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.
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.
2. 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.
For 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:
You 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.