors, you’ve got to take into account the length of the plants’ growing season requirements, how little or how much sunlight they can tolerate, how often you will need to water your vertical garden … you get the idea. So, think it through first. πŸ˜‰

If you want to make a display wall of plants for the inside of your home, then again, you’ve gotta think through everything. Will you have to install artificial lighting (and how will you rig that?) in order for your plants to thrive? Do you want year-round veggies, like lettuce and indoor tomato varieties? Once again, providing ample lighting for your garden will be of the utmost importance.

Vertical Planter Styles

Putting aside all the aforementioned planting basics, the style, shape, size, and materials used to construct a vertical garden are almost limitless.

To see some ideas, please go to this webpage to read more and see a few good photos of vertical gardening ideas (photos taken by Peter Bennett).

The above referenced vertical pocket garden is found at the Downtown Value School, a charter school in downtown Los Angeles and is part of their Woolly School Garden program. The “Woolly Pocket” hangers were created from 100% recycled materials. The school uses gardens to teach students gardening and also has a flower and produce garden that goes around the school grounds, a small greenhouse and a worm compost bin that students collect for after each meal.

I LOVE the idea of turning unused and/or “ugly” spaces into lush gardens like this one. And just think what joy and sense of accomplishment the kids must have felt when getting involved in a project like this.

Because I lean towards showing my dear readers how to save money (be frugal!!) and I do also highly encourage repurposing reclaimed/recycled objects to make our garden art and gardening related items, such as what was done with the project pictured above, it’s then a matter of you thinking about what you’ve got on-hand, or can buy cheaply at a garage sale or thrift store, or even betterΒ β€” take out of a trash or recycling bin β€” to turn into a super-useful vertical garden. (Like the pallet garden I mentioned previously.)

To give you a fantastic visual idea of how simple or complex a vertical garden can be, AND to give those of you who are involved as Master Gardeners, community garden coordinators, teachers, whatever … this is one inspiring video of what one truly motivated teacher and his “disadvantaged” kids were able to do. And look where it all lead to for them.

From simple to large scale vertical gardening, you’ll get many ideas that you certainly can scale down or up to suit your needs.

Take a few minutes, grab a cold drink and kick back, relax and enjoy this video. I promise you, it’s not just informative, it’s entertaining, too.



Photo credit image #1: Gartenbau Muenchen
Photo credit image #2: Peter Bennett


  1. Catherine says:

    I absolutely love this project! I’m going to figure out the materials I need and get this project going! Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€

  2. Remember Catherine, you can always do this project using PVC parts to either save money (over the cost of the copper) or if you want to play around with different configurations you might come up with and then see the finished trellis before you jump in the purchase copper. Either way, I hope you enjoy doing this project.

  3. I love this! Shared with friends this Thanksgiving week. Good job NY we should all take notice and do same~~~

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