6 DIY Beautiful Vertical Gardens For Your Home

Kenneth Wilson

One way to bring life and color to your patio, yard, or deck is a garden. Not only does it make an outdoor area look more attractive, but it also works as a natural air-freshener. Aside from using it as a decoration, you can also have a herb or vegetable garden, which makes it easier to source ingredients for home-cooked meals.

But if you have a small yard or limited space, adding a garden may not be practical. Fortunately, there is an alternative: a vertical garden. For those who don’t have an area for a garden, you can utilize the vertical space instead. Vertical gardens also add a unique charm to an outdoor area, which is even why some people with big yards opt for this style.

There are dozens of sizes, shapes, and designs you can find on vertical gardens, and most of these are easy to recreate. If you’re ready to install one, here are 6 different kinds of vertical gardens you can DIY so that you can add some greenery to your outdoor area.


Vertical Garden Trellis Frame

Let’s start this with a simple yet beautiful vertical garden trellis frame where you can hang pots, planters, and other decorations.

  • Trellis frame or board
  • Hanging flower pots
  • Compost
  • Flowers, plants, or herbs of your choice
  • Battens
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (your choice of color)
  • Paintbrush
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Drill

Step 1. Preparing the trellis

Sand the trellis frame or board lightly using sandpaper. Next, apply the first coat of paint (of your preferred color). Let it dry for the number of minutes or hours written on the manufacturer’s instructions. Lastly, apply the second coat of paint.

Step 2. Fixing the hanging flower pot

Grab the hanging flower pots and fill it with compost. Next, add your preferred flowers or herbs to all the pots.

Step 3. Installing the trellis

Locate the area where you want to hang the trellis, preferably a fence or wooden wall. Align it and make sure that it is level using the spirit level. Mark the frame’s outline using a pencil. After, put down the frame and attach the battens to the fence or wall. Lastly, drill the trellis frame onto the battens.

Step 4. Placing the pots

Collect the hanging flower pots you created and hang them onto the trellis. You can also look for other hanging decorations such as a birdhouse and hang them as well.

And you’re done! You can create more hanging flower pots and fill them with herbs or other plants. After a few weeks, you may also want to rearrange the pots to give your outdoor area a new look.


Pallet Vertical Garden

Save space and recycle by creating a pallet vertical garden. Here’s how you can turn an old pallet into a beautiful planter for your greenery.

  • Pallet (untreated lumber for edibles)
  • Extra pallet planks
  • Weed mat
  • Outdoor container mix
  • Plants, flowers, herbs, or succulents
  • Galvanized screws
  • Drill
  • Stapler
  • Knife or cutter
  • Shovel

Step 1. Choosing the location

Make sure to choose an area for your pallet vertical garden depending on what type of plants, flowers, or herbs you will use.

Step 2. Creating the frame

You will need to create a base so that the plants won’t fall through the gaps. Grab the extra pallet and use it as a base, creating small boxes. Attach it using galvanized screws and a drill.

Note: If you’re planning to use these for herbs or other edibles, make sure to use untreated lumber.

Step 3. Preparing and attaching the frame

Line the bases with weed mat to retain the soil and moisture. Use a stapler to attach it and then remove the excess mat using a knife or cutter. Lastly, install the frame securely to the preferred location. You can screw it into a fence or wooden surface, or you can also hang it using hooks.

Step 4. Placing the greenery

Add an outdoor container mix on top of the weed mat. Do not fill the boxes all the way to the top so your plants will still fit inside. Next, visualize how you will place your plants and flowers. Once you’re happy with the design, grab the shovel and dig small holes. Transfer the plants and flowers to the hole, then backfill it by pressing the soil around the base.

Now you have created a vertical garden from a pallet. You can use it to decorate your home or plant herbs so that you can have delicious home-cooked meals.


Pocket Wall Vertical Garden

If you want an easy and simple vertical garden to create, check out this pocket wall vertical garden. With some felt plant pockets and a blank outdoor wall, you can create a beautiful green area in your patio, deck, or yard.

  • Felt plant pockets
  • Plants or flowers
  • Concrete drill bit
  • Screws

Step 1. Locating an area

Look for a blank outdoor wall where you can set up your pocket wall garden. Based on the space, determine how many felt plant pockets you will need to install.

Step 2. Attaching the felt plant pockets

Once you have enough felt plant pockets, attach them to the wall with a concrete drill bit and screws. Do these for all holes around the felt plant pockets. If there are no holes, make sure to use enough to secure the felt plant pockets.

Step 3. Adding plants or flowers

Select the plants or flowers you want to put in your vertical garden. Transfer the plants or flowers along with the soil from the potted container into the pockets. You can arrange it based on color, sizes, or kinds.

Isn’t it a simple way to install a vertical garden? You will be saving space as well as turning a plain outdoor wall into a beautiful area.


Hanging Plants Vertical Garden

The three vertical gardens above are examples of ones that are attached to a wall. Another style you can try is hanging these plants on a string. This design is called Kokedama, which originated from Japan.

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Water
  • Seed raising mix
  • Peat moss
  • Stainless bowl (as big as one palm)
  • Plants and flowers
  • Rain chain
  • S-shaped hooks
  • 2 buckets
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Stainless bowl

Step 1. Preparing the moss and combining the materials

Put the contents of the sphagnum moss inside one bucket, and then fill it with water. Get another bucket and fill half with seed raising mix and the other half with peat moss, and then mix these two materials.

Step 2. Building the planter

Grab the stainless bowl and some string. Place one long cut string vertically on the bowl and another string still connected to the spool horizontally. They should be crisscross inside the bowl with the ends and spool hanging outside. Get the bucket with sphagnum moss and grab a fistful of it. Squeeze the water out and then place it inside the stainless bowl on top of the two strings. Follow the surface of the bowl so you’ll be creating a bowl-like mold with the sphagnum moss.

Step 3. Setting the plants

Add a handful from the contents of the bucket filled with seed raising mix and peat moss on top of the sphagnum moss. Next, take your plants or flowers and transfer them into the moss planter. Try to remove soil from the old container as much as possible. After placing, put some more of the combined seed raising mix and peat moss around the base of the plant or flower.

Step 4. Packing the bowl or planter

Now, take some more sphagnum moss and place it around the base of the plant or flower. It’s fine if you cover the lower part of the plant or flower. Pack it until it becomes ball-shaped. Once you’re happy with the shape, tie the strings to hold the ball in place. You can now remove the ball and strengthen the structure by wrapping it around with more string. Do this until you feel that the sphagnum is secured and avoid placing the strings on top of the plant.

Step 5. Hanging the moss ball

Before cutting the string, extend a few inches so that you can use it to hang your moss ball. Next, find a location where you can hang the planter. Grab an s-shaped hook and attach it to the string. If you don’t have any place to hang the s-shaped hooks, you can install a rain chain vertically in-between two posts.

Now, this is a unique vertical garden that would amaze your family and friends. If you have some colored string, you can wrap it around the ball to make it look more attractive. 

Potted Vertical Garden

If you have clay pots, there are two ways you can use them for your vertical garden. You can stick them to a frame or create a vertical planter. Here’s how:


Clay pot wall

  • Clay pots of the same size
  • Waterproof board
  • Plants or flowers
  • Coffee filters
  • Potting mix
  • Diamond blade with a grinder
  • Adhesive
  • Drill
  • Screws

Step 1. Cutting the clay pots

To create the vertical garden, you will need to cut the clay pots in half using a diamond blade with a grinder. 

Step 2. Setting up the frame

Next, get a board or frame that is waterproof so that it would last longer. Put some adhesive on the cut side of the clay pots and stick them to the board at slanted towards the right. The opening of the clay pot should be pointing to the upper right corner of the frame.

Step 3. Installing the frame

Find an area for the vertical garden. Screw the frame sloping downwards so that the clay pots opening will be facing up. The clay pots would look like steps of stairs cascading down.

Step 4. Adding the plants or flowers

Line the clay pots with a coffee filter so that the potting mix won’t pass through. This will keep the surface below the vertical garden clean. Next, fill the clay pots with potting mix. Lastly, add plants or flowers inside the clay pots.


Clay pot planter

  • Clay pots of variable sizes
  • Steel and metal plate or rebar
  • Potting mix
  • Plants or flowers
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Step 1. Creating the primary frame

You have two options for the primary frame of this planter. If you’re going to place your planter on a paved area, you should weld a piece of steel on top of a metal plate so that you have a base. The other option is to hammer rebar into your lawn so that you won’t need a base. The downside is that you can only relocate the planter into other areas with soil. 

Step 2. Adding the support

For either option, measure the height of the biggest clay pot by placing it beside the piece of steel or bar. Drill a hole for a nail, because this will be used to support the second-to-the-largest clay pot.

Step 3. Placing the pots

Place the biggest clay pot first (the pots should have a hole in the middle) and then stick a nail in the hole. Add the second-to-the-largest pot, and if it slants, that’s fine because it is part of the design. After, place the rest of the pots in order of descending size. Slant the third pot the opposite way of the second-to-the-largest pot; do the same for the rest.

Step 4. Adding plants or flowers

Fill the pots with potting mix, and then add plants or flowers of your choice. For the biggest pot below, you can two to three types as long as it fits.

With some clay pots and a few materials, you can create two different vertical gardens. Let us know which of the two (or other designs) you created in the comments below.

Kenneth Wilson
April 21, 2020
Ideas & Inspiration, Yard & Garden

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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