How to create your own vertical garden

Want to enjoy the ambience of vibrant, fresh greenery at home, but don’t have a back yard? We’ve got the perfect solution – vertical gardening. Not only is the vertical garden a practical and space-saving alternative to the traditional garden, but it’s also a hot trend for 2020 – everyone loves the look these days! Even people with gardens often use this idea to decorate their patios and kitchens, simply because it’s an effective aesthetic. The more plants, the merrier, right? If you’re keen to make this trend your own, take a look at these great ideas for creating a vertical garden, and pick the one that best suits you.

Vertical garden styles we love:

1. Hanging planter garden

Hanging pot plants filled with your favourite little shrubs and succulents is quick, easy, and requires little maintenance. If you’re interested in this vertical garden design, here’s how you can achieve it at home:

What you’ll need

  • Pick up some hanging planters, your choice of paint, and some sturdy rope from your local hardware store.
  • Purchase your plants online from Plantland Lifestyle and Garden Centre.

Do it yourself

  • Firstly, paint the pots. You might want to do a couple of coats to make the colour really pop.
  • Next, cut two pieces of rope to your desired length (keep the height of your ceiling in mind) and thread the pieces through the holes on each side of the planter.
  • Tie a double knot in the rope pieces at the top so the planter can hang from a wall or ceiling.
  • Add some potting soil to your pots, and plant your chosen shrubs or succulents.
  • Hang the planters from a hook on the wall or ceiling. And you’re done!

2. Fabric herb garden

A vertical herb garden made of landscape fabric is economical, easy to put together, and super effective. All you need are the right supplies and a can-do attitude!

What you’ll need

  • Get some landscape fabric, sewing pins, and a copper pipe from your local hardware store. If you have a sewing machine handy, that’s also a plus!
  • Buy some herbs from our online store. Herbs like parsley, mint, and rosemary are very useful in a kitchen vertical garden.

Do it yourself

  • Cut the fabric roll to your desired length – keeping in mind that you will fold it in half lengthwise. We recommend you cut about 3m in length and 1m in width.
  • Fold the fabric in half across its width, and add pins to the edges.
  • Stitch the side with the pins using your sewing machine. If you don’t have one on hand, you can manually stitch the side. Remember to remove the pins when you’re done.
  • With a ruler, measure about 30cm down from the top of the fabric, and fold the fabric up to create a pleat of about 45cm in height. This will be your first pocket. Add pins to either side to indicate where the pocket opening will be. Also, put pins on the bottom of the pocket, making sure it goes through all three layers of fabric. Continue the pleating process to create the rest of the pockets, making sure all six are even (about 45cm in height).
  • Once you’ve pinned your pockets, place the fabric under the sewing machine again, and stitch one of the long sides. Then stitch from top to bottom through the centre of the fabric to create the pocket divide, and stitch the other side of the fabric too. You should now have twelve pockets.
  • Fold the remaining fabric left at the top and stitch for your copper pole. Slide the pole through.
  • Hang up your fabric planter on a wall, preferably in your kitchen, and then fill the pockets with soil and your desired herbs. And voila! You have a beautiful vertical herb garden.

3. Pallet garden

Time to upcycle those old pallets you have lying around. A pallet can make an excellent vertical garden, you just might need to spruce it up a bit with a fresh coat of paint. Keen to create a pallet garden of your own? We’ll show you how:

What you’ll need

  • If you already have a pallet – great! Otherwise, you can order one from your local hardware store, along with two large bags of potting soil, a roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staplers, and sandpaper. If you want to paint your pallet, remember to pick up a can.
  • Head over to your nearest Plantland Lifestyle and Garden Centre and pick up some of your favourite seasonal flowers. Succulents can also look effective.

Do it yourself

  • First and foremost, you’ll need to get your pallet up to scratch. Use sandpaper to smooth it down, and then if you’re keen for a colour, give it a few coats of paint.
  • With your staple gun at the ready, staple the landscape fabric to the bottom, back, and sides of the pallet. And feel free to add some extra staples along the spine of the pallet to make sure no soil spills out.
  • With your pallet lying flat on the ground, pour the bags of soil into the slots, pressing the soil down tightly so it remains stable.
  • Plant your chosen flowers or succulents in the layers, pressing the soil tightly around them as you go.
  • Once your plants are all sorted, lift up the pallet and place it against a wall for a beautiful vertical garden look.

Add some life to your living space with a vertical garden

Want to create your own vertical garden? Well, with these helpful tips and the suitable garden supplies we have in stock, you can make it happen. Ready to get get your hands dirty?