By: Amy Grant
If you have a small garden plot or even no garden space other than a deck or patio, the perfect gardening technique for you is vertical gardening. Plants that don’t require deep root depth are ideal candidates for vertical gardens, and an herb wall garden is a perfect example. Outdoor and indoor vertical herb garden planters can be purchased but you can create DIY herb walls, too.
Vertical herb garden ideas abound and it’s a creative, fun and useful project. Let’s look at how to make a DIY herb wall.
There are all sorts of really cool indoor and outdoor vertical herb gardens that can be purchased, and most of them are pretty pricey. If you like to tinker a bit and have more time than money, a DIY herb wall garden is the perfect fit for you.
Vertical herb garden planters don’t need to be fancy, just functional. Start by building a frame either out of wood or fabric that is sturdy enough to hang on a wall. A great repurposing idea and good for those of us who are less than handy is to use a wood pallet as our frame. These are often laid out for free in industrial areas.
Attach a plastic sheet or garden film to the back of the frame or pallet to prevent leaking. Then attach a layer of fabric, such as burlap or felt, to the frame or the inside of the pallet. This acts as a pocket for the plant to grow inside. Staple it to three sides, leaving the top end open.
At this point you may want to set up an irrigation system or drip line to facilitate watering of your wall garden.
Turn your construct so the open end is up and fill the whole thing with well-draining soil amended with compost. Make small slits or holes in the fabric and plant the herb seeds or seedlings. If you are starting from seed, keep the construct in a horizontal position while germinating. Once the plants have established, you can hang it vertically.
You can also use upended plastic bottles with the bottoms cut out to plant herbs. They can be hung uniformly or staggered upon a construct of hog wire, on an existing wall or fence, or from wires strung from a frame. Really, anything you can think of can be repurposed for planting herbs. It can be as simple or as complex as you are capable.
If you are willing to spend a bit more money, you can invest in modular plastic panels or reservoir systems. They are about 20 inches square with 45 cells in which to place the herbs. The cells are angled down at the rear to keep the soil and plants from falling out. Drip irrigation can be installed across the top of the panel within built-in slits that allow the water to trickle down the panel, watering all the cells. The cells are attached to a simple frame and planted horizontally. Leave the wall horizontal for a month or so to allow the roots to establish and then hang it from two hooks in the roof eaves.
Low growing herbs are perfect for a vertical herb wall and can be interspersed with annuals or perennials to create even more drama. You can even tuck in some strawberries. Choose plants and herbs with different textures and colors to add interest to the piece. After all, an herb wall garden is not only useful, it functions as a piece of art as well.
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Nothing livens up a dish like fresh herbs, which is why you should always have some on hand. The best way to do that? Grow them right inside your home. Whether you just want some fresh thyme or you're looking to grow a variety of herbs, there are plenty of gorgeous indoor planters and gardens to shop.
From vertical garden planters to stackable ones, we rounded up the best herb garden planters, systems, and kits for every budget. Not only will they look great in your kitchen (or wherever you choose to display them), but they’ll also add flavor to your meals year-round. If you're more of a gardening beginner, look out for self-watering options and easy-to-use kits. Don’t have a ton of room? There are also hanging and mounted herb gardens, which are ideal for small spaces. You'll have fresh herbs at your fingertips in no time.
This triple hanging planter would make a great home to any plants, but it would be an especially stylish place to grow three of your favorite, most-used herbs.
This self-watering system allows you to grow up to eight herbs at a time, making it the perfect pick for big families or avid chefs.
Add a modern farmhouse upgrade to your kitchen with these mason jar herb gardens. They use a passive hydroponic system that ensures your plants get enough nutrients and moisture. In other words, you don't need a green thumb to grow your favorite herbs.
I’ve found my green fingers in recent years and, although I never thought I would, I’ve been loving helping my mom in her beautiful garden. Where I am currently living there is no garden, so I’ve had to work more with inside plants which doesn’t bother me too much as it gives me an opportunity to be a little more creative.
A vertical wall garden is something I have been thinking about creating for a long time I’m constantly admiring photos of them online and imagining where I would put one in my own home. I finally bit the bullet and decided to go for it.
The cool thing about vertical gardens is they can be applied to whatever space you have available! Big or small! You can do shade-loving gardens in the house, vertical herb gardens along the windowsill, vertical terracotta plants on the balcony, or privacy walls growing vegetables in the yard!
There are more DIYs online than I imagined, and all of them look easy enough to follow for a beginner like me.
I love rustic decor, and this Recycled Vertical Pallet is the perfect example of rustic done well. A lot of décor in this style sticks to dull brown colors so by adding the plants, you truly brighten it up and quite literally add some life to it.
You could mount this pallet onto a wall if you wanted to or have it propped up like in this example. They’ve used a variety of different species and colors of plants, which makes it look more natural. If you don’t already have an old wooden pallet at home, try asking around your friends and family because someone is bound to have one.
This Succulent Frame Vertical Planter is precisely the kind of thing I have been dreaming of creating. It would look stunning in any room of the house, and because you can pick which size of frame you use you could adapt it to fit any space you wanted to.
You can find succulents in all different shapes, colors, and sizes, and they aren’t costly to buy. Another amazing thing about them is they don’t need to be watered too often, making them perfect for a vertical garden. There is no doubt you would receive endless compliments on this if you had it in your house, I also know many people who would love to be given this as a gift.
I had always imagined a vertical garden to look much like the previous example, but I love the idea that there are many different ways you could do it. This Wood and Leather Trellis Vertical Plant Garden has the plants spread out in separate pots as opposed to arranged together.
It would be the perfect way to cover a large space if you have one that you’d like to jazz up a little. You could personalize it to suit your style and room by painting the wood and carefully selecting your pots. I would have a whole wall covered in plants if I could, but I reckon this is a little more easily achievable and simple to upkeep.
I wish I had seen this Steel Mesh Wall Garden when I was a student it would have been the perfect way to cheer up our dreary flat without breaking the bank or taking too much time to make.
I love how simple this vertical garden is, I would even be tempted to paint the steel mesh white and hang it on a white wall, so it looked as if the plant were floating. Because the potted plants are merely hung from the mesh with detachable hooks, it would be easy to change up the plants as often as you wanted to keep it looking fresh and new.
If you’re looking for a proper DIY project that might take a while but will produce incredibly impressive results, then look no further than this Wooden Vertical Wall Garden. It’s not quite a one-man job, but it is something you would make once and then enjoy for years to come.
I love the contrast between the style of clean-cut wood and the more natural exposed soil and plants. The bright green leaves truly pop against the orangey wood. You could use this for vegetables or herbs and always have fresh produce within easy reach, letting it double up as both stunning decor and a practical piece.
I’ve never seen anything quite like this Connected Box Vertical Garden, but as soon as I did, I could picture it in my home. It’s a little technical as it contains its own watering system, but it would be worth taking the time to set it up based on how much time you will save in the future.
Again, something I love about this DIY is how easily it could be personalized to suit you perfectly. I believe the dark wood looks beautiful against the white wall shown in this example, but if you’d prefer to keep it all white, it wouldn’t take long to paint. Flowering plants would look great in this as you would see their bright petals peeking out over the boxes.
These Air Plant and String Vertical Gardens are incredibly simple to make, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they look pretty. If you want to add a couple of plants to a place without them being overly showy, then this could be the one for you.
There are endless patterns and shapes you could make with the string in this DIY, and I love the example in which there are multiple colors. You could go crazy and use all the colors of the rainbow or keep it minimal and stick to black and white. Because I always shamefully forget to water my plants, air plants are good friends of mine.
I want one of these in every letter of the alphabet. Maybe not quite that many, but I do like the idea of having all my family’s initials arranged on a wall together.
You’d pay a lot for one of these Succulent Letter Vertical Gardens in a store, even then it’s likely they would be made from fake plants. Once you’d gathered together the materials required for this DIY, it wouldn’t take long to make, and as long as you keep an eye on the succulents, it would last ages. You could spell out the word ‘home’ in your entranceway for a unique and welcoming piece of wall art.
I love a smart upcycling project, and this Shoe Organizer Vertical Garden is a perfect example of one. Taking used things and giving them a new purpose you wouldn’t usually expect is a passion of mine, and I wouldn’t have thought to put plants into an old shoe organizer.
One problem with this DIY is it’s intended for outside use, so if you wish to use it inside you would need to figure out a way to drain the water without it ending up on your floor. This wouldn’t be too difficult. However, you’d only need to line the little pouches so water couldn’t leak through. If you don’t have a garden at home this could be an excellent vegetable patch alternative where you could grow all kinds of things from carrots to potatoes.
Although I hadn’t thought of it quite like this before, a wreath is essentially a vertical garden. I always think of wreaths as a temporary thing but this Succulent Wreath, if looked after, could brighten up your wall for months.
I tend to be relatively lazy around the festive season, but last year I did make my own wreath and thoroughly enjoyed the process. It was therapeutic to sit and carefully pick out what I wanted on my wreath, and then to decide how I wanted to arrange it all. The use of succulents and other small foliage stops this from looking festive so you could proudly display your piece of art all year round.
I’ve always liked the idea of having my very own herb garden in my kitchen which I could pick from whenever I please. Sadly I’ve never quite had space. If only I had seen this Bottle Top Vertical Herb Garden before now.
You could get artsy with this DIY, painting it with delicate patterns and making beautiful labels for each herb, or leave it as plain wood and keep it simple. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about having sections of plastic bottles hung on my wall, but the wooden background along with the fact that the herbs will fall over and cover them as they grow has put my mind at ease. I’ll be growing mint and basil in mine for sure.
This Wooden Vertical Herb Garden can’t be hung on the wall like the others, but it’s both stunning and vertical, so I had to include it anyway. This DIY would take a little bit of elbow grease, but the outcome would be something to be eternally proud of.
I have a little alcove in my kitchen which would be just perfect for this structure, but if you don’t have such a space, it could comfortably be propped up against any wall. Each level is highly spacious, both in length and in depth, providing an excellent environment for your herbs to flourish. Something I love about the idea of having an indoor herb garden is the fragrance that would fill your kitchen. No need for scented candles anymore.
This dresser turned garden inspired me to believe that I could make a vertical garden out of an old cabinet I have in storage. It’s a cabinet with multiple drawers that you mount onto the wall, perfect to create a Set of Drawers Vertical Garden.
It wouldn’t be at all difficult to make, as each drawer would merely act as a plant pot. Be sure to remember to line the drawers with something waterproof or other containers to prevent any leakage. You could fill the drawers with flowers or succulents while long hanging plants would look amazing draped over the edges of the drawers. If I saw this in someone else’s house, I would become instantly obsessed with recreating it, and I’m hoping the masterpiece I want to create will have the same effect on my guests.
The industrial-style interior design is all the rage at the moment, and I feel some of those vibes coming from this Recycled Gutter Vertical Garden. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I love that bright silver piping against the black background and think it would make a fabulous feature piece in a kitchen.
You could use this as a herb garden, like in the example, or simply to display plants and succulents. Using a chalkboard background adds an extra element of fun to this DIY and, although you wouldn’t have to do the same, I would like to copy this idea.
This Ladder Indoor Vertical Garden looks like something I would see in a quirky cafe or boutique and instantly fall in love with. If you’re struggling with space in your home this is a great DIY to use as it can double up as a vertical garden and bookshelf, you could alternate each level.
As you can see, all this requires is a wooden ladder and some potted plants then you’re good to do. Potentially my favorite parts of this are the trailing plants whose leaves fall all the way down the ladder to the floor. This makes it look almost overgrown like your home is being taken over by the beautiful plants.
Recycle old jeans and give them a new purpose! Decorate recycled plastic bottles with cut up jeans and it can be a quirky new vertical garden bed for your basil and thyme.
Learn how to turn your ordinary clay pots into a space-saving garden that is productive and looks impressive and cool!
Your friends are sure to be inspired by the new look you give your balcony!
A very unique idea that reuses rustic ammunition cans and turns them into planters for your favorite flowers, herbs or grasses!
I especially like how each is slightly off-set to make it look like steps.
Save those wooden crates and put them to use for your outdoor vertical garden.
You can really get creative with how you build the walls and then plant all your favorite smelling plants to enjoy!
A wooden garden pyramid might just be your next weekend project to try and tackle with your handyman husband!
An efficient idea for when you’re home just doesn’t have a lot of garden space.
Stop procrastinating and “gutter done!” Create a trendy feature wall on your patio while also growing fresh food for your family and your dinner parties! Recycle, reuse and re-grow!
I am obsessed with this ingenious idea! You can bet what I’ll be doing this Spring! A clever and cool way to recycle while making a statement and impressing the neighbors! Your beans are sure to be happy climbing up this unique structure!
Add life to your boring wall and take advantage of that unused space to grow aromatic plants, herbs for your plates of pasta or air-cleaning greens!
When dealing with plastic and paints make sure you are careful that everything is food-grade and you aren’t adding harmful chemicals into your plants! Especially if you are planning to consume them.
Absolutely stunning! This DIY vertical garden project is sure to make head turns.
As well as having lots of space within the charming wooden boxes to plant flowers and grasses it also has small shelves for lanterns!
Are you a plant hoarder but you’re slowly running out of space in your one-bedroom apartment? That’s when going vertical is a must! A DIY Vertical garden using wood boards and a dainty rope is stylish and productive.
Wow! Now, this is an interesting idea! Create a unique headboard, mantlepiece or even bathroom mirror by redecorating a mirror with succulents. Love it!
Enclose your patio with vertical garden walls and a trellis above for climbing strawberries or delicious grapes to hang down where you sit. Truly luxurious!
A green oasis where you can escape your busy life and take a moment to smell the plants and be charmed to dream and smile!
Now here is a practical idea! This trellis design makes it easy to remove and hang plants as you wish for easier watering and transplanting. You can also hang lanterns to light up your garden at night.
Chic and simple! This is a really great idea as to how you can add splashes of green to a boring space. They look just as great outdoors as they do indoors!
Turn an industrial bookshelf from Ikea into a one-of-a-kind hanging vertical garden for all your favorite plants!
A DIY wooden shelf that can be hung to display an array of terracotta pots filled with herbs or decorative plants. A good way to get the plants off the ground and closer to eye-level.
Add a drip-watering system to make sure your plants are getting just the right amount of water. Happy plants, happy you!
You can start with a wooden window frame and then add shelves and planters to your liking or build the whole thing from scratch! Either way, the result is gorgeous!
A tower of herbs that can fit on a patio deck, a balcony or even in a sunny spot inside the house!
You don’t need a big yard to grow fresh food and eat well!
Instead of filling your herb and spice rack with store-bought containers of dried herbs and spices, fill it with the plants themselves and always have fresh garnish!
Such a cool project! Have fun painting the paint cans to match your home’s color scheme or make it a fun project with the kids! A great way to reuse something old and turn it into something useful!
I really love the idea of reusing something old and transforming it into something new to give it a new life. Not only does it look creative and cool but it’s also better than just throwing it away.
This is a project to create a vertical garden without any difficult-to-use tools! Simple, effective and beautiful! A great way to add extra flowers to any boring space.
Very clever! The elbow joints of PVC piping could very easily become a planter for fresh greens and herbs. Paint them and mount them on a board and voila! A vertical garden!
It just goes to show that a little bit of creativity can go a long way! Look at those yummy lettuces! You could be growing food even on a small balcony.
The handmade cedar boxes look charming against the fence. Definitely a very efficient use of space!
A mesh screen filling the gap of a wooden frame becomes a wonderful feature wall that you can decorate with flowers and aromatic plants.
A fun Ikea hack that makes use of their cutlery containers for a different indoor vertical garden project. Strung between curtain cables this is a simple and effective project.
These planters are made of chicken wire and can be hung vertically anywhere they fit! They use moss for better plant health and an aesthetic attribute.
A clever idea for using a staircase frame as a planter box vertical garden! You can get al your carrots, radishes and strawberries in for the Spring!
No space is too small to grow a garden! If you don’t have the horizontal space, go vertical!
This privacy wall flower garden design can just as easily be done with terracotta pots and live plants as cut flowers in vases.
You can also just plant directly into a trellis planter and then hang it up on your balcony to give different levels to your garden.
There’s no limit to creativity! Take a look around your house and see if you can come up with an idea for a unique vertical garden using normal household items.
What I love most about this image, besides the actual planter, is the cute and creative design they’ve come up with for the actual pots! Way too much fun!
Okay now here is a super fun project that you can do at ladies’ night this week! Let your imagination soar as you paint some wooden boards and then get your green thumb out planting your favorite succulents in charming buckets!
A vertical pallet garden for al your favorite herbs, aromatic plants, and colorful flowers. The best part? It’s on wheels so you can easily move it to get the best shade or sun, depending on what you plant!
I like the idea of having an indoor herb garden and love the look of the Wooden Vertical Herb Garden, even if I would have to rope someone else into giving me a hand to make it. The Succulent Frame Vertical Garden is something I’ve always wanted to make so I will be having a go at that too.
So, now that you are inspired it might be hard not to get carried away! Your balcony will become a garden oasis, your front yard will have more plants going up then in the ground, and your kitchen walls will be decorated with sweet-smelling herbs. So get your garden gloves out and have some fun!
My home is going to look more like the outside than it does the inside once I’m done trying out all the vertical wall gardens I like. Luckily, many of these DIYs can be made by up-cycling things I already own so I can refresh my space in a cost-effective way.
If you are trying to grow vegetables on a patio, balcony, or tiny backyard space, the best choice might be to stop looking at the ground (or lack thereof) and start building yourself a vertical vegetable garden planter. You can attach these planters to walls, squeeze them into an odd corner, or hang them from the roof!
Our first veggie garden project just might be one of the easiest. Use a hanging basket and some sphagnum moss to grow a cut and come again DIY lettuce ball! This is not only a really efficient way to grow greens, it’s really pretty too. You could also grow certain herbs and other small veggies like this as well. Find this easy tutorial at ‘Home Depot‘.
‘The Kim Six Fix‘ used PVC pipe and a 1×4 to create a wall vertical garden perfect for growing herbs, greens and small veggies like radishes or globe carrots. You can hang this from any wall, and make as many as you need. We love how she painted them pretty soft colors to make them a artsy part of the garden.
Learn some awesome pallet vertical vegetable garden ideas over at ‘Garden Therapy‘. She has some great tips for finding safe pallets for growing food in, and for using them for more than just veggies, too.
‘The Paper Mama‘ used wood crates to create this pretty rainbow garden that fits up against a wall, hardly taking any space at all! This vertical vegetable garden has space for deeper roots, allowing you to grow any veggies suitable for containers. Beans, tomatoes, even patio squash varieties.
Find out how to build this cedar vertical vegetable garden that is complete with a drip watering system from ‘Houseful of Handmade‘. They are growing herbs, but this would be perfect for lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots, cherry tomatoes… the list goes on my friends.
This cedar wall planter is the same idea, but less “floor” space. This complete tutorial is from ‘Rogue Engineer‘, and is the perfect way to have a pretty garden when you really don’t have space to put down planters. Free plans and step by step instructions.
This DIY Strawberry tower is from ‘Creating My Happiness‘. We love how simple and inexpensive this project is, and that it takes up so little garden square footage. They used cheap 2×6 lumber, but fence boards would work too. This doesn’t have to be just for strawberries though!
Terra cotta pots (you probably already have some!) and a piece of rebar from the home improvement store allow you to stack your veggies! This vertical vegetable planter adds a little touch of whimsy, too! Tutorial from ‘Budget 101‘.
These rain gutter garden planters from ‘Hunker‘ allow you to slip a little growing space anywhere there is a wall to hang it. You could also hang rain gutter gardens from roof eves with chain. This one looks sleek and modern, and you would never guess what it was made of.
Create a vertical vegetable garden that stacks rain gutters into a frame to maximize your yield. Place this planter right outside the kitchen door for quick access to anything you might need for your culinary creations. This one is moveable, too! Find all the how-to’s at ‘Garden Gate magazine‘.
If you have a little garden space, but are looking for ways to be able to grow even more, than check out these ideas for growing vertical.
One of the tried and true ways to grow up is to use a trellis. This DIY garden trellis from ‘Finding Lovely‘, is exactly that, lovely! But it also can be used to grow vine vegetables in between regular crops to maximize yield. Peas, beans, cucumbers… These could even be used as tomato cages.
Use an old pallet to create a trellis with this vertical vegetable garden idea by ‘Lovely Greens‘. This can also be really useful with crops you need to get off the soil to prevent rot, like melon and squash. This trellis could double your growing space if you plant shade loving greens underneath, as well.
Make this three tiered raised bed with these plans from ‘GardenTherapy‘, She used this planter to create a viable growing space out of an awkward, tiny area. Side yard, anyone? Patio?
Raised beds are great way to grow healthy crops in a backyard garden. Especially if you use the square foot gardening method. But you can find even more growing space by growing up! ‘Frugal Family Home‘ used wire cattle panels to create space saving trellis’ to be used in their raised beds. They are sturdy and they last, and are inexpensive. They fold tight even when in use, so that they maximize space.
Finally, ‘Delia Creates‘ used the same idea with the cattle panels to utilize space between the raised beds… up in the air! Creating a trellis between the beds allows crops to grow up above the walking path, doubling the growing space.
So no matter if you want to build a vertical vegetable garden on a balcony or in your backyard, you can still get excited about growing food for your family with these ideas. Check out our posts on Top Garden Seed Catalogs, DIY Raised Garden Beds & Planter Boxes and Growing Seeds Indoors. Also check out our posts on Indoor Vertical Garden Planters over at OhMeOhMy!
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Some herbs, like basil, are annuals and will need to be replaced each year with a new plant.
Although it means buying a new plant or growing one from seed, this can be a great excuse to try new herbs each year or plant more of what grew best in your yard the year before.
Some Popular Herbs for Vertical Gardens:
Drip Watering System Included
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Makes Irrigation Simple!
Florafelt Pocket Planter
Easy Vertical Gardening Kit
Succulent Wall Planter
with Handy Built-In
Vertical gardens are beautiful, space-saving and a sustainable addition to our cities.
If you've ever been tempted to create one yourself, or just want to know more about this trend in sustainable gardening, read on!
As cities become more crowded and dependent on apartment living (by 2050, almost 80% of the earths population will be living in urban centres!), fewer of us have access to garden space. One creative solution to this has been the development of innovative urban gardens, including rooftop farms, balcony herb gardens and "junglefied" walls in the inner city.
Image of One Central Park courtesy of Frasers Property and Sekisui House
Vertical gardens don't just look good they DO good for the planet as well!
Vertical gardens help to reduce the carbon footprint of a building by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air, which also benefits those living nearby as the quality of the air is improved. Exterior wall vertical gardens also help to The reduce heat absorption, which can result in significant energy savings in areas where people rely on air-conditioning during the warmer parts of the year.
In addition to the vertical gardens planted for improving air quality (or even just for their aesthetic merit!), there is also great potential for producing food using vertical gardening techniques.
"It's vertical because you are trying to grow more crops on a smaller land area and this usually means going upwards into buildings. It normally means that, instead of having a single layer of crops over a large land area, you have stacks of crops going upwards. It's also associated with city farming and urban farming.The beauty of vertical farming is that you can go as high as you want – if you have a system that works efficiently."
Benefits of vertical farming can include increased food security, reduced food miles and communities having stronger connections with their food.
Related: Check out this kindergarten in Vietnam (above) that is also a community farm and garden!
Image: Hiroyuki Oki, Gremsy, Enviromental Strategies
You might not believe it, but making your very own vertical garden is an achievable DIY project that you can put together in even the smallest balcony space.
Here's some inspiration with links to DIY projects for making vertical gardens for your home, community or workplace:
Create a simple vertical garden using hanging baskets, mounted wall planters or other upcycled objects!
Repurpose a shoe organiser to make this brilliant DIY vertical garden using these instructions from Instructables.
In fact, you can find a number of awesome vertical garden DIY projects on Instructables! Click here to find out more.
Finally, here's our tour of the amazing vertical gardens created by Junglefy in Australia!
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If you’re lucky enough to already have a few of these gorgeous vintage silver tea or coffee pots then you’re already halfway there. Otherwise just head out to thrift stores or flea markets to pick some up for a good price.
This is such an unorthodox way to repurpose such beautiful pieces, so it’ll make a real statement in your kitchen.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AnyoneCanDecorate