Get Started With Vertical Gardening
You can grow veggies in small spaces with this Vertical Garden how-to page!
If you have a small yard or garden, with limited space for growing flowers, fruits and vegetables, you might want to consider learning how to vertical garden!
Using vertical space for gardening can be achieved in many different ways. On this page, I highlight 5 different ways to take advantage of vertical gardening space, from stacked pots to classic espalier to gorgeous living walls!
Scroll down to learn more vertical garden how-to and see many beautiful photos that will spark your imagination...all it takes is a little creativity to have the garden of your dreams in your small space!
Ways to create a vertical garden - Vertical gardening made easy
Stacked Container Gardening
Boxes, Pots and Planters
Stacking pots, planters and containers
Get creative...make it fun!
I have seen so many fun ideas on Pinterest lately for stacking containers vertically to create visual interest and save space in gardens and on porches, balconies, patios and front stoops.
You can really get creative with this idea. Start with any type of containers you would normally use for planting flowers, fruits or vegetables. Test out your stacking design before filling the containers with dirt, seeds or plants. Once your design is created, start planting!
As the seeds and live plants grow and fill in, you will be pleasantly surprised how these stacked gardens take shape. Cascading plants will take on a gorgeous waterfall effect, while plants that grow straight up will "climb" along the sides of the containers above them.
Click on the links below to see examples of stacked container designs and get your own ideas for how to grow plants in this type of vertical space. There is no wrong way to do this...use your imagination and see what you can come up with!
Stacked Container Garden - National Garden Clubs
Stacked Container Gardens Online - Photos and How-To's for Growing in Stacked Gardens
- Stacked Pots Container Garden
- The Layered Look Stacked Garden
Mother Earth Living
- Stacked clay pots
- Tip-Top Flower Pots: Maximize limited space to grow plants and flowers!
This cool project will allow you to take advantage of even the tiniest place to grow flowers and plants- on patios, decks, balconies, etc. These suppl...
Stacked Terra Cotta Planters - Ready to Use Vertical Gardening
Trellises, Arbors and Fences
Plants that climb vertical surfaces
How to vertical garden
Certain plants will climb up anything they can find! Growing climbing plants is a wonderful way to get started with vertical gardening because it just happens naturally!
These plants will grow up trellises, arbors or garden fences. You can even use bamboo, corn stalks or poles to integrate these plants into your existing garden.
Below are some great climbing plants you could get started with. Be sure to check which zones these grow best in so you can choose the ones that will be the most hardy in your location.
Best climbing flowers: Clematis, Wisteria, Morning Glory, Jasmine, Climbing Roses, Climbing Hydrangea
Best climbing fruits: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Boysenberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Mini Kiwis, Tayberries, Loganberries
Best climbing vegetables: Many varieties of beans and peas (make sure they are not the bush variety)
Even melons, squashes and gourds can be grown up trellises...make sure you learn how to use slings to support the growing melons, as they will quickly become too heavy for the plant to support on its own.
Climbing Roses - Absolutely gorgeous!
Climbing Plants Online - Photos and How-To's for Growing Climbing Plants
- How to Grow Up: The Art of Climbing Plants
- How Plants Climb, Climbing Plants, Trellises, Vines
Climbing plants climb in particular ways: some wrap, some adhere, and some curl. Learn to recognize which plants do what, so you can choose the right kind of trellis or support.
- Growing Climbing Plants in Containers
Find out how to grow compact climbers, such as jasmine and some clematis, in pots at HGTV.com.
Dura-Trel Pergola Arbor - For climbing plants and vines
Trees, vines and other plants that can be trained to grow flat against a vertical surface
The Art of Espalier
A beautiful way to go vertical
Espalier is truly an art form that involves dedication and patience...not to mention an excellent working knowledge of the craft! The end result is fascinating and so rewarding.
Learning how to espalier is best done from someone who has experience. However, there are resources online and in bookstores that can aid you in teaching yourself. It involves pruning and training the branches of a tree or plant in order to cause it to grow flat along a vertical surface.
Espalier is a beautiful and sophisticated way to grow fruit trees in a small garden or other limited spaces.
Check out the links below to see more about the art of espalier online.
Espalier Tree - Pears
Espalier Plants Online - Photos and how-to's for growing espalier plants
- How to Grow Espalier Apple Trees
Produce more fruit in less space with this centuries-old technique. Ron Wade guides us step-by-step through the first three years in the life of an espaliered apple tree.
- How To Create Espalier Design
Trained trees lend structural elegance to garden
- How To Espalier Plants and Vines
Espalier Gardening - by Allen Gilbert
Using overhead space to your growing advantage
Using hanging baskets to increase garden space
You might already be doing this!
Hanging baskets allow you to use an endless amount of overhead space to increase your gardening space!
You can grow so much more than ferns and flowers in those hanging containers. I have successfully grown small tomatoes, blueberries and even leafy greens in hanging baskets on my front porch. These plants are beautifully ornamental!
Experiment with your favorite garden plants...you might be surprised how many you can move from your traditional garden and into hanging pots on your porch, on trellises or even inside your home!
There are literally an endless array of containers you can turn into hanging baskets with some rope or cord and a little imagination! Go for it and create a look that is unique to your home or outdoor space.
Hanging Plants - Making good use of vertical space
Hanging Plants Online - Photos and how-to's for growing in hanging baskets
- How to Plant Hanging Baskets
HGTV.com hangs up baskets to add spots of color in a little space.
- Create Stunning Hanging Baskets
Use these easy plant-by-numbers recipes to put together the most beautiful hanging baskets in your neighborhood.
- Hanging Planters - 5 Great Flowering Plants for Hanging Planters
Not all plants look good in hanging baskets. We'll tell you why and tell you about five plants that look great in hanging baskets.
You have to see these works of art to believe it!
Living Wall Indoor Vertical Garden - Vertical Gardening for Indoor Spaces
Living Walls Online - Photos and How-To's for Creating Living Walls
- How to Plant a Living Wall
Follow these steps to create your own living wall of verdant, healthy plants.
- Green wall
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Living Walls - The Art of Vertical Landscape
A living wall is made up of modular panels, allowing for a completely customizable size and shape and easy replacement of individual plants. Urban Landscape
How To Make Your Own Living Wall - These living walls are really incredible!
Living Wall Vertical Garden Planter - Small Space Vegetable Gardening
What do you think of vertical gardening? - Do you have any experience with these growing methods?
Would you ever plant a vertical garden?
Ultra Modern Vertical Gardening - This vertical garden uses fish waste for plant food!
This method of vertical gardening is called aquaponics. It is a self-sufficient growing system that uses fish waste to feed the plants growing above. This method is also being used in green houses and to fertilize indoor living walls. Some savvy gardeners are using fish tanks to grow plants on walls in their homes and offices.
Click here to learn more about aquaponics...it's not as complicated as it looks!
As you can see, ANYONE can garden ANYWHERE! Urban and small space gardens are popping up all over the place. It is simple and very rewarding to grow your own fruits, veggies and flowers. Will you be giving it a try?
I would love to hear from you before you leave! Please leave comments, advice and vertical garden how-to tips here. Thank you!