Vertical planting is a great way to expand on growing space for any small garden, patio or balcony and it doesn’t necessarily mean using climbing plants to cover bare fences and walls – you can grow almost any plant to give a ‘green’ wall, or if filled with flowers a ‘colourful’ wall! A sunny wall or fence is an ideal place for growing plants, vegetables, herbs and flowers when you have limited space. In small gardens the upper part of the wall or fence will usually be the last part of the garden to lose the sun at the end of the day, or for that matter to gain it early in the day.
There are ready made vertical planting systems and plant holders available to buy if you want to create something instantly. We now stock the Eco plant holders, a simple device for holding pots on fences, and also the Verti Plant system which can be used in pairs, rows or even to cover a whole fence for big impact! Both are easily fixed to the fence.
Make your own vertical planters
Why not have a go at making your own vertical planters with recycled items such as wooden pallets, plastic bottles or drain-piping. Either leave them natural or paint them in colours to make a bright feature. This photo shows what can be done with two pallets and some pots to cheer up a fence. Fix the pallet securely to the fence, then line with plastic to make bags for the plants to sit in, not forgetting to add drainage holes.
If you’ve old and unwanted items that you’re thinking of throwing out, think again. Why not up-cycle them by making new and unique pots and planters for your garden. It’s easy and fun to do and doesn’t cost you anything except some time!
I’ve had a tyre sitting in my garden for a while, waiting to be disposed of. But then I got thinking about ways I could use it in my garden, maybe a small pond or a planter. With a few tyres you could make an eye-catching garden features such as the gorgeous colourful ones in this photo. Simply paint with some bright colours, add a plastic liner, some drainage material and soil, and fill with colourful plants for a beautiful summer display.
I’ve also got some walking boots that are on their last legs so I plan to let them retire in the garden and become an attractive planter like the one in the photo filled with Campanula.
If you’ve got children you’ll probably have a few pairs of old wellies lying around that they’ve grown out of. Give the children a project during school holidays to up-cycle them into garden pots filled with their favourite flowers. The more the merrier!
I guess not many people will have a car lying around or even have room for one in their back garden – but I couldn’t resist putting this photo in!
They make great hanging containers and come with a ready made drainage holes ready to hang in the garden!
The lid broke on my favourite tea-pot recently and I couldn’t bear to throw it out. It now has another job as a plant pot and looks gorgeous planted up with flowering plants. It is possible to carefully drill a hole in the bottom for drainage and always add some old broken terracotta pots or gravel to the bottom – or it could be used for indoor plants. An even simpler idea for a teapot is to use it as a vase for the kitchen windowsill!
My son recently gave me a gift – a hanging pot made from a tin can. He painted a lovely design on it but if like me you don’t have much artistic talent, keep them in their natural state as a plain, shiny tin! Remember to put a few drainage holes in the bottom, then simply fill with flowering plants or hanging plants such as strawberries. A good idea if you’ve run out of space in the greenhouse.
That’s it for now. I hope this has inspired you to find unwanted containers to up-cycle into useful pots and planters for your garden.