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Describing why vertical gardens appeal would generally include adjectives like adventurous, beautiful, colorful, different, enchanting, fabulous, lush, and others. The single one that should be on the list is practical.
It makes perfect sense and, once considered, seems so obvious. Firstly, you save space, which for many is at a premium. Additionally, you can capitalize on gravity for watering, and it is visually appealing, has a real calming effect, and is fun to do.
Consider it an exercise to create a combination of living art, food production, air purification, and a space that promotes mental health.
The structures shared in this post now make it possible for anyone and everyone to experience the benefits of gardening – irrespective of the limitations of their available space – indoors or outdoors.
1. Hassle-Free – High Yield Hydroponic Garden Tower
This modular system allows you to layer rings of four cavities to grow plants around a central pipe that houses the irrigation tubes and allows the recirculation of the water to the catchment area at the bottom.
A tower of staggered plant holders is automatically watered and fed via a submersible pump housed in a base container. The pump circulates nutrient-laden water continually, ensuring the roots remain hydrated and optimally fed for maximum growth.
Adding five layers allows you to grow 20 plants using only a square foot of floor space indoors or outdoors.
Imagine. A continuous supply of fresh herbs or veggies from your indoor Garden Tower to your table with as little as 10 minutes of work per week.
The included hydroponic system ensures optimal feeding and watering of your plants throughout the week—no need for green fingers.
Just pop the seedling in the cavity, top up the bottom container with water weekly, add the provided nutrients monthly, keep the pump running that circulates nutrient-laden water to the plants, and reap the harvest.
2. Stackable Pots for Small and Scaled Production
Combining clever modular design, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, stackable pots allow you to create an ever-yielding garden tower of up to 40 plants using a mere square foot of floor space.
The pots, shaped as a 3- or 4-leaf clover at the top, are traditionally not hydroponic and use soil as a growth medium.
Moisture-level detectors linked to an automated small drip-feed pump can help ensure optimal irrigation levels, though these are generally not sold together.
Common features include:
- Each well-engineered pot snugly slots into the one below, allowing to build a tower of layers of three or four sides with ample space for root vegetables like carrots.
- Strong enough to stack 8-high
- A hole in the middle of the pot’s base allows the threading of the pots onto a chain or pipe for easy hanging.
- A Stoneware catch tray is included for indoor, on-the-floor use.
- Water drainage slots prevent waterlogging and allow gravity-fed tiered watering.
Small homes or scaled operations in a tunnel are brilliant, cost-effective solutions to growing various plants.
3. Felt Vegetable Plant Wall Hanging Garden Bags
A fully biodegradable option that can add a new living dimension to a wall – indoors or outdoors. These nifty bags are strengthened with a backing board to prevent collapse and wall water damage and can be fixed to a wall in any format.
Available in various colors, sizes, and formats. Add some life to your space with this breathable option.
A further option is to use pots in the hanging bags rather than planting directly in the sachets, making it possible to shift and reformat your wall as and when you want to and extend the life of the wall fitting.
The pots you use can be of a cheaper version as all that will stick out will be the actual plant.
4. Cedar Ladder Vertical Garden
A broadsided ladder made of weatherproof Cedar, slanted footing, and a top to lean against a wall.
Stepped offset wooden boxes allow for easy watering and ample space for plants to reach their full height without any obstruction.
You can bring in your fabulous style by painting and decorating each box. Make it funky. Make it alive. Make it yours.
5. Expandable Trellis Vertical Garden
A diamond-shaped expanding trellis, painted in your favorite color, is ideal for hanging small pots of different colors and shapes.
Create a colorful display of culinary resources, a backdrop to Zoom or Teams meetings, or fill it with vibrant color for personal satisfaction and a sense of well-being: your space – your taste.
Alternatively, cover it with a climbing vine-like Heartleaf Philodendron, Devil’s Ivy, or Creeping Fig – all plants thrive indoors and in low light.
6. Metal Vertical Raised Garden Bed
A free-standing metal frame is ideal for patios, balconies, indoors or outdoors. Fitted with five planter boxes slanted for easy watering and offers a full display of your flowers, vegetables, or herbs.
The advantage of a free-standing unit is that it can safely stand in front of a sliding or balcony door.
Five planter boxes are ample room to plant complementing plants that promote each other’s well-being. For more detail, please look at my blog on companion planting.
7. Two-Sided Cedar Vertical Garden
Suppose you’re not keen on the rugged look indoors—an Cedarwood A-frame with sides fully enclosed presents more as a piece of furniture than a planter.
Also, You can use the double-sided frame with five planter boxes on either side to present sun-loving and shade-preferring plants in their preferred location.
This beautiful piece provides ample gardening space without taking much surface space – surely enough to keep a family supplied with all they love.
8. Vertical Wall Hanger Pots
Each unit consists of three plastic semicircle shells and fits into adjacent triplets vertically and horizontally, making it possible to cover vast expanses of walling with a continuous shell sheet. Because the shell triplets interlink, only every fourth row must be attached to the wall.
The kit uses gravity feed to hydrate the wall effectively, consisting of nine triplets (36 shells) and a 9-foot watering system for the top row.
Each shell has a removable plastic false bottom allowing water to gather at the bottom without water-logging the roots.
Once the shell’s water level reaches the top of the false bottom (where the roots are, the water overflows to the next tier below for a repeated process; once the bottom tier overflows, you can be assured that all the plants on the wall are effectively watered.
9. Self-watering Hanging Planters
This is indeed a beautiful design that uses science to ensure plants remain effectively hydrated over extended periods.
The concept uses a string or thin rope capillary action to transfer stored water from a reservoir container below the plant container upwards to the roots.
The same concept is being used for sustainable tree planting in arid regions. Placing a circular paper-mache reservoir around the seedling tree and linking the two with a thin rope, the plant’s survival is significantly improved, even in dry, desert-like environments.
Though the concept is the same, this offering is functional and will be a natural feature in your home.
This double-walled container allows the cavity between the two walls to be filled with water linked to the plant via a thin cord. Both brilliant and beautiful. It comes with a wall mounting bracket.
10. Lattice Rail Vertical Planters
A gaily painted lattice rail with added pots of different colors and geo-shapes combine to create a functional feature in a home. Y
our imagination is our only limitation.
Geometrical pots add a further facet to your display. Fill with herbs, vegetables, or succulents and create an alternative backdrop to remote video meetings.
Combine plants with other notices for a fully integrated surface. Use small bulldog clips to add photos.
Really, with a bit of imagination, and minimal spending, you could transform a space into two shakes of a duck’s tail.
This beautiful bamboo vertical garden structure combines high-end aesthetics and high oxygen production.
This is an exquisite piece for a windowsill or a desk with a wooden base that only measures 15 x 5 inches and three tiers of bamboo containers hanging from a stainless steel frame using thin cables.
Match the concept with succulents that are great at producing oxygen, are low maintenance, and are evergreen.
12. Window Rail Vertical Planters
This clever board design with hanging pockets lets you use part of your curtain rod to secure your source of home-grown, fresh vegetables or herbs.
Made in different colors to match your décor. Imagine reaching out to your kitchen window for a garnish or to complete your salad.
If variety is the spice of life, then this feature, wherever it’s placed, could add a whole new dimension to your living space.
13. Vertical Raised Garden Bed
Made of durable Cedarwood and fitted with lockable wheels, this free-standing unit has 3-tiers of wooden plant boxes lined with removable plastic baskets which fit a water reservoir at the bottom of each plant box. The free-standing feature and lockable castors make this an excellent in-home choice. The unit comes with piping for irrigation and all the tools you need.
Occupying only 28 by 50 inches of floor space, this is one of those items that I feel I need to get or regret it.
Conclusion on 13 Perfect Garden Structure Ideas For Growing Vertically
At a time when homes are morphing into this seldom-left space where life, work, and sleep are done, we must take care of ourselves.
Some structure and order go a long way, but adding plants takes well-being to a new level.
Your choice of the above options depends on your unique needs and realities. Start small and grow with the process if you haven’t grown a plant. It’s fun and addictive – and hugely satisfying.
Choose vertical if you plant a garden to make our planet more sustainable.
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