Vertical gardening techniques can be used to beautify any vertical space around your home, whether that's a bare fence or patch of wall. You can even build your own vertical space. Vertical gardening is an especially good idea if you don't have a garden or yard, and there are various methods you can use.

Recycled Planting Pockets

Planting pockets made from a breathable recycled material resembling felt can be attached to any vertical surface using metal grommets. The pockets are then filled with earth and can support a whole range of plants, including annuals, herbs, and perennials.

Build a Stand-Alone Wall

If you do not have any usable vertical space, you can always create a wall by fixing hex wire netting to a wooden frame or beam. Small plant pots can then be attached to the netting using wire loops.  

Upcycle Old Furniture

Old furniture such as dressers, wardrobe, cabinets, and fridges can make excellent planters when filled with soil. For dressers, stagger the drawers to create a cascading waterfall effect.

Hanging Planters

Hanging planters can be made easily out of discarded wood for a series of shelves and string, rope, or wire to attach the shelves to a beam or pole. Cut holes into the shelves to accommodate for the plant pots.

Pallet Planters

Old wooden shipping pallets can be made into effective planters by attaching a landscaping material to the back of the pallet, filling it with soil, and then planting in the gaps between the wooden lengths.

Stack Crates or Boxes

Old crates or boxes can be stacked to create a kind of vertical pyramid filled with plants. The crates may need reinforcing with planks of wood to ensure that they don't collapse.

Recycled Plastic Bottles 

Empty soda bottles make for free and effective planters. First, cut a strip in the length of the bottle and fill it with soil. Make sure you keep the lid on and remove the label. Bottles can then be hung using wire or string along a wall or fence.

Use a Step Ladder

A step ladder makes for an excellent series of platforms for plants, especially if you don't want to spend much time building.

A Note on Irrigation

Most vertical plants can be reached with a watering can or hose, but for those higher plants, you might benefit from an automatic gravity irrigation system, which can be attached to a hose, and the drip lines can then be feed between the various plants.   

For the necessary landscaping supplies and help planning your project, contact a local nursery or landscaping store.