The trend of vertical gardening has only really come into its own within the last few years. Gardening upwards is a style long linked to those living in the urban jungle who had balconies but still wanted to garden. Now, it’s used in homes all over the globe, including those who have smaller gardens that benefit from growing plants upwards. However, vertical gardening isn’t just for cramped spaces, those with larger gardens like to use vertical gardening methods to add another dimension.
Still confused about how it could work for you? Here’s a look at everything you need to know about DIY vertical gardening:
Where to Use Vertical Gardening
To create the perfect vertical garden, you need to make it work with the available space. Though you may have aspirations of a tropical haven on your 9th-floor balcony, it might not be possible with the layout. Keep it confined to a special place if you’re tight on space and create a designated area if you’ve got a larger garden – turning into more of a feature.
Will It Work for You?
There are no rules when it comes to vertical gardening aside from the obvious – it’s entirely based around the idea of having your garden built up rather than out. Other than that, you’ve got complete creative control! Vertical gardening does require a fair bit of work to begin with to make such an impressive structure, as well as some maintenance after. So, if your gardening style is more laissez-faire, then this may not be the best option.
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Popular Vertical Gardening Methods
There are plenty of gardening centers that offer pre-made vertical gardening structures, but this trend is really all about being as creative as possible. That means doing it DIY style. If you’ve got a small patio area or balcony, then potted plants are definitely the way forward. You don’t even need to stick to conventional ceramic pots. Vertical gardeners have used jam jars, plastic bottles and even wellington boots in the past. Once you’ve got everything potted, you’ll need a structure to place them on. This could be old gutter pipes, bookshelves or shoe racks. Essentially any sturdy structure that will be able to hold your potted plants.
If you’ve got a little more space to play with, you can explore the trend further. You can erect your very own feature wall using beautiful floral arrangements or an abundance of greenery, like climbers for example. This can be done on a brick wall in your garden or with the help of a wooden climber wall. Not only does this automatically give you a wonderful floral masterpiece for guests to admire, but you’re also saving space at the same time.
You can even combine the vertical gardening trend with a peaceful space for relaxation. Create three walls of floral vertical gardens surrounding your luxury outdoor furniture, then include a water feature or calming pond. This space will be somewhere can unwind after a long, stressful day.
Your vertical garden will need to be well maintained in order to see it flourish! It can actually be extremely useful to plant your flowers in this way, as it creates its own watering system when you water the top plants and the stream of water can trickle to the bottom. You’ll also need to make sure that the structure is getting enough sunlight but not too much direct sunlight, meaning you might have to swap and change plants where necessary.
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Author Bio: My name is Nathan. I am a 54-year-old architect and interior designer who recently started to write stuff on the internet. I am a DIY lover and I have two beautiful daughters, a lovely wife and 2 dogs.
Catherine Blackmore says
Thanks for your advice on Vertical Gardens. I have found it difficult living in this rural town in Queensland to get good advice. I have an apartment in a duplex and in the inside near the kitchen is an Atrium. The wall is 18feet high so I think it is perfect for a VG. You did not mention in your article suitable plants for a VG? could you please give this some thought as I have used a Ficus (frosty) variegated to start with.