How to create a vertical garden

How to create a vertical garden

Gardening doesn’t need to be restricted to the ground - bring your walls to life for you and wildlife.

Traditionally we created green walls using wires or trellises to provide a framework for climbing plants. Climbing plants like clematis, honeysuckle, roses and Jasmine can create an amazing scent for your garden and are loved by many creatures from butterflies to bees. 

Green walls:

  • Deflect water from buildings
  • Provide an extra layer of insulation
  • Keep homes cool in summer
  • Look fantastic
  • Provide habitats for insects
  • Contribute to air quality improvement 
  • Contribute to reduced noise pollution
  • Make the most of your space

Many types of plants will thrive in a green wall, from herbs and fruit to grasses and ferns.

Over the past few years a new technique has taken hold; the vertical garden. This is where plants live in pockets, or vertical hanging baskets. Many types of plants will thrive in a vertical garden, from herbs and fruit to grasses and ferns. By not using climbing plants that naturally want to climb and ramble in a very freeform manner, a much more defined and designed scheme can be created.  

A popular choice for vertical gardens is using upcycled wooden pallets! Be careful with edible planting – there are some health concerns regarding pesticide treatments of the wood, so take care when selecting your pallets. To be safe, if you’re planting directly into the pallets, use them for flowers instead. Otherwise you can use a leaning pallet to attach pots.

Things you will need:

  • A wooden pallet
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • Jubilee clips (of an appropriate length to go around chosen pots)
  • Terracotta pots
  • Optional: paint, paintbrushes, stencils, varnish for sealing

Making your vertical pallet planter:

  1. Make sure your pallet is clean and safe, sanding down any sharp edges and checking for protruding nails or splinters.
  2. If painting your pallet or pots, do this now, making sure to seal the wood with a varnish and letting everything dry before moving on.
  3. Screw a hole near the centre of each jubilee clip and screw these into the wood in whichever arrangement you’d like your pots to hang in – for example, in an alternate checkered pattern.
  4. Close up the jubilee clips so that they hold the pots about halfway down their length.
  5. Insert plants of your choice, making sure to water and care for them as appropriate!

Other popular choices for upcycled vertical gardens include shoe organisers and plastic bottles!