The possibilities are just about endless when it comes to a vertical garden. You can plant fresh herbs, beautiful perennials, and hearty annuals inside or outside in any one of these DIY ideas. Of course, not only are upright plantings great for small spaces, they’re also wonderfully eye-catching!
Modern Kitchen Garden
Grow your herbs right where you need them—in your kitchen, of course! You can easily customize this tutorial by purchasing pots that match your own decor.
Tin Can Fence Garden
Spray painted tin cans make for absolutely adorable, not to mention, extremely affordable, planters.
Plywood Hanging Planter
These sturdy planters can handle all your heavier greens. (And the natural hue of the plywood looks lovely in just about any home).
Farmhouse Style Wall Planter
Even the most amateur artists can craft this creation. The more chippy the paint, the more rustic it looks!
Wooden Bead Hanging Planter
Take a cue from this blogger and feature a colorful pot in your homemade planter for a pop of color.
Brass Ring Hanging Planter
This delicate DIY is ideal for a single small succulent or air plant. Because it’s so simple, it looks stunning when paired with other potted plants.
Clay Pot Vertical Garden
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.
Succulent Tray Vertical Garden
Similar to nursery flats, these rectangular, plastic trays are divided into planting cells, all slanted at a 30-degree angle with bottom holes that promote drainage and aeration. Each tray comes with a bracket for mounting, though you’ll need to add a wood frame to achieve the “wall art” look above. Plant them with succulents which have shallow root systems, are well-suited for trays with 2″ x 2″ cells. Opt for the larger 4″ x 4″ cells when planting small annuals, perennials, and edibles (such as lettuce).
Ammunition Can Vertical Garden
Who knew upcycled ammunition cans could make cute planters?
Leather and Wood Trellis
With this trellis wall garden, you have the option to include several different types of plants.
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!).
DIY Wall Planter
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!
Copper Pipe Hanging Planter
Add a little flair and personality into your vertical garden with a punny sign and colorful string.
Hanging Glass Terrarium Planter
If you love succulents, display them in several glass orb terrariums. Potting the terrariums yourself gives you the freedom to pick many different types.
Composed of non-toxic biodegradable material, these pouches are super durable. Metal grommets make them easy to attach to a wall with screws. The standard 15″ x 24″ pockets, which hold up to 20 pounds of soil apiece, accommodate most annuals, plus small edibles and perennials. In this photo, carex grasses, colorful coleus, trailing petunias, and more flourish along the side of a barn. How do you water them? If the plants are within easy reach, you could always rely on your trusty hose or watering can. But for pockets and trays hung up high, install an automatic gravity irrigation system. Attach the system to a hose, then run the drip lines through the open channels in the backs of the pockets or trays.
Indoor Hanging Herb Garden
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!
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.
Create a vertical planter pyramid! Keep the structure from becoming too precarious by reinforcing the stacked crates with wooden planks.
Minimalist Vertical Garden
If you prefer a clean, minimalist aesthetic, stacked cedar boxes attached to the side of your home make for a striking vertical garden.
Recycled Soda Bottles
One person’s trash is another person’s vertical garden—here, empty plastic soda bottles are packed with soil and hung from a clothesline.
For a decidedly less construction-heavy project, neatly stack pots on the rungs of a ladder. For a bit more flourish, add a hook for a hanging planter.
A hanging shoe organizer doubles perfectly as a vertical garden: its pockets are the ideal size for growing individual plants and herbs.
Lattice Vertical Garden
This vertical garden has its very own irrigation system: At the center of the structure, there are two PVC pipes with holes drilled in them for even water distribution.
Constructed cedar troughs are mounted to wooden sides and then stained in this crafty vertical garden project.
This adorably kooky vertical garden doubles as a sculpture and incorporates a small bird bath at the very top.
Hang-a-Pot—polypropylene supports that clamp onto the backs of pots—practically disappear when screwed into a wall or fence. Designed to endure high winds, each hanger can bear up to 100 pounds. Plant them with anything you’d typically put in a pot is fine, including kitchen herbs and annuals like the pansies and bacopa.
This indoor vertical garden is constructed using only four basic materials: a cabinet door, hooks, a saw tooth hanger, and some pretty tin buckets.
As these rain gutters (planted with euphorbia and creeping wire vine) demonstrate, salvaged finds can double as excellent, and unusual, vertical gardening systems. Just remember to drill holes in the bottoms of your scores, if necessary, for drainage. Other ideas for repurposed planters: burlap bags and shutters with slats wide enough for you to tuck succulents inside. Note: Before planting any edibles, make sure your cast-off container is nontoxic.