Vertical Gardening 101

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Gardens are growing in a new direction - up! Vertical gardening is one of the latest trends with it comes to growing plants, flowers, and herbs.  In this article, we'll learn about vertical gardening, and some easy steps to get your vertical garden started today!

Gardens are growing in a new direction - up!

Gaining in popularity, vertical gardening is one of the latest trends when it comes to growing plants, flowers, and herbs.  Best of all, you don't have to be a time-tested green-thumb to get started; vertical gardening is for everyone!

What is Vertical Gardening?

Simply put, vertical gardening is a technique that is used to grow plants in an upward direction, rather than outwards.  Instead of utilizing traditional flower beds on the ground, vertical  gardening requires containers, pallets, boxes, and any vessel you can imagine, really, that are hung or stacked in an upright, vertical position.  This method is ideal for anyone who wants to grow plants, veggies, and herbs but might not have a lot of space to work with.  Plus, the vertical gardening technique is very low-maintenance.  Say goodbye to weeds, pests, and other gardening nuisances.

Building a Vertical Garden

There's no wrong way to grow a vertical garden.  Whether you want to grow herbs or succulents, your vertical gardening options are seemingly limitless.  Vertical  gardens are ideal for small spaces and they are also very accessible.  It doesn't take much time, money, or supplies to start your own vertical garden, today.  Use practical supplies like landscape fabric to make a vertical herb garden that you can enjoy all season long.  Or, embrace your creative side and put together a stunning vertical succulent tray for the ultimate outdoor statement piece.  A little soil, seeds or starter plants as well as some imagination can go a long way.

What Grows Best

A large variety of plants work well for vertical gardening.  Edible plants that don't take long to mature, with shallow root systems, flowering plants that don't require a lot of soil, foliage plants that can handle dry conditions, and indoor plants that don't require much natural sunlight are all good choices for a vertical garden.

Some edible plants include: basil, parsley, chives, cilantro, dill, leaf lettuce, spinach, and kale.

Some flowering plants include: pansies, violas, petunias, begonias, and alyssum.

Some foliage plants include: ferns, spider plant, pothos, and caladium.

Some indoor plants include: air plants, ferns, golden pothos

Be mindful of which types of plants grow best in the region where you live when choosing what you will grow in your vertical garden.

Vertical Garden Maintenance

Relatively low-maintenance, vertical gardens need much of what a traditional garden might require.  Think ample access to sunlight, regular watering, and occasional upkeep like pruning away dead leaves, or snipping a bundle of freshly-grown herbs.  Having a few essential garden tools on hand like a pair of snips, or pruners, as well as a watering wand, nozzle, and hose, can all help your vertical garden looking its best all season long, no matter what you're growing.

Whether you want to grow fresh herbs and edible plants, or simply want to add more color to your outdoor space with flowering annual plants and vibrant succulents, a vertical garden can help achieve a statement piece that will be talked about all season long!


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This post is provided for informational, educational purposes only. This information is intended to provide general guidelines. Because tools, products, materials, techniques, and local codes are constantly changing, Ray Padula Holdings assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein and disclaims any liability for the omissions, errors, or outcomes of any projects or tasks completed. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure compliance with all local laws, rules, codes, and regulations for any projects completed. If there are any questions or doubts regarding any elements of any information provided, consult a local, licensed professional.

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