21 vertical garden ideas – DIY looks using planters, trellises and more for small spaces

Vertical gardens are an amazing wall to beautify walls and any kind of small space for that matter – indoors or outdoors. Using the vertical plane for planting provides the opportunity to make the most of walls, fences and gates to grow everything from vegetables to perennials and more. Plus, it’s really economical if you’re up for a bit of DIY. So, knowing how to create a vertical garden is especially useful and one of the most creative small garden ideas, which of course can be carried in yards, on balconies, in large outdoor spaces and even in the house.

This is one of the biggest trends, especially in the UK with Google searches for vertical garden up + 485% *, if you are an avid gardener and want a natural but level addition. higher than your home, look no further than vertical gardening.

What is vertical gardening?

It is in its name that vertical gardening thrives along and along vertical surfaces in and around your outdoor or indoor space. Vertical cultivation offers many possibilities for growing ornamental and edible plants. Unlike living walls, vertical gardens usually work by direct revegetation, which means you’ll be using climbers who find their own way on a support such as a trellis or by playing with raised planters. These are great garden wall ideas because you can use fence panels, shelving, and more, it’s a great way to get creative.

We chatted with Stannah gardening expert Mark Lane, who appears frequently on BBC Gardeners’ World as well, about how vertical gardens are not only a great solution for small spaces, but also a great way to create an accessible garden space. “If you want to grow delicious vegetables or fruit but space is limited, consider a vertical garden. This fashionable technique involves growing plants on a vertically suspended panel, either standing or attached to a wall. ‘ Easier to reach for as many people as possible and sure to free up floor space, this is a great option to ensure that everyone can enjoy the act of gardening. These are our favorite ways to start a vertical garden display.

1. Create a living wall

a hydroponic system panel to grow plants vertically

A hydroponic system panel allows ferns, huecheras and herbs to grow wild along the fence, echoing the planting of gentle fringes of stipa and foxgloves

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Installing a fully flowered green wall is the number one vertical gardening idea. This nifty look mimics the effect of climbing plants for a wild and gorgeous finish.

2. Use climbers to conceal a wall

Garden wall covered with climbing plants

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Choose hardy climbing plants like ivy, passionflower, and jasmine for rapid growth on an unsightly wall.

3. DIY a vertical garden space in a pallet

Vertical gardening using pallets and creepers

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Whether you’ve landscaped your garden recently or not, it’s easy to get hold of pallets to create a remarkable vertical garden. Choose a mixture of creepers and flowers for a full effect and heaps of scent.

4. Can he

DIY vertical tin can planter idea

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Do not throw away those empty boxes. A little spray paint, twine, and craftsmanship will gently recycle them into part of a jazzy vertical garden for next to no money.

5. Make yours edible

Vertical edible garden

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A great idea for vertical gardens, growing edibles in pockets and container systems take up less space, are easy to harvest and maintain. If you can already get a harvest in container gardens, vertical gardens shouldn’t be a problem.

6. Use the ceiling of your garden furniture

Vertical garden in your greenhouse

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Garden furniture is here to be beautiful and practical too, if yours is small but needs a little more greenery to help the interior reflect the view better to the outside, hoist your garden vertical and let these plants hang from the ceiling.

7. Let yours double as a garden screen

soil-based green wall system

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Growing upright is one of the most natural garden screening ideas around. Keep yours both practical and beautiful by maximizing the drama with tall evergreens. The silvery lamium foliage lifts the green hues of the ferns in this living floor-based wall designed by Kate Gould.

8. Plant a ladder

terracotta pots with plants on a ladder in a garden

There are many options for creative vertical planting, redundant shelving or an old ladder can find a new purpose in the garden

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Vertical gardens take a more traditional approach, using everything from pergolas to containers to utilize the vertical plane in the garden. So we love the idea of ​​using an old ladder space for a rustic display.

9. Plant your balcony

Vertical gardening on a small balcony

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The best balcony ideas combine functionality and space-saving beauty. Use the different levels of your railing for a multidimensional display and you are sure to impress any passerby as well.

10. Line your greenhouse

Line plant mix vertical plane in greenhouse

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A full and thriving greenhouse is what it is all about. Keep yours occupied by again using the side walls and ceiling space to grow and display your vertical garden.

11. Mix it with a pergola

Space equipped with pergola and plantation

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Your walls and fences can become an attraction in themselves through painting techniques, planting patterns, creative materials, or ornaments. Pergolas, screens and hedges also provide other opportunities for your creativity, from an old recycled bed frame – perhaps to support plants and a room divider – to a tapestry of a mixed shrub hedge. . So add some drama to your outdoor living space by growing your pergola.

12. Adopt hanging baskets

Flower hanging basket for an easy vertical garden

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Hanging baskets don’t have to be boring and they are one of the simplest tools for making a vertical garden bloom. Another very easy way to include vertical interest, you can also try containers on window sills, balconies, or along walls.

13. Cultivate a tiered herb garden

Ikea hanging baskets for plants

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Vertical and indoor gardening go hand in hand, so don’t feel limited to using your outdoor space. Grow herbs to the top for a cute and flavorful display no matter where you hang this little masterpiece.

14. Interrupt your trellis

Vertical gardening ideas using terllis

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Growing a trellis that frames an outdoor seating or dining area is a great visual and natural way to decorate your garden space.

15. Make a vertical succulent frame

succulent frame on a garden fence

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Plant your own growing art in a photo frame, we adore this vertical succulent garden for a focal point like no other.

16. Improve the display of your planter

Planters and wall pots - Photo credit Dunelm

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Confused about what to do with your hanging planters or inexpensive purchases from 10 summers ago? Play around with the levels using garden tables, and attach a few to a sturdy, free garden wall for an eclectic display.

17. Train yours on an arch

arbor seat with vertical planting

Tunnels, arbors, pergolas and arches are classic ways of accentuating the vertical plane

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The vertical plane is the longest axis of the garden, and there are other ways to use this often forgotten space. For millennia, we have used climbing plants to green a surface or espalier fruit against a warm wall. Arbors, arches, tunnels, trellises and pergolas can become pretty focal points adorned with profusely blooming roses intertwined with clematis. We love how romantic this arch is, perfectly framing what is actually a small seating area.

18. Mini statues planters

wall containers

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In its simplest form, a vertical garden is just one or more containers filled with soil with drainage holes and a spot on the wall in the sun, the more character the better.

19. Trio of terracotta pots

pots hanging from a frame on a blue wall

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When you start to notice the vertical element, all kinds of ideas come to mind for grabbing attention with eclectic arrangements. The power of three is one thing even in gardening …

20. Tripod


Obelisks are eye-catching and provide an ideal setting for plants to climb

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Tripod structures have long been a valuable tool in the garden for adding vertical punctuation points and supporting plants. A touch of paint will turn them into something special.

Once you really look at the vertical axis, you may be surprised at how much you can accomplish to complete your garden view. So look up and grow!

21. Keep the cottage on a trellis

Flowers growing a trellis outside a thatched cottage

Adding a trellis is another way to encourage climbing plants to cover the wall.

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Using cottage garden plants to brighten up a solid white trellis is a good vertical gardening idea for vintage and modern homes. The bees will love it too!

Aim high!

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