Everyone has their own reason for vertical gardening. Some people need lightweight containers, others want framed planters or indoor gardens. Of course there are large structures and small planters, ones that are simple and others that have a more finished, sophisticated look.
You also may prefer to have a gardening experience that requires less work – with irrigation and drainage pre-installed or an automatic watering system. Below are 9 popular vertical garden kits that offer their own benefits and advantages. Choose the one that best suits you!
Complete Irrigation & Drainage Built In
Gronomics Vertical Garden Kit
Measuring almost 3 feet by 4 feet, this is a large vertical garden that resembles a pallet garden. The main difference is that all of the structure, irrigation and drainage is already installed for you. Extra sun-loving plants that may need more space can even be grown out of the top of the container. - About $195
Factors to consider when choosing plants: besides the visual element of your garden, Rosemary Alexander, author of The Essential Garden Design Workbook, says that gardeners should think about the non-visual qualities of plants, such as scent, sound, tactile appeal and of course food production.
Simple, Lightweight Vertical Planters
Florafelt Living Wall Planter
Florafelt is an indestructible nylon felt that is very lightweight – the entire 2 foot by 3 foot vertical wall garden weighs only 1.5 pounds. The special fabric helps with drainage and keeps plants healthier. This planter includes separate pockets, ideal for herb gardens or varieties that you want to plant separately. - About $120
Easy Living Wall with Liner
This container has a metal frame with a fibrous liner that keeps the soil and plants contained. This unique design features 9 front slots where you can insert plants and also 6 additional slots on the sides where you plant even more. You can also arrange multiple planters side-by-side to create a large living wall effect. - About $45
Flower Tower Kits
Towers are a popular way to grow a free-standing vertical garden without the need of a wall or fence. They are sometimes called “garden sticks”, and you can build your own using a 6″ pvc pipe from your local home improvement store.
What’s cool is that you can buy a flower tower kit in small sections that attach to each other to achieve the height you want. They come with pre-drilled holes and irrigation hose already in place. This means easier construction and set up.
Removable Planter Containers:
Algreen Vertical Garden
This design has a trellis backing and “shelves” that you can slide out for easy planting. It’s easy to re-arrange the inner containers depending on the plants you are growing, and you can remove containers entirely for cutting herbs in your kitchen or replanting. - About $70
Indoor Vertical Gardening with Automatic Watering System:
Florafelt Indoor Planter
This diy vertical garden measures over 5 feet tall and contains 8 separate pockets. It’s designed to be used indoors or outdoors with a completely contained and automatic watering system. Water re-circulates throughout the garden from a bin at the base via an automatic timer. No mess and less work. - About $160
Waterproofed Planter with Finished Frame
Greenwall Vertical Gardening System
Plant your favorite greens in this custom water-tight frame that has an innovative self-irrigating system and excess water reservoir. Hardware is included for fast and easy mounting on your wall. This finished design can give your wall a sophisticated look without all the work. - About $105
Small Framed Vertical Gardens for Indoor Use
GroVert Planter with Wood Frame Kit
This finished vertical garden design includes both an irrigator and water collector plus a protective moisture mat, so you can hang this framed garden indoors or out. With very little work, you can make a unique gift or a work of art for your own wall. - About $90
Small Cedar Wall Planter
This framed planter measures 9″ x 11″. Plants are contained in a waterproof box with a galvanized wire mesh screen on the front, so in can be hung indoors or outside. It’s designed for plants like cactus or succulents and vertical garden containers like these make inexpensive creative gifts too. - About $15
TIP: Debra Lee Baldwin, author of Succulent Container Gardens, chooses one succulent as a focal point and positions it off-center for more interest. Then she repeats colors and textures throughout the garden.