20 Vertical Gardening Ideas: Grow More In Less Space

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If you’d like to grow your own veggies but you don’t have a lot of space, vertical gardening is one of the most practical solutions. It doesn’t really matter what vegetable you want to grow, there’s always a vertical garden design you can create.

Of course, when choosing the plants you should also consider the conditions you can provide (light, access to water, temperature….etc.) and select vegetables that will thrive in your garden.

collage of plants growing vertically. text: diy vertical gardening ideas

Vertical Gardening Ideas

To start your vertical garden, you’ll first need to choose a sunny spot in your garden. Most vegetables prefer a minimum of 6 hours of sun. If your garden gets less than 6 hours of sun, you can still grow many herbs and some vegetables like lettuce and spinach.

Just like with container gardening, you want to choose the highest quality potting soil you can find. Organic is preferred especially when you’re growing food.

As far as what you can use to erect your vertical planter, there is really no limit! Check out these amazing outdoor vertical ideas you can use as inspiration to make your own perfect vertical garden planter at home.

Don’t forget to pin your favorite ideas to come back to later.

1. Vertical Garden DIY: Pallet + Paint Pales

Rachel has a great idea for creating a vertical garden in her yard. She used an old pallet and empty paint buckets to make a simple and cheap vertical garden for her yard.

Place this vertical garden in a location that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight and grow your favorite herbs like basil, thyme, oregano, and mint. Learn more about this project at A Beautiful Mess.

Easy DIY Vertical Garden Idea
This is a great idea for growing a small herb garden vertically.

2. DIY Galvanized Wire & Buckets Vertical Garden

This is a really cool idea from Heathered Nest. Dave and Heather built a diy hanging garden to create a living screen on the edge of their porch.

I love that their idea is totally customizable to fit your space. Make sure you drill a hole or two in the bottom of your bucket for drainage, and plant in your favorite flowers, herbs, even strawberries.

I love how she used inexpensive wooden spoons for garden markers! Here are 35 more ideas for vegetable garden markers I think you’ll like.

diy vertical garden idea
This vertical garden design makes a modern statement.

3. Vertical Garden DIY Using An Old Ladder

If you have a front porch that needs an update, then here’s an easy way to make a vertical garden that is perfect for a porch! I think I will have to do something like this at my house!

Rachel at Shades Of Blue Interiors has simple instructions that anyone can follow to create your own ladder garden. This would be perfect for an easy diy vertical herb garden. I can imagine it planted with lemongrass, citronella, and marigolds to help repel mosquitoes on your porch.

DIY vertical garden for front porch using a ladder
I really love how this ladder garden turned out.

4. DIY Wall Garden With Moveable Planters

If you are looking for beauty and functionality, then this living wall is the solution. The larger size planters on this freestanding vertical garden are perfect for lettuce, herbs, even cabbage, kale, and strawberries.

Learn how to build a vertical garden wall at Oleander And Palm.

diy vertical garden the living wall
This DIY living is a beautiful addition to your garden.

Get tips for growing veggies in containers.

5. Modern Grid Trellis From Garden Stakes

Add a modern touch to your vegetable garden with this grid trellis made from garden stakes. It would be the perfect stylish support for pole beans, peas, or cucumbers. Get these vertical garden plans at Francois Et Moi.

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This grid pattern makes a clean, modern design for a garden trellis.

6. Chicken Wire Planter On Pallet Wood

This is a great vertical planter DIY from stowandtellu.com! Amy creates a beautiful vertical garden planters from chicken wire and pallet wood. The end result is just beautiful!

I think strawberries and mint would be nice in these, or get crazy and try a sweet potato plant in these!

diy vertical garden made from chicken wire
Chicken wire shaped into cones makes an interesting and lovely vertical garden.

7. DIY Vertical Garden Pallet Planter

Pallets lend themselves naturally to DIY vertical gardening projects, and this idea from Ruffled Blog is a creative use of an old pallet. I’ve seen vertical pallet planters like this dressed up with chalkboard paint to label plants.

I love this vertical planter idea for greens like lettuce, spinach, or invasive herbs like mint.

diy vertical garden pallet planter
A simple pallet makes a beautiful living garden wall.

8. Vertical Balcony Garden

If you’re short on space, then this DIY vertical planter project is what you need.  Using mostly upcycled materials, Brittany at  bybrittanygoldwyn.com created a planter that is perfect for small spaces.

I love how she filled it out with herbs, and you could add in some dwarf tomatoes and strawberries in the lower planter.

diy vertical garden for patio
The perfect DIY for a patio garden.

9. How To Build A Vertical Planter

This project gives you tons of gardening space. You can practically plant anything your heart desires in these vertical garden planters from Jamie at Creating Really Awesome Fun Things.

Diy vertical garden planter
Make your own attractive vertical garden planter.

10. PVC Pipe Vertical Garden

If you want to try something really unique, give this PVC vertical garden planter from The Kim Six Fix a try. Just keep in mind that these planters are very small. So stick to herbs like oregano and thyme and some lettuce.

diy vertical garden using pvc elbow
Here’s an original idea to use PVC pipe elbows as planters.

11. Beautiful Cedar Wall Planter

Learn how you can make this gorgeous vertical garden planter from cedar planks at Rogue Engineer. This planter looks so professional, but you can make it yourself at home.

The large planting space makes this planter perfect for growing things like basil, strawberries, even cabbage or broccolini.

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Cedar makes a lovely vertical planter.

12. Vertical Garden Made From A Door

This kitchen herb garden from infarrantlycreative.net is so cute! Rebecca did a great job filling this vertical planter with her favorite herbs and greens.

diy vertical garden using door
Didn’t this door planter turn out so cute?

13. Painted Wood Pallet Planter

This painted pallet would make a pretty addition to your garden even without the plants! Using the larger size terra cotta pots, you can easily grow peppers, dwarf tomatoes, broccoli or cauliflower in this DIY vertical garden wall.

Learn how Claire created this planter at pillarboxblue.com

Painted wood pallet planter for diy vertical garden.
The stencil painting on this pallet is lovely!

14. Hanging Gutter Planter And Stand

You’ll love this hanging gutter planter from Her Tool Belt. I think this would be just perfect for a porch or patio growing chives, oregano, or strawberries.

diy vertical garden using gutters
I love the bright blue color of these gutters!

15. Mason Jar Wall Garden

How precious is this vertical garden diy project? If you’re looking to create a small herb garden, then take a look at this mason jar vertical garden from Amber at kleinworthco.com

Choose plants that can grow in a small space like chives, thyme, and oregano.

diy vertical garden using mason jars
This cute mason jar garden would also make a nice Mother’s Day gift.

16. Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

Here’s another way to use pallets to make a vertical garden. This time, Jen from Pink When created a free-standing planter that holds terra cotta planters.

diy vertical garden free-standing pallet
I bet this looks beautiful when the plants fill out.

17. DIY Stair-Step Vertical Garden

If you have a little more space, try making this stair step design from Helpful Homemade.

You will be able to plant lots of vegetables and herbs in these planters. Try planting some peppers and spinach or even some root veggies like carrots and beets.

diy vertical garden stair design
This vertical garden gives you tons of growing space.

18. Vertical Herb Garden From Hanging File Organizer

This idea from inspiredbycharm.com is a great way to repurpose a hanging file organizer. I’ve seen similar hanging organizers on Amazon and always loved the look. This is such a clever idea.

diy vertical garden file organizer
This is a clever idea for vertical gardening!

19. DIY Garden Planter Tower

If you love to DIY then this is the vertical garden project for you! Impress your friends by filling this planter with strawberries, chives, oregano, thyme, lettuce, and rainbow chard.

Get full DIY instructions at Remove And Replace.

diy vertical garden tower
Imagine the statement this garden tower makes when the plants fill in!

20. Cedar Ladder Planter

Follow the plans at Ana-White.com to build this ladder planter. You’ll get plenty of growing space for dwarf tomatoes, peppers, and brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower in this design. Fill in between plants with lettuce, onion chives, and spinach.

diy vertical garden cedar ladder
You’ll love gardening in this cedar ladder design.

Have you ever tried a vertical garden?

I hope you liked all these DIY vertical gardens, and if you have another idea, I’d love to hear about it!

Please share your experience in the comments below!

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