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House plants are ideal to make your home feel cosier and to keep the air at home fresh and clean. They can be used in various ways to decorate your house, and vertical gardening is one such idea that is trending for quite some time.
What is a Vertical Garden?
As the name suggests, a vertical garden is a garden where plants are grown on a panel that is suspended vertically, encouraging the plants to grow upwards rather than outwards. These panels can either be free standing or attached to a wall. They vary in size depending on the buyer’s preference. They can be as small as a picture frame or large enough to cover an entire wall. This innovative way of gardening is also known by different names such as live walls, moss walls and living green walls.
Why Choose Vertical Gardening?
Vertical gardens are an easy way to grow multiple plants with minimal effort as they require you to maintain just one panel. They look very impressive and allow you to grow a variety of plants, from ferns to flowers and even vegetables if you are interested in growing your own food. Vertical gardens enable you to grow more while utilising less space, so they are the ideal gardens for small areas. Squash, tomatoes and cucumbers are some vegetables that can be grown in vertical gardens.
10 Unique Ideas to Create a Vertical Garden
If you are not sure how to create a vertical garden work for you, here are some ideas:
1. Fruit Crate Vertical Garden
If you are one of those people who purchase a lot of fruits and throw away the wooden crates they come in, then this type of vertical garden is ideal for you. Try saving these wooden crates and hang them on the walls to store your plant pots.
2. Metal Pipe Vertical Garden
Unused metal pipes can be turned into a vertical wall garden by cutting through the cylinder. To do so, you need to make two long, hollow, semi-cylinder containers that can hold soil and plants. Use as many metal pipes as you have or can get your hands on to make the vertical garden beautiful & attractive.
3. Hanging Rack Vertical Garden
You can make this with a few wooden boards, rope and your plant pots. Make holes through the wooden boards of the exact size of your pots. Place the pots in these holes and ensure that they are secure. Then hang these wooden boards to complete the look.
4. Plants and Ladders
Old and unused ladders can come in handy to make a vertical garden. Arrange two wooden ladders in the shape of a mountain, such that their upper ends are attached and their lower ends are spread apart to resemble a triangle. Place wooden boards on each level of the ladder to put your plant pots on.
5. Old Dresser Planter
If you have an old dresser or chest of drawers that you no longer feel is fit for much, think again. You can arrange the drawers to form what looks like a ladder and fill them up with soil. Plant fresh greens and colourful flowers in this lovely new vertical garden and give your balcony a makeover.
6. Pallet Planter
Shipping pallets are ideal for DIY projects. You can use them as the basic framework for your vertical garden. Use landscape fabric to hold your soil and plants by stapling it to the planks.
7. Bookshelf Garden
Before you throw out your old bookshelf, consider using it as a vertical garden. You can place it in your balcony, veranda and it also makes for a great indoor vertical garden.
8. DIY Stacked Planter
This is the most popular and easy DIY vertical garden design. You can make it using some clay pots of different sizes, ranging from large to small. Placing the largest pot as the base, put another pot upside inside this pot to hold the weight of the next pot. Do the same for as many layers as you want.
9. Iron Grid Garden
Most balconies and windows in city apartments come with iron grids, and these can be used to create your vertical garden by hanging your plant pots from the grills.
10. Tin Can Vertical Garden
You can use old tin cans as plant pots. Make a small hole on the side of each can so that you can insert a nail to attach your tin can pot to some dismantled and mounted wooden planks for a rustic style vertical garden.
There are numerous ways in which you can make your own vertical garden to match your style; just make sure that the place that you choose to make it in gets plenty of sunlight every day and that the materials you choose to make it with are sturdy enough to handle the weight and moisture of the plants.