Beginners' Guide To Vertical Gardening

Published: 11/11/2022 | Updated: 29/03/2023

Beginners' Guide To Vertical Gardening - Shrubhub

Gardening is an activity practiced by almost 55% of American households. It is a practice that's both productive and pleasing.

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Engaging in gardening will not only provide you with a beautiful space but will also help you connect with nature and become more mindful of resources and how to deal with them. And as a plus, you'll be helping the planet breathe.

So, what should you do if you have a small space and are interested in gardening? If your yard isn't big enough for a traditional garden, worry not, your next best option would be vertical gardening, which is exactly what we're focusing on in this piece.

Why should I consider vertical gardening?

We've mentioned how vertical gardening is ideal for a small outdoor space, but does that make them only good for smaller yards?

The short answer is no, the long one is a list of reasons why vertical gardens work perfectly with any space you have.

Gardening vertically will also result in larger crops, being easier to take care of with a better aeration system, a vertical garden tends to result in healthier crops and turn, more crop yield.

Beginners' Guide To Vertical Gardening - Shrubhub

Plants you can grow in a vertical garden

When it comes to what plants you can plant in your vertical garden, the list is quite long. Most vegetables and many fruits can grow vertically in the right circumstances.

Growing plants vertically doesn't necessarily indicate having to stick to climbing plants, plants can grow vertically in hanging planters, a clay pot vertical garden, hanging baskets, and more.

Here are some of the plants you can grow in a vertical garden.

Vegetables and edible plants

Growing vegetables at home are one of the most sustainable and productive practices that has been in trend for the past few years.  

Some of the vegetables you can plant in a vertical garden are: 

While some of them may not have a climbing nature or may not grow in vines, they can still be grown vertically using standalone vertical gardens or a hanging planter.

Beginners' Guide To Vertical Gardening - Shrubhub


Herbs are a great addition to your garden as they add a beautiful look, and fragrant air in addition to producing fresh herbs that will up your cooking game. Here are a few of the many herbs you can grow in your vertical garden. 

Herbs like mint and basil are very easy to grow if you’re a gardening beginner.  

There is a handful of reasons why you should grow herbs like rosemary and lavender. They will give your garden color, attract bees and provide an amazing smell to your garden’s air. They also happen to repel mosquitos for a comfortable space free of unwanted visitors.

You can create your own DIY vertical herb garden by using macrame hanging planters for the herbs to go in and a rod for the planters to hang on to.

Another idea is to spray-paint an old ladder and use it as shelves for herb pots.


Daises, roses, and lilies are all flowers you can grow vertically for a decorative element if you're looking to soften a wall or create a walled garden.

Beginners' Guide To Vertical Gardening - Shrubhub

Vertical garden best-suited plants

Beginners' Guide To Vertical Gardening - Shrubhub

Vertical Garden Ideas

The best thing about vertical gardening is the freedom it provides; you can create a vertical garden using empty plastic soda bottles, sewer PVC pipes, an old dresser, or a shoe case.

There are no limits to how creative and sustainable you can get.

The following are some DIY vertical garden ideas you could consider when creating your vertical garden:

DIY pocket garden

This idea can provide you with a space to plant vertically and can provide privacy when employed in a space where privacy is needed.

All you'll need for this one are wooden posts for the base, a highly durable fabric like garden weed control fabric, wooden slats, and a wood stapler.

  1. Start by digging and fixing the wooden posts into the ground. Make sure to adjust the distance between your posts to achieve the required width.

  2. Your next step is to attach your pattern\ wooden slats to the wooden posts using nails or strong staples. (They should be attached so that the posts and wooden slats are creating an outpost fence shape together)

    Pay attention to the distance between each slat and the other to make sure your garden will look even and well-made.

  3. You can choose to spray paint your wooden structure a certain color to work with your yard. (optional)

  4. Staple a piece of the fabric to the back of your structure to prevent the soil from running off with irrigation.

  5. You are now ready to create your garden pockets. Stable the fabric to the top of the structure on each row then weave it into each of the slats and staple each pocket in place.

  6. The final step is to add your soil\ compost to the pockets and place the plants of your choice in them.

Self-watering vertical gardens

You can create one by drilling holes in the bottom of PVC pipes and stacking them in parallel rows, this helps the water to move on to the next set, it also provides the soil with proper drainage since the excess water drains at the bottom.

Beginners' Guide To Vertical Gardening - Shrubhub

Vertical garden art

Using picture frames and hardware metal wires, you can create your living wall frames to give any wall in your garden character and definition. For this one, you should be using air plants or succulents with moss for a backdrop.

This is a very low-maintenance idea as all you'll need to do is mist your plants occasionally.

With that, you'll have beautiful artwork that's perfect for small spaces and wall decorating.

Preset vertical gardens

  1. Fabric pockets vertical garden: These are garden kits you can buy on amazon or your local hardware store, they'll have openings to screw nails in for easy installation, and you can customize them to any wall or column you have.

  2. Vertical box gardens: These gardens are very customizable as you can place them in whatever manner and use whatever color palettes that fit your space.

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