Vertical Garden Ideas and Inspiration

Vertical gardens are the perfect way to introduce plants and greenery to your area, they can be large enough to cover an entire wall or small shelves of herbs. Also known as plant walls or living walls, they make a great alternative to potted plants as they take up minimal floor space which is particularly beneficial for smaller gardens. With many different options, you can create an aesthetically pleasing area to disguise a space or create a functioning miniature kitchen garden, making the most of your available space.

At Holt Garden Centre we stock multiple supplies and plants, all of which you can use to create your own vertical garden. Our friendly staff will also be on hand to help advise you of the best varieties to plant and use, helping you to make the most of your garden no matter the size.

Tips for Designing Your Own Vertical Garden

There are many different ways you can create a vertical garden, from using trellises as a base or even old palettes. A vertical garden allows you to grow vines, flowers or vegetables in a way that takes up less space than traditional gardening. These are also great for small city space gardeners as the same technique can be used to create a gardening area indoors also. Simply, vertical gardens are structures or walls covered with climbing flowers and varieties planted on the structure.

There are many tips and tricks to create your own vertical garden regardless of whether you have a large or small space. Below are a few tips to help you create a beautiful feature for your garden.

  • Anchor your structure before adding your plants as this is both the safest way to ensure stability and also to ensure that you do not disturb the roots of the plants. Remember that heavier plants will require a sturdier structure. 
  • Plan ahead where you are going to put your vertical garden. As the plants grow they will begin to cast shadows on neighbouring plants so ensure that they are far enough away to receive adequate sunlight. 
  • When you add your plants remember that different species will grow differently on vertical structures. Climbing roses need to be planted into soil on the structure whilst other trailing varieties will grow and loop around openings. 
  • Your vertical garden may need frequent watering and more fertiliser than ground plants as they are more exposed to the elements. It may be beneficial to install an irrigation system to make watering easier. 
  • If you are creating a herb garden, think about adding shelving, wall hanging pots and mechanisms to break up the horizontal plane of individual potted plants. 
  • Almost anything can be used as a container on vertical wall gardens, in fact on old pallet tin cans, jars and recycled pots can help add to the effect. If you are going to use recycled jars, remember to add drainage holes in the base before planting. 
  • If you are securing your vertical garden to a wall, check to make sure the wall is clean, has no debris and is structurally sound. Measure your area and select a mesh or trellis that will be strong enough to support the plants that you would like to add, remember to also consider the weight of wet soil and compost.

Plants to Add to a Vertical Garden

There is a wide variety of plants that can be added to complete the look of a vertical garden, depending on the look and feel you would like to achieve.


An adaptive and wide spreading plant, Ferns can grow easily on walls and cover large areas quickly. The best varieties include Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum) and Blue Star Ferns (Phlebodium aureum).


Highly adaptive and needing little maintenance, Succulents also grow easily on green walls and add a different texture to the area. Varieties such as Crassula (Crassula ovata), Echeveria (Echeveria elegans) and Sedum (genus Sedum) are all great starter plants.


Spreading quickly and creating beautiful trailing patterns, Vines are low maintenance and thrive on indirect sunlight. Some species with pretty flowering blossoms such as Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis), Clematis (Anemone clematis) and Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) add beautiful colour and interest to plant walls within foliage.

Edible Plants

Use your vertical garden as a kitchen area to provide herbs and fresh vegetables. Plants that do well in potted vertical gardens are species such as Lettuces and Herbs. Peas, Tomatoes and vine varieties can also thrive within this format.

Whether you are a beginner or a green fingered professional, vertical gardening is a great way to introduce different heights and textures to your garden, especially if you are limited on space. This is also a great way to introduce houseplants into your home as a similar method can be applied indoors. If you need any help deciding on plant varieties or selecting your trellis please do not hesitate to visit us in store where our expert team will be happy to give you all the advice, tips and tricks you need to help your garden thrive.

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