How Much Does a Vertical Garden Cost?

There is a wide range when it comes to the cost of vertical gardens. People can build their own using free or recycled materials, they can have wall planters built for them or they can purchase pre-made vertical garden kits. So how much does a vertical garden cost?

Costs typically include:

  • The Planter
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Optional: Drip Watering System

Just Getting Started? Check Out Pocket Planters…

For people who are just getting started with vertical gardening, pocket planters can be an easy way to start. They require minimal set-up, and they provide a healthy living environment for plants so that you can achieve a thriving living wall with minimal effort.

Self-Watering Pocket Garden

The cost will depend on the brand, quality and size of the planter you buy. Prices start at under $10 and go over $100. Some of the softer felt pouches will be cheaper, and waterproof versions get more expensive. You can even get large recycled plastic self-watering pockets for about $12 when purchased in 4-packs. This is actually a great deal for those looking for a low-maintenance garden without the expense of installing a drip watering system.

A nice advantage to using pockets is that they can be purchased individually or in small groups, and you can add more later to increase the size of your garden or even create and entire wall of plants. This means that gardeners don’t have to invest a lot of money to get started.

Since the pocket planters are smaller in size, they are easier to move. Large wood-framed planters are typically permanent and not meant to be moved.

On a Budget? Use Recycle Plastic Bottles or Shipping Pallets…

Many gardeners on a budget use recycled plastic bottles or wood shipping pallets to create custom vertical gardens. Although not as “designer-looking”, they carry their own charm and style, especially in a rustic environment.

In this case, the planter materials can usually be acquired for free, so the only cost is the plants and soil themselves (and maybe some weed fabric paint/stain for the wood pallet). shows how to build a pallet garden for just $30.

Shipping pallets can be attached to a wall or sturdy fence – or they can stand alone. Joe Lamp’l of the TV series Growing a Greener World has photos and shows steps on how to make your own pallet garden that would be perfect for growing herbs right by a kitchen window.

Other cool DIY vertical garden ideas include gutter gardens, using metal ducts or PVC pipes, mailboxes, hanging regular old flower pots and more.

What About Indoors?

Indoor vertical gardens can be a little trickier to build yourself because you want to ensure that they don’t leak water or ruin your wall. The best option here can be vertical garden kits, which range in price as well. The good news is that you can get some really cool ones for less than $50.

Indoor Vertical Garden Kit by Vertibloom
$40 Vertibloom Indoor Vertical Garden Kit

For example, Vertibloom makes a modular planter system starter kit which is easy to install and is mess-free. Similar to pocket planters, these kits are sold individually, but gardeners can get multiple kits to create a larger wall garden. This is perfect for a kitchen herb garden, by the way!

Prices for More Vertical Garden Kits:

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


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