Vertical Gardens: Creative Growing Spaces

Vertical gardening is a hot trend for creating unique garden arrangements in small spaces. This style of gardening is attractive because it makes efficient use of space and puts your plants on display at eye level. If you decide to bring your vertical garden into your home, you not only have a beautiful, living wall decoration, but also a natural air purifier. The styles and designs of vertical gardens are as varied and unique as the gardeners themselves.

Reclaimed frames and containers
One of the fun parts of vertical gardening is deciding how you want to grow upwards. Two common methods are the pallet garden and the container wall.

Pallets can either be purchased new or reclaimed from stores and warehouses. You want to find a pallet that has been heat treated (check for an “HT” stamped on it) rather than chemically treated to prevent toxins from leaking into your soil. If you are planting a vertical veggie garden, you may want to stay away from pallets because they could be contaminated with toxins or diseases from being in shipping yards or alleys. Be sure that if you use a pallet, you leave it lying horizontally for about two weeks so the plants’ roots have time to take hold because they are what will hold the soil in place.

Container walls are most commonly seen as a series of flower pots that are attached to a fence, wall, or trellis, but could also be a part of a hanging structure. Don’t limit yourself to the basic flower pot, however. Experiment with containers of different shapes, sizes, colors and materials to suit your overall theme or personality.

Living pictures
Living pictures are vertical gardens that are made up of succulents and require little growing room and infrequent watering. They are made by filling a shadow box with soil and placing a wire grid over it before attaching a decorative frame. Succulents can then be planted into the grid. If you already have succulents growing in your yard, you can take clippings from them to plant in your living picture. Plant larger succulents first and then fill in the smaller ones as closely together as possible. Don’t be afraid to let your creativity flow while designing the picture’s appearance!

Once your picture has been planted, leave it lying flat in indirect sunlight for a week or two so it can root. After that, you’ll just need to decide on where to hang it. Don’t forget to water it once a month, though.

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