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Fence Planters, Green Wall, Vertical Gardening

Updated on April 17, 2012

Fence Planters: Vertical Gardening

Gardening is fun but depending on your living arrangements space or lack of it can be an issue. This lens will give you ideas to make best use of the space you do have - vertical space. Imagine building an actual vertical garden in which you can grow plants.

Fence planters of various sources can not only make vertical gardening practical but it can also create an interesting and beautiful outdoor design that is an art form. Just look at the ideas below.

Photo credit and where to purchase this wall for your garden.

Photo Credit - Atlanta Edible Vertical Wall Garden
Photo Credit - Atlanta Edible Vertical Wall Garden

HGTV Atlanta, GA Backyard Make Over

"If I can eat it, I don't want to water it"

Watch this video as Jamie creates an Atlanta-inspired Outdoor Room, "I want it to be like they're walking through their kitchen." Jamie takes inspiration from Atlanta Botanical Gardens Edible Vertical Wall Garden (photo credit)

Click to view video at HGTV Website.

Flower Bridge

A family-owned company in Austin, Texas, Exaco prides itself on its relationship with a workshop that provides jobs for people with mental disabilities. With over 17 years experience as a vendor to major home center chains, Exaco specializes in houseware items like these bright, versatile indoor and outdoor planters.

Seeing these delightful fence planters were the inspiration for this blog - especially since it helps a wonderful company like Exaco! Like what you see? Buy one or ten of these to help Exaco as they provide opportunities for people with mental disabilities.

Maximize Your Space

Every square foot of gardening space comes with 6 cubic feet or more of valuable growing space above it.

Woolly Pockets - It's not rocket science, it's pocket science!
Woolly Pockets - It's not rocket science, it's pocket science!

Green Wall

Indoors or Outdoors

According to Wikipedia "a green wall is a wall, either free-standing or part of a building, that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and, in some cases, soil or an inorganic growing medium. The concept of the green wall dates back to 600 BC with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. More recently, the larger green walls concept has been utilized with innovative hydroponics technology. The vegetation for a green façade is always attached on outside walls; with living walls this is also usually the case, although some living walls can also be green walls for interior use. For living walls there are many methods including attaching to the air return of the building to help with air filtration. They are also referred to as living walls, biowalls, vertical gardens." (graphic credit by Wooly Pocket)

Green walls can be created indoors or outdoors. When creating a green wall outdoors, the fence is a natural structure to plant on. There are various products that can purchased as fence planters to hold the greenery.

Plastic Bottles Garden - Herb Garden Outside Your Backdoor

Plastic Bottles Garden -
Plastic Bottles Garden -

I love this photo that I saw over at This was created by Brazilian design studio Rosenbaum and TV show Caldeirao do Huck. In this Brazilian reality TV show, Lar Dolce Lar (Home Sweet Home) the host and designer help poor families to redecorate their homes and improve their surroundings.

It looks like these bottles are hanging by string or twine. I can't tell for sure, but if that's the case I can imagine this vertical garden on a kitchen wall in an apartment where there is no space outside. If the wall gets plenty of sunlight the plants should do fine. One could have fresh herbs growing right on the wall in the kitchen or dining room. I kinda like this idea. What do you think?

As if making the most out of our space and getting good garden fresh produce in the smallest of living spaces isn't enough I want you to consider all of the other wonderful benefits that you might not have thought about. There are those reading this lens who might be oxygen deprived because of lack of plants in their living or work space!

Photo Courtesy

  • Aesthetics - Create living works of art!
  • Building & Structure Protection - Shield from sun, rain and thermal fluctuations
  • Increase your Property Value - Marketable green feature
  • Indoor Air Quality - Purify your air
  • Energy Savings - Cut electricity Bills up to 20%
  • Acoustics - Dampen noise pollution
  • Health & Wellness - Reduce stress and increase sense of well being
  • Sustainability - Make your world a greener place to live

Green Wall in Every Kitchen - Instead of a Water Fall, How about an Herb Fall?

Irene Turner, Designer
Irene Turner, Designer

I'm very captivated by having an herb garden in my kitchen. I like using fresh herbs when I cook. I've been looking for a good design for bringing my herb garden inside. Here's an idea for a framed herb garden. Totally love this idea designed by Irene Turner, Designer.

The Urban Gardener - Vertical Gardening

No Digging, No Bending, No weeding! Clutter free container gardening. No more tripping over pots. So simple...Hang on your fence, patio, balcony or any other vertical structure to create a beautiful living wall.

Eco-friendly fabric made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles. Perfect for herbs, vegetables, strawberrys and flowers.

Teapot Flowers - "I'm a little teapot, short and stout"

Teapot Flowers -
Teapot Flowers -

I've been collecting teapots from thrift stores not knowing exactly what I will do with them...Now I know! Saw this photo over at

Rules to Grow By

Your garden crops really only need 3 things:* Sunlight * Water * Soil. Now just raise your sights and plant on your fence!

Urban Organic Gardener
Urban Organic Gardener

Fire Escape Gardening

Fence Planting New York Style

What if you live in NYC or in some other densely populated area in a high rise with now yard, and no fence? Don't worry, good change you have other options - such as a fire escape. Plenty of planting space there if you're creative. Photo credit with lots of good ideas!

DIY Self Watering Containers
DIY Self Watering Containers

Grass is Always Greener

Where it's watered

Keep your fence planters hydrated and moist with self watering containers. It's simple enough to create one or many for your vertical garden. Photo credit and DIY instructions for creating your own self watering container.

Grow Your Own Fertelizer - It's kinda wormy!

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary - How does Your Garden Grow?

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      scottrocha 5 years ago

      This is so cool. Your videos are great too.

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      Jordan 5 years ago

      So cool what a great lens on hydroponics. Great Job!

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      Thenewolder 5 years ago

      Great ideas!!

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      Nilakantha 5 years ago

      Love the kitchen wall garden. Looking great for growing herbs.

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      Ursel001 5 years ago

      I would like to have a little wall garden on my kitchen wall;-)

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      ShedHead LM 5 years ago

      I love the idea of using old bottles as hanging planters!

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      SmBizGuru LM 5 years ago

      @Allison Whitehead: Me too! In fact I am getting ready to do this right outside my back door where I live now. The peg board is already in place now I just need to hang the potted plants! It's almost winter here in Oregon so I might wait until spring cuz I'm told that it may freeze this winter.

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      Allison Whitehead 5 years ago

      Great lens - I particularly liked the teapots!

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      BeadCatz 5 years ago

      Great lens. It really gave me some great ideas.

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. My wife and I are going to try Square Foot gardening this summer but this looks even more interesting. I especially like your wall using plastic soda containers as planters. Very creative use for something that would usually end up in a land fill.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Love the concept of vertical gardening. Your pics really make me want to give it a try.

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      High Five! I liked many of the ideas here, especially the teapots and the wall of soda bottles used as planters.

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      journey103 6 years ago from USA

      Love the ideas, really nice lens!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Awesome article! I've added it to my featured gardening articles on my Container Vegetable Gardening article. Love all the awesome design ideas for growing vertical you shared here. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      vertical gardening has really taken off in Australia, it creates an open feel is samll spaces

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      jenniferteacher1 6 years ago

      I love the teapots! I have a collection of unusual teapots gathering dust...

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      Ninche 6 years ago

      Teapots are my favorite! Great ideas, love your lens!

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      SophiaStar LM 6 years ago

      I love these ideas! The teapots and the herb garden wall are brilliant:)

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      Gala98 6 years ago

      absolutely adore the teapot planters! what a fantastic idea.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 6 years ago from Albany New York

      oh my, what unusual ideas! Very interesting lens and great subject.

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      AlphaChic 6 years ago

      My garden is quite contrary, haha. These are some great ideas. Nice lens.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love the teapot flowers! I've seen so much recently about vertical gardening. Great idea when you have more "up" than "wide" space!

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      gatornic15 6 years ago

      What a really great and cute idea.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Great idea for places with small spaces, and just for something different and unique... great lens :)

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      DailyRogue 6 years ago

      What a great idea. I'm definitely going to try this!