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Going to New Heights to Maximize Your Garden


One of the top trends in gardening for 2011 is vertical gardening. This space saving method is perfect for balconies, decks, patios, indoors, and gardens. Vertical gardening can also add privacy and is easy for those with arthritis or back problem, eliminating bending low to the ground. If your space is large or small you can benefit from some type of vertical gardening.

Container gardening has long been popular for small decks, balconies and indoors. Containers are now going to new heights to maximize growing space in the smallest of gardens. One great way to utilize your vertical space on a deck or balcony is by using a self watering planter such as a Earth Box with a trellis. In this type of set up you can grow tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and even cantaloupes. Another way of using a trellis is to mount the trellis to an exterior wall and then using clips attach small pots with succulents or small flowers, add a potted climbing plant at its base to fill in the unused space. Don’t forget to add window boxes and rail planters which are perfect for flowers and greens such as spinach.

Your indoor garden can be more than just a few house plants in pots. There are great new self-watering systems that can transform an entire wall into a living wall full of lush plants. You can also install a pegboard and using pegs suspend pots at different heights on a wall; easy to move plants around and water. They even make containers and shelves for pegboards so the possibilities are endless.

If you are lucky enough to have a yard large enough for a garden you can still gain extra space and add visual interest to your garden by adding vertical features. A trellis or arbor with a climbing vine has long been a favorite, you could also add an pergola which once the vines covered the top would provide tons of shade during the summer months. A great choice for pergolas or arbors is a grape vine. Not only do they have pretty foliage but after the 3rd year you get yummy grapes; you could even make your own homemade wine.

Another great often overlooked area is your fence. Treat your fence as a wall. If you have a tall privacy fence add shelving to set pots on or mount planters directly to the fence for additional growing space. Chain link fencing is perfect for growing any climbing plant and add additional privacy.

One of our favorite vertical gardening techniques is to install a tee-pee. Using branches, boards, or bamboo you construct a pyramid or tee-pee. Plant bean poles, squash, small melons or fragrant climbing flowers to grow over the structure. Larger tee-pees can become great hiding places for small children during the summer.

Below are some additional visual inspirations to help you make the most of your vertical space.


Self-watering living wall


Boxes mounted to a fence- functional and visually appealing


Pots mounted to a fence or trellis can be fun and colorful


Lush moss walls can divide spaces and add privacy


Supended pots are great for indoor growing


A trellis can add visual interest to a plain exterior wall