Five DIY vertical hanging gardens

Mason Jars As Flower Pots

Vertical gardens, sometimes known as living walls, are the perfect way to add life and colour to your home. Inside, transform a blank space into a feature wall or easily accessible herb garden; or outside, maximise even the smallest of spaces with a vertical array of plants, herbs and flowers.

There are plenty of ready-to-go vertical planters you can buy if you prefer to go with something ready-made. But if you enjoy a good DIY project, there are tonnes of ways you can create your own gorgeous vertical garden, simply by repurposing second hand items. Here are five easy DIY vertical garden ideas you can try. And you’ll be able to get just about everything you need for your DIY project on Gumtree!

Soft drink bottles

Soft drink bottle garden

Soft drink bottle garden

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This is recycling at its best! Don’t throw away your old soft drink bottles – reuse them to create a gorgeous vertical garden that can be made as large or small, as dense or sparse as you like. Simply cut lengthways along the soft drink bottles, fill them with potting soil and hang them with wire. Plant fresh herbs like basil, coriander and mint to transform even the tiniest of outdoor spaces into a beautiful herb garden.

Succulent wall art

Succulent box frame

Succulent box frame

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Succulents are an excellent choice for a vertical garden because they’re easy to take care of and come in range of colours and textures. Repurposing an old picture frame is a fantastic way to display your living art. All you need to do is replace the back of the frame with a shadow box, fill it with soil and then overlay chicken wire, which will help secure your plants. Then poke your succulents through the wire, pushing them into the soil. You’ll need to keep the frame flat until your succulents take root, then after a few weeks your living wall art will be ready to hang.

Rain gutters

Rain gutters

Rain gutters

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The great thing about DIY is that you can repurpose just about any raw materials for your vertical garden – even old rain gutters. All you need to do is attach your gutters to a solid wall, fill them with soil and plant with flowers or veggies for a stunning outdoor feature wall. Play with the styling to create the right look for you; hang your gutters horizontally or on angles, or perhaps paint them bright colours to make them pop. You’re only limited by your imagination!

Old rustic pallet

Rustic vertical pallet garden

Rustic vertical pallet garden

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Old wooden pallets are the perfect material to create a beautifully rustic vertical garden.  Either use the pallet’s horizontal beams as shelving, placing potted herbs and flowers along the shelves (note– you’ll need to include an irrigation system if you want this indoors). Or, line the pallet with waterproof plastic, leaving one side covered only by shade cloth and fill the entire pallet with soil. Lay flat, planting your plants through the shade cloth – leave for a few weeks and hang once the plants have taken root.

Potted wall unit

Flower pots

Flower pots

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One of the simplest, easiest ways to create a vertical garden is by installing a wall fixture for potted plants. Whether it’s several rows stacked on top of each other for the full living wall effect, or just a single row of small pots for 24/7 access to fresh herbs, this is a really simple way to enjoy an indoor garden. To create your own unique look, find interesting items you can repurpose as pots, such as old paint tins or mason jars.


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