17 Vertical Garden Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

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Vertical gardens are a fun way to garden without spending all your time on your knees in the backyard. They’re great for people with knee or back problems, or for those of us without large, beautiful yards for our displays.

The creative ideas we’ve gathered for you are just right for any size space. You can have fresh vegetables, flowers, and herbs whether or not you have a large backyard, deck, or you live in a little apartment.

So try some of these ideas and get inspired for spring!

1. Hanging Chalkboard Herb Garden

A cute chalkboard hanging herb frame that allows you to label your herbs easily. This is a cute, easy project to do with kids of all ages. Hang a few of these for a quick, easy herb garden that will be hard for pets to get into.

chalkboard wall frame

Source:  LivingWallArt.com

2. DIY Felt Hanging Planters

These cuties are made from old sweaters and a few buttons. The plants are contained within a plastic bag, so don’t worry about the fabric getting gross! These are a great way to spruce up a plain chainlink fence.

felt pouch planter

Source: Lark Crafts

3. Hanging Succulent Frame

A great way to display a variety of succulents indoors or outdoors. Just be sure to keep the frame flat for a few days after you plant the succulents so all your hard work doesn’t come tumbling down in a mess of potting soil and plants!

framed succulents

Source: By Stephanie Lynn

4. Grid Planters

The metal grid structure of this vertical garden can be built up to suit your tastes. Want a wall of potted flowers or herbs! You can have a solid, sturdy garden with ease. Perfect for an industrial style home!

grid wall

5. Re-purpose An Old Ladder

It’s amazing the things you can do with ladders. This cute project trails vines up and down the ladder and places small glass planters on the steps for a delicate, simple garden that looks fantastic.

ladder garden

Source: Apartment Therapy

6. Old Pipe Planters

A few pipes with the top cut off can be hung on the walls or fence to create a cascading vertical garden. Give the pipes a bright paint color and you add color to your garden as well!

old pipe planter

Source: LivingWallArt.com

7.  Leaning Pallet Garden

Like the succulents frame, this leaning garden is made from a small pallet. The narrow spaces between the slats blossom with succulents and other greenery.

pallet garden

Source: Design Sponge 

8. DIY Wooden Pallet and Terra Cotta Planter

A DIY vertical planter made from an old wooden pallet, hooks, and plain old terra cotta planters. The simple design allows it to easily lean against the house, or against the fence.

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Source: NATE P.K.

 9. Pop Bottle Wall

Who doesn’t have a ton of pop bottles laying around? These can be easily hung in rows by threading thin rope through either side of the bottle. A perfect, easy herb garden. Just don’t forget to wash out those bottles first!

pop bottles

Source: Rosenbaum

10. Shoe Organizer

A canvas shoe organizer is a cheap, super easy way to start a vertical garden. The pouches are sturdy, and they’re super easy to hang wherever. A clever solution for someone who doesn’t like to DIY!

shoe organizer

Source: Instructables / pippa5

11. Stacked Crates

A little assembly, a cute stencil, and you’re ready to start a vertical garden! Build these as high as you want; they can add privacy to your yard as well as style!

stacked crates

Source: Little Green Dot

12. Topsy Turvy Terra Cotta Pots

This is a fun project to do with children. The result is a cooky, crooked sculpture. Trail vines out of the top, or plant herbs in a number of these for a fun, interesting look.


Source: From Dates to Diapers

13. Trellis Planters

For a cute, easy twist on the traditional trellis, hang tin planters from each of the rungs. If you ever want to switch out the plants, it’s much easier than tearing out a plant that’s grown around the trellis.

trellis garden

Source: Home Talk 

14. Tall Tubes

These are perfect for growing strawberries! Drill holes in the pipe and fix it firmly in the ground. Group several together to really grow some berries!

tube planter

Source: Handimania

15. Upcycled Jeans

If you have a few pairs of jeans that are too worn or out of style, upcycle those jeans by using this little sewing project to create hanging planters!

upcycled jean

Source: Instructables / n.metivier

16. Recycled Wine Barrel

An old wine barrel can be cut into sections to create a tiered planter for succulents, perennials, or anything you want! Great for country or cottage styles!

wine barrel garden

Source: Centsational Girl

17. Standing Wood Planters

If you’re up for more of a challenge, try building a set of custom wooden planters. These are sturdy and can be fixed to a fence to add vertical gardening space.

wooden wall planter

Source: The Owner Builder Network