Make a Vertical Garden on a Trellis

Possibly the easiest and quickest way to make a vertical garden is to use regular old gardening pots and a trellis that you can get at any home improvement store or garden center. You may have all or most of the materials you need at home already, but if not, they are easy to find and inexpensive to buy.

The video below explains more, but the basic idea is that you take inexpensive plastic gardening pots with rims and hang them on the trellis using S-hooks. Besides being low cost and simple to make, these vertical gardens can be placed virtually anywhere and are also easy to move. This way, if you don’t want to attach a vertical garden permanently to your wall, you don’t have to.

Another creative trick for growing vertically is that many ground-level plants make good companions to climbing varieties. According to Derek Fell, author of Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space, you can combine them to create a lush wall of foliage.

Trellises come in all shapes and sizes, as well as planting containers. You can get pots in all different colors, you can paint your trellis, turn it sideways, use a variety of pot sizes or even place several trellises together to create a large vertical garden. Be creative and make your structure unique.

These vertical trellis gardens can also be placed indoors and be used for growing herbs. Make sure you choose a sunny sport for your trellis so your plants will be happy.

How to Make a Leaning Ladder Garden

Another simple vertical garden that you can make yourself is called a leaning ladder garden. You could even buy a ladder instead of building your own, which would be really quick and easy. However, this would cost more and provide less space and stability for plant containers.

What I like about leaning ladder gardens is that they free up floor space like a vertical garden, but you can use potted plants you already have instead of buying brand new plants and containers. These structures are also moveable and don’t have to be permanently attached to a building or fence, similar to a trellis garden.

Since ladder gardens are very versatile, you have a lot of options as far as what to grow, containers to use, etc.. For those of who are not aesthetically-inclined, these options can actually make a planting project more challenging.

To make the task easier, use the triangle as your guide. The triangular composition is pleasing to eye, according to Container Gardening: 250 Design Ideas & Step- by-Step Techniques, and contains a dominant feature with two smaller elements that surround it. For example, set up one larger container on your ladder garden along with two smaller ones – or a large plant with two smaller varieties. If you plan on using more than 3 containers, think in sets of three. You will simplify your project this way and look like a pro.

The video below explains exactly what you need to do to make a leaning ladder garden, including the materials, measurements and equipment required for the project.


These ladder gardens are also great for growing vegetables, since they can support more weight than some other vertical structures, and you can use larger pots. You can also use them for herb gardening or simply put together a really colorful arrangement of flowers for decoration.

The video shows a natural wood ladder garden, but painting the ladder a bright contrasting color or matching it the color of your home can give it a more sophisticated look.