They’re one of the hottest growing trends in Australia and they’re a great way to maximize space or spruce up a bland wall or fence. Charlie Albone shows you how to build your very own vertical garden.
We're all used to our front and back yards stretching out horizontally, but now those cleaver urbanites have found a solution for when space is limited - a vertical garden.
There are two main options
1) A bespoke vertical gardens costing from around a thousand dollars per square meter.
2) For those of us who don’t have that kind of money, the DIY kits are a good alternative.
DIY Vertical Garden Kits
The kits come in modules so you can use one or more, depending on how big the space is you want to cover. They start from around $70 for one with 8 pots.
- It’s important to make sure the fence or wall you are attaching your garden to is sturdy – you don’t what it to collapse under the weight of your planting.
- If it needs a bit of extra strength, simply bolster it by attaching some marine ply. Marine ply is a good option because it’s designed for use outside and in the wet.
- Simply screw the bracket to the wall or fence. A key thing here is to use exterior screws – the ones designed for outside use. Plant up the pots and clip them onto the bracket.
- The clever thing about these DIY vertical gardens is they come with their own watering system. It’s a polly pipe which runs behind the bracket and into the pot. You can either connect it directly to a hose pipe or a you may want to use an irrigation timer.
- One of the key things with a vertical wall is to get the plant selection right and it will all depend on where you’re putting it. If it’s in full sun go for succulent plants that need less water.
The little pots can dry out quickly though, so you need drought hardy plant like agave. …but maybe not as big as this one!
If there is less sun, you can still create a tropical style green wall like the one in the video above. The peace lily is good for this as it has big leaves which that can handle less light.
When it comes to vertical gardens the sky’s the limit – or maybe the limit is just height of your wall or fence!