Vertical garden ideas: 15 best DIY and ready-made planters

Benefits of building a vertical garden

When done right, vertical gardens look amazing, and completing the process can really give you a sense of accomplishment. Even if you will have to make a small investment, your hard work will pay off, especially if you are growing edible herbs.


If you have an outdoor patio, you can even create a vertical garden to enclose the space and create an awning. This “green roof”Will provide much needed shade, especially during the hot summer months. Plants also act as a soundproofing barrier and add privacy.

Vertical gardens can also help you make effective use of a small outdoor space, such as a balcony. But before you start building one, you need to make sure that the area gets plenty of sunlight. It should face east so your plants can get plenty of morning light.

Those who want to develop an indoor garden in an apartment or condominium will need to plan more carefully. Not all plants can thrive without natural light, so choose those that do well in poorly lit environments. These include English ivies, ferns, and peace lilies.

A vertical garden on the side of a house


How to build a vertical garden

One of the most common ways to create a vertical garden is to use a pallet board. They are inexpensive and easy to find.


  • 2 pallet planks (with untreated wood)
  • Galvanized screw and hammer
  • L brackets
  • Weed mat
  • Stapler
  • Ground
  • Plant seedlings / seeds


  1. Using a pair of gloves, thoroughly clean the pallets. Remove lost nails or chipped wood.
  2. Attach planks from another pallet plank to the bottom of each section of the main pallet. The additional boards will serve as the basis for the planters.
  3. Line the bottom of each pallet with weed mat. Use staplers to secure them in place.
  4. Place your pallets against the wall and make marks where you need to install the L-brackets.
  5. Mount the pallet on the wall.
  6. Fill the planters with potting soil.
  7. Dig holes and add plants. Choose plants with shallow root systems like salads and herbs.

15 garden wall ideas for your green space

Besides using a wooden pallet to create a vertical succulent garden, your imagination is the limit when it comes to building green spaces. Here are some vertical garden ideas to inspire you.

1. Use open shelves

Open shelves aren’t just for books or cooking essentials. You can also place planters on floating shelves to create a vertical garden with little to no effort.

2. Recycle plastic bottles

Recycling plastic bottles is an effective way to reduce waste. You can paint them in any color to make them more attractive. Once you’re happy with how the bottles look, cut a large hole in the side, add soil, and then plant seeds.

3. Use mason jars

Another DIY solution for the vertical garden is to use mason jars. They are more stylish than plastic bottles, but they take a little more planning. Due to the shape of the pots, you’ll want to choose plants with long, thin stems, like herbs. Remember to label them once you’re done.

4. Recycle a dresser

Old dressers don’t need to be stored or sold. You can use them as planters for your vertical garden.

5. Reuse a stepladder

Using a stepladder as a stand for the pots is an easy way to create a DIY vertical garden. If you don’t have a stepladder, you can easily order one from Amazon.

6. Mount the planters on horizontal fences

Create visual interest by setting up a vertical garden planters on horizontal fences.

7. Set up a vertical frame planter

Photos and paintings aren’t the only items worth framing and displaying. Plants can also produce the same effect. Choose colorful succulents for the best results.

8. Use planks

Nail the pots to a board and you can add an interesting wall element to your home.

9. Buy a vertical planter

If you are wondering how to make a vertical garden, you don’t have to worry. Buy a vertical planter is a hassle-free solution.

10. Use hook planters

With hook shaped planters, you can easily build a hanging garden. You can place them on railings or fences.

Hook planters hanging from a pole


11. Create a DIY trellis

If you are a real handyman who enjoys working with a variety of tools, you can create a DIY trellis. It is a great place to grow hanging vines.

12. Growing vegetables

Vertical gardens aren’t just for display. You can also grow crops. Some of the vegetables that are ideal for vertical gardens are beans, melons, and summer squash. Cucumbers grown this way are also longer and straighter.

13. Create a hanging garden

Hanging gardens exist since ancient times. This type of vertical garden is ideal for a large outdoor space, as cascading plants look best when they cover a lot of space.

14. Buy stackable pots

A simple and space-saving solution is to purchase stackable jars. You can order one for AUD $ 97 at Stackapots.

15. Design a characteristic wall

No list of vertical garden ideas is complete without including a living wall. It is a unique and impressive design feature that will make your home stand out from the crowd.

One of the challenges you will face in maintaining a living wall is keeping the plants watered. Watering them by hand may damage your interior wall or floor from excess moisture. You can build a DIY irrigation system or seek professional help.

Test your green thumb

Vertical gardens add value to any home. They reduce ambient temperature, purifies the air and takes up little space. You also have the option of building one yourself, so it doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to get started.

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