Fence Garden: Hang Flower Pots on a Fence

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Many professional vertical gardens are complicated structures that require special containers, irrigation and drainage. This can be overwhelming to the average homeowner who simply does not have the time to figure it all out.

However, vertical gardening can be super easy.

Creating your own fence garden is one example. You simply hang flower pots on a fence rather than buying special materials that can sometimes be more expensive and harder to find.

Some Benefits:

1. What I like about fence gardens is that you can find all the supplies you need at your local garden center or home improvement store. In fact, I purchased the rectangular plastic planters (actually window boxes) in the photo at Home Depot for about $5 each. They are inexpensive and lightweight, but still very durable.

Hanging Flower Pots on a Fence2. In addition, buy using smaller containers and plants, you don’t have to worry so much about the weight against your attached structure.
This gives homeowners more options as to where they can create a vertical garden. You don’t have to have an indestructible concrete wall to build a vertical planting planter.

3. Something else that is nice is that you don’t have to deal with dirt falling out of the side of the planter, since it is sitting upright. Many plants, like spider plants, can actually grow to cover the entire flower pot, so a regular flower pot can essentially create the same effect as a specially-designed vertical planter.

Hanging Plants on Fence:

You might be wondering, “How did she attach the flower pots to the fence?”

I’ll tell you.

Fence Garden HangerFor each planter, I drilled (2) 1 1/4 wood screws into the fence. Then I drilled 2 holes in the plastic flower planter about 1/2 – 3/4 inch from the top (one of the benefits to using plastic or resin containers). The screw heads fit through the holes in the planter, and the container can essentially hang on the fence.

For additional security, I added an extra piece of plastic behind the screw head so that it would not accidentally slip out of the planter. The plastic piece I used is actually part of a drip hose that I cut in half, punched a hole in the middle with a cut on one side so I could slide the piece behind the screw head.

This method allows me to remove the planters when I want without a lot of work. But maybe more importantly, it’s cheap and quick to do. 😉

Wall Garden DIY Plant Tips:

Spider PlantsYou might be wondering how to keep the fence from getting soaked all the time. Well, I did not drill holes in the bottom of the containers, so therefore there is no drainage. Because I did this, I needed to use plants that did not mind having “wet feet”. My jade or other succulent plants would not like this, but the spider plants are very happy.

I also stained and sealed the fence first to protect it from moisture – but it also looks a lot better visually. Keep mind that lighter colored plants or flowers can really stand out against a dark-colored stain.

There is no complicated irrigation system with fence gardening ideas such as this. Because the flower pots are non-draining, they can retain moisture longer in the soil, and I only need to water them once a week. They are pretty low maintenance.

DIY Flower Towers & Flower Tower Kits

Flower TowerAnother cool trend in vertical gardens is the flower tower. Some people call them “garden sticks” too. If you build one from scratch, you can use a PVC pipe, drill holes around the outside, fill the structure with dirt and insert starter plants through the outer holes.

The flower tower planter is popular for growing bushy perennials like impatiens that expand to cover the PVC pipe so that you can’t see it. Some people also use it for growing strawberries in a space-challenged yard.

You can actually buy shorter flower towers that are hanging planters. These are great for growing herb gardens, since you can conveniently place them by a kitchen window or even grow them indoors. You can also grow strawberries in these as well, keeping them away from berry eaters.

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Building Your Own Tower:

This project is fairly simple, and you can purchase the materials you need from your local home improvement store. The basic idea is that you get a PVC pipe with diameter between 4″ and 6″, cut it to length you want and drill holes around it (about 1 1/4″ – 1 1/2″ diameter) where the plants will grow.

Things to Remember When Building a Flower Tower

1. Stagger the holes that you drill into your pipe so that the roots have enough space to grow. 3″ is a good distance between holes. Of course, this depends on what you are growing and size of your container too.

2. Your tower will either need to have an end cap, be placed in a sturdy flower pot as a base or stuck in the ground. If you decide to use an end cap, you don’t want a bunch of water sitting at the base, so continue to drill holes for your flowers as low as possible on the pipe.

3. Install a drip hose (or smaller pipe with holes in it) down the center of the tower for even watering. I found this out the hard way when I didn’t insert a hose. When you water the planter from the top, water tends to drip out of the upper holes that you have drilled, and less water reaches the lower plants. This is especially true when the plants are new.

4. When you fill your container with soil, don’t fill it completely before inserting your starters. Add it in small sections, planting as you go. You will then be able to pack dirt down to help secure the plants.

Using Wire Fencing to Make Your Own Flower Tower:

Another option is to use wire fencing, line it with landscape fabric and position it in a sturdy flower pot. With the wire fencing, you have the ability to adjust the size of your vertical garden to the width and height you like. The base will need to fit in your flower pot, of course, so this type of flower tower is typically wider and shorter than one build from a PVC pipe. Home Depot has a video explaining how to do it below:


Easy Flower Tower Kits

What I realized when researching this project was that the building materials were not as cheap as I thought. I didn’t have the right size drill bit either. That’s when I started looking into vertical planter kits.

What’s nice about these is that they already have the proper size holes drilled and a center watering hose installed. Furthermore, you can buy them in small sections and stack them on top of each other to create a tall vertical garden. This makes inserting flowers much easier, not to mention setting up the entire structure.

Polanter Vertical Garden Planters

This Polanter vertical flower tower is actually pretty versatile too. You can use it indoors or out and you can hang it, or create a tall garden from the ground up.

Each section is about 21 inches tall and can hold 12 plants. There is a detachable end cap at the base of the container, so you don’t have to buy one.

Here is a really helpful video that explains how to assemble and hang a Polanter vertical garden. He talks about larger kits you can buy, but the cheapest way I’ve found is to get several single sections through Amazon.com.


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