One of the primary complaints among people seeking to grow their own food is lack of space. With some creativity, even small spaces can become living walls filled with lush greenery.

An outdoor wall would make an excellent place to hang a fabric shoe organizer, pocket-style piece with wicks, or similar item and fill it with herbs, flowers or vegetables such as beans, tomatoes, or cucumbers.


Don’t let limited space prevent your gardening dreams from taking shape; rather, turn walls, trellises, fences, and balconies into unique vertical growing areas for leafy greens, flowers or vegetables!

Make your planter even more inventive using a pallet as its foundation by hollowing out angled sections of it to form pockets where soil and plants can rest.

Attaching pallets to walls or fences as plant curtains is another innovative use for pallets, providing fresh herbs for meals or stacking flowering plants such as cleome.

Welly Boots

Gardeners working in small spaces can still realize big dreams by building up, rather than out. The key is using structures like trellises and planters to grow plants upwards rather than out.

Trellises, whether made of wood, heavy plastics, or wire, provide essential support for climbing plants as they mature. When young vines are trained to interweave within its lattice frame for an organic appearance.

Add vertical herb garden charm to any exterior wall or fence by transforming an old wooden pallet with the use of a pump that channels water directly up through its soil to your plants. Make it stand out by painting it a vibrant color – you may get lots of attention this way!

Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets make an excellent home for many plants, from flowers and herbs to resilient Pothos plants that don’t mind low light environments and allow forgetful gardeners to forget watering regularly.

Recycle old shoe organizer pockets or similar pocket-style pieces into an eye-catching vertical garden, and hang it from any wall or fence before filling it with plants such as flowers and vegetables.

Lattice creates an appealing natural screen in any backyard while offering climbing plants a place to grow. Try this with colorful flowering vines for an eye-catching display; or use series of wooden crates like these as holders for small succulents or air plants.

Chest of Drawers

An old chest of drawers or bookcase makes an excellent frame for vertical gardens. Leave it natural for an aged aesthetic, or stain or paint it for added aesthetic value.

Hunging baskets, fuchsias, geraniums and perennial vines thrive in vertical gardens; as do herbs and ferns. You can even cultivate vegetables like peppers, tomatoes and radishes!

Use tin cans as low-cost plant containers, housing herbs and succulents such as herbs. Link these via pipes against walls or fences, setting up a pump in a bucket of water containing nutrients for easy distribution to plants.


Plants can add depth and interest to any wall or fence, conceal unsightly areas, and add greenery into a space.

Crates stacked together can make an attractive vertical garden. Paint them to add visual interest, then fill with flowers or herbs for an unforgettable display.

Trellises make an ideal vertical garden element. They can be attached directly to walls, freestanding or planted with climbing plants such as clematis, jasmine and roses – adding an element of nature into any home or office space.

Old Jeans

Use of recycled materials in your garden is both eco-friendly and creative – creating unique planters from them can add visual interest. Old jeans can be filled with soil to form stand-alone planters that look like gardeners bending over.

Grow vineing vegetables like peas, squash and tomatoes on an arched trellis to bring beauty and sustenance to your garden. Or add edible flowers like these nasturtiums as vibrant accents to your greenery!

Wood trellises make an excellent foundation for creating tiered terra-cotta gardens, giving you flexibility as seasons or tastes change. Simply swap in and out plants as necessary!

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