48 Creative Ways to Plant a Vertical Garden In Small Space

Vertical gardening is nothing more than using vertical space to grow vegetables (or herbs, or flowers, even root crops), often using containers that hang on a sunny wall.

Traditional gardeners have done similar things with climbing plants like squashes and beans for centuries by building trellises. Vertical gardening takes it one step further by giving non-climbing plants a space on the wall.

1. Clay Pot Vertical Garden

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If you’ve been looking to spruce up an apartment balcony, this clay pot vertical garden is a great way to add greenery without taking up too much space.

2. Florafelt System

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For those who like to make living walls and want an all-in-one system, you can’t go wrong with Florafelt. These recycled nylon felt units come with easy to use pockets for root-wrapped plants. A built-in drip irrigation system runs along the top of the wall to water the pockets. Leftover water falls into a drain line at the bottom.

3. Pallet Planter

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Here is an alternate pallet system using the back side of the pallet. Notice the other boards nailed under the crossbeams to hold up soil, turning this pallet into a bunch of row boxes.

Placement of this type of design would be crucial due to the shade that is created, but it’s perfect for these succulents.

4. Ammunition Can Vertical Garden

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Who knew upcycled ammunition cans could make cute planters?

5. Hang a Colander

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Hanging your plants leaves extra space below; plus, these colorful colanders make the most adorable vessels for flowers.

6. Pallet Flower Display

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Paint an old pallet and show off your favorite flowers near your front door or in a corner of your garden. The vertical display takes up very little space, and you can change out the flowers or decor with each season to keep things fresh!

7. Repurpose Coffee Can

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We didn’t need an incentive to drink more coffee, but now we’re glad we have one.

8. Leather and Wood Trellis

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With this trellis wall garden, you have the option to include several different types of plants.

9. Stand-Alone Wall

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This vertical garden—built by affixing hex wire netting to a cedar frame—can accommodate up to 35 small terra-cotta pots (that’s a lot of growing potential!).

10. DIY Wall Planter

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Can’t decide on how small or large you want your vertical garden? You can have this wall planter take up as much space as you want!

11. Stack Your Planter

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Stack your planters to make a tiered herb garden.

12. Hangin Glass Terrarium Planter

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If you love succulents, display them in several glass orb terrariums. Potting the terrariumsyourself gives you the freedom to pick many different types.

13. Recycled Pockets

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14. Hang a Garden

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Another way to cram more greenery onto a backyard patio with minimal square footage—hang your plants in tiered baskets.

15. Indoor Hanging Herbs

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Easily build this hanging herb garden in your kitchen window with wooden rods and curtain rings. You’ll love having your herbs readily available for recipes!

16. Hanging Planter

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This hanging planter is made up of five wooden planks with openings that let pots dangle. The planks are spaced evenly between two pieces of rope and are secured with zip ties for a uniform look.

17. Stacked Crates

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Create a vertical planter pyramid! Keep the structure from becoming too precarious by reinforcing the stacked crates with wooden planks.

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