The design possibilities for a vertical garden are only limited by one’s surroundings, imagination or budget. Designing a vertical garden requires good planning. Don’t feel limited. Magazine ready trellises may be the most dreamed of designs, but the options are numerous. Structural supports can be imaginative, beautiful and functional.
Structures should minimize maintenance. They can be strictly functional, purely aesthetic, or both. It’s up to you!
Three common vertical garden designs to choose from are:
1. Do It Yourself (DIY) – these designs utilize common household items such as gutters, fencing, pots, walls, and balconies.
2. Kits - Kits implement the use of ready to construct benches, planters, trellises, arches, arbors, frames, towers, etc.
3. Professional Design – a professionally designed garden is created and installed by a paid landscaper or garden artist; most commonly used for large projects and commercial/public areas.
Regardless of the design method chosen, vertical gardens have some limitations. Be sure to take location, plant type, structures and watering into consideration during the planning process.
Your vertical garden will require ample sunlight and plenty of water. Be sure that trees, structures or other items do not shade your vertical garden, and make sure that water is accessible through a hose.
When using walls or structures in your vertical garden, it is important to consider weight (including the weight of your plants, what you’re growing, and the degree to which they need to be trained to grow vertically.) Soil can be very heavy, especially when damp. Walls and structures need to be capable of withstanding the weight of multiple plants, planters, baskets, etc.
The use of cinder blocks is a creative way to grow multiple plants. They also provide for some clever design options!
All You Need To Know About Vertical Gardening
- What is Vertical Gardening?
- Vertical Garden Design
- How To Choose and Prepare The Right Spot For Your Vertical Garden
- Plant Support Structures: Trellises, Arches and Arbors
- Creative Ways to Plant a Vertical Garden
- How to Make a Living Plant Wall
- The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Vertical Gardens
- Vertical Garden Maintenance & Care Tips: Weeding, Fertilizing, and Pruning
- How to Control Pests in your Vertical Garden