3 Simple Steps to a Vertical Garden

July 15, 2015


Calling all green thumbs!

Are you "in" on the hottest trend in gardening right now? Vertical gardens or "living walls" have been around for centuries - think trellises or climbing vines - but these days they are all the rage and there are more styles and types than you can count!

Created from everyday things like palettes, plastic bottles, pvc pipes and even cinderblock, these do it yourself gardens can be as simple or elaborate as you'd like. Here are some tips for creating your own:

  1. Plant Types - Whether you're looking to grow plants for decoration or for food, a vertical garden is a great way to do so, especially if you're short on space. You can create beautiful flowering walls by mixing foliage like Lomandra, different varieties of Ivy, and Flax Lily with colorful flowering plants like Clivia, Geranium and Lavender. Or if your focus is the kitchen, try some Lettuce varieites, onions, thyme, sage, clinatro, mint and more.

  2. Wall Materials - It seems that wall gardens can be crafted from almost anything these days but the most popular are pallettes. But, we love it when people dare to be different! Pick something unusual and that you wouldn't expect and it is sure to be a head turner with guests. We even spotted an old dresser turned garden and a shoe organizer pocket garden in this list over on Country Living's site! It all comes down to your preference of materials and the look you want.

  3. Location, Location, Location - Sun, shade, inside, outside - all valid points when deciding where to erect your wall o' plants. Take into account what your plants need when it comes to the elements. If they aren't mobile like these, make sure that you are growing the right plant in the right environment and all will be coming up roses - or herbs, whatever the case may be.

Yep, it really is that easy. You can scour the web for a bazillion different ideas and even video tutorials to help you build the vertical garden of your dreams. And remember, whatever design you pick, you're sure to find all the building materials, tools, plants, soil and more waiting for you at the Marlborough Mall WalMart Garden Center

Now, we're curious, what would you plant in a vertical garden and why?

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