9 Vertical Garden DIY Ideas: What Props You Can Build

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If you don’t have that much space in your backyard, but you still want to be able to plant some flowers and practice your gardening skills, you should consider building a vertical garden. All you need for a vertical garden DIY are some blank walls or fences, some plants, and a lot of creativity. Vertical gardens can sometimes be even more interesting than traditional gardens, due to their unusual position and creative props. Because we want to provide you with some inspiration to build your own, we made today’s guide all about vertical garden DIY ideas. Let’s have a look, shall we?

9 Vertical Garden DIY Ideas for Your Backyard

1. Tin Boxes on Wooden Walls

A great way to repurpose tin containers is to use them as pots and create a DIY vertical garden wall. Place a wooden wall in whatever size you see fit in your backyard, and then attach the tin boxes to it. You can fill the containers with soil and plant your favorite flowers there. You’ll end up with a lovely flower wall in your backyard.

vertical garden made of tin boxes hanging from a wooden display

In order to make the design even more interesting and creative, we advise you to pick out boxes of different sizes. Moreover, you don’t necessarily have to align them. The more dispersed they are, the better the end result will be. You can also exercise your creativity when it comes to the wall you attach your boxes to. For instance, you can paint it just like in the image above, and even match the paint colors with the colors of the flowers in the boxes.

2. Pouches on a Fence

When it comes to vertical garden plans, this one is definitely one of the cheapest ones you could devise. All you need are some pieces of material that you sow together to create a pouch. Then, you fill the pouches with soil and plant whatever you want in them. You can attach the pouches to an already existing fence, as in the image below, or you can build an entirely new support system especially for them.

flower pouches hanging from a fence

You can exercise your creativity with this vertical garden DIY as well. For instance, you can create smaller pouches that you arrange according to your imagination. If you want to go for a more ordered design, you can get your inspiration from the previous image, and place only pink flowers on one row and only white ones on the other.

3. Soda Bottles on a Wall

If you really don’t have space in your backyard, you’re going to love this vertical garden DIY. Not only will you make the most of the space you have, but you’ll also recycle in the process. If you have plastic bottles lying around the house, why not turn them into flower pots?

collage showing how to turn plastic bottles into flower pots

The great thing about this vertical garden DIY is the fact that you can hang the bottles on one of the walls of your house. So you don’t really need to have a garden to grow your favorite flowers. The DIY is also quite simple. All you need are some plastic bottles, your favorite plants, some soil, and some sturdy threads. The trick is to tie the bottles together by attaching the thread to their mouth. Then, simply hang them on the wall, cut holes in their center, and fill the holes with soil.

4. Painting Vertical Planter

Are you a fan of art on your walls? Then why not also decorate the exterior walls of your home with gorgeous natural art creations? If you have an empty frame that you have no use for, or you can find one for sale, you can create your own vertical garden planter that looks exactly like a painting.

collage showing a flower display that looks like a painting

Plant whatever flowers or herbs you want in a wall planter, and then use the frame to surround it. The end result is similar to a painting of nature. As such, it will definitely provide your backyard with an interesting and unique look. Try to be as creative as possible with the plant choices. Also, be mindful of the color scheme that is going to take shape. For instance, we love the combination of mostly blue-green tones with just a touch of dark-red and pink in the images above.

5. Tree of Pots

If you don’t have a tree in your backyard, there’s no reason why you can’t create one on your wall. How, you ask? By using sturdy metal rods that you shape according to your own vision of a perfect tree. Don’t forget to add circle-shaped props in places where you want your pots to hang. Try to create an imperfect design, since it will look more natural.

flower display shaped like a tree

In order for the structure not to be too heavy, we advise you to use smaller pots, such as those in the image above. The types of plants you place in the pots are completely up to you. You can go for similar ones, like in the example we provided you with, or be more daring and choose multicolored flowers. The choice also depends on the color of your wall. Try to decide on something that will complement it instead of overshadowing it.

6. Concrete Blocks on a Wall

Yet another inexpensive vertical garden DIY, this one makes use of concrete blocks to create a unique flower display. Even though you can technically go for a vertical vegetable garden DIY as well, these blocks look best when they host a large variety of flowers.

concrete blocks being used as flower pots

One of the best things about this vertical garden DIY is the fact that you can really make it your own. Concrete blocks come in different shapes and sizes. Thus, you can come up with different patterns according to the idea you have in mind and the space you can afford to fill with this project. Don’t be afraid to experiment and test out different options before choosing the one you like best. In terms of plants, succulents look truly amazing in concrete blocks. Still, you can also decide on other types of plants, depending on the size of the blocks.

7. Rain Gutter Garden

Who said rain gutters can only serve their original purpose? You can turn rain gutters into perfect vertical gardening systems where you can grow anything from vegetables to herbs and flowers. You can easily install rain gutters on your wall, and create a storied garden display in no time.

rain gutters being used as vegetable containers

The image above shows you how you can grow salad and other vegetables in rain gutters. It seems like the perfect solution for people who are lacking space in their backyard, doesn’t it? Whether you decide to grow your own vegetables, or you want a unique display for your flowers, this DIY project will take a minimum amount of time and effort.

8. Mason Jars Garden

It’s no secret that mason jars are becoming increasingly popular and that people find a lot of uses for them. As it turns out, you can also use mason jars to create your own vertical herb garden. You can turn this project into an indoor vertical garden, but it works perfectly fine on the outside of your home as well. All you need to complete this vertical garden DIY are some mason jars, soil, the herb seeds that you want to sow, and some cute tags to stick to every jar.

collage of woman making a vertical herb garden display

The images above show you how you can attach the mason jars to a plank and write the name of the herb that you’ve planted under each jar. However, if you want to make things more colorful, you can look for multicolored sticky notes that you can use to label the jars. The choice is completely up to you. Regardless of the technique, there’s no denying that this is a really ingenious way of growing your own herbs.

9. Repurposed Trellis

Usually, we use a trellis to support our plants’ growth. But how about using one for a vertical garden DIY? If you can’t afford to spend a lot of time and money on creating a vertical garden, you can simply buy a trellis (or make one yourself) and place it near one of the fences of your backyard. You can also place it next to one of the walls of your house if that option seems better for you.

flower pots hanging from a trellis

Then, buy whatever kind of flower pots you want and attach them to the trellis by using hooks. For an extra touch of color, we advise you to follow the example above and choose a colored trellis to which you attach multicolored pots. We especially love the effort put in matching the colors of the pots in the previous image.

Summing It All Up

Whether you don’t have a lot of space in your garden and you want to find a creative way to grow your own flowers, or you simply want to try out some new and interesting vertical garden DIY ideas, we hope today’s guide will be of use to you. Vertical gardens are definitely a type of project every person who has a passion for gardening and DIYs should try. Don’t hesitate to be one of them!

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