Whether you live in a big city or someplace that gets cold 9 months out of the year, indoor herb gardens provide so many benefits. They purify the air in your home. They give you fresh herbs all year round. They are convenient to care for. They add a little green life to your kitchen. In other words, you can’t go wrong putting an herb garden indoors. Even if you live in a tiny apartment, there are so many ways to grow those greens that space can’t be an excuse not to. Take a look at these 15 indoor herb gardens to find which style works best for your space.
- 1. One Pot
- 2. Hanging Planters
- 3. Bookshelf Garden
- 4. Vertical Box Planter
- 5. Pegboard Herb Garden
- 6. Windowsill Garden
- 7. Rolling Herbs
- 8. Vertical Hanging Planter
- 9. Teacup Herb Garden
- 10. Sunken Counter Garden
- 11. IKEA Storage Garden
- 12. Gutter Garden
- 13. Upside Down Planters
- 14. Mason Jar Planters
- 15. Washtub Garden
- 1. Mounted Mason Jars
- 2. Wall Box
- 3. Pocket Shoe Garden
- 4. Herb Wall
- 5. Curtain Rods
- 6. Rustic
- 7. Ikea Hack
- 8. Recycled Bottles
- 9. Framed
- 10. Vertical Pallet Garden
- 11. Painted Pots
- 12. Hanging from Driftwood
- 13. Galvanized Gutters
- 14. Tool Boxes
- 15. Fence Boards
- 16. Modern and Space Saving
- 17. Hex Wire Wall
- 18. Buckets on the Wall
- 19. Shower Caddy
- 20. Wall Mounted Herb Garden
- 21. Sticky Window Planters
- 22. Planter Stand
- 23. 3 Tiered
- 24. Another Ladder Planter
- 25. Salvaged Screens
- 26. Minimalist Design
- 27. Individuality
- 28. Colored Shelves
- 29. Small Cups
- 30. DIY Hanging Garden
- 31. Ammo Cans
- 32. Nautical
- 33. Big to Small
- 34. Self Watering Jars
- 35. Herb Garden Ladder
- 36. Pop Bottles
- 37. Crates and More Crates
- 38. Painted Plastic
- 39. Coca-Cola
- 40. Glass Bottles
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- How to Make an Indoor Herb Garden
- Three Vertical Herb Gardens You Will Love
- Utility Rack Vertical Herb Garden
- Vintage Ladder Vertical Herb Garden
- Living Picture Vertical Herb Garden
- Amy Andrychowicz
- More Herbs to Love
- How to Make a Vertical Herb Garden
- Benefits of a Vertical Herb Garden:
- 9 DIY Vertical Gardens For Better Herbs
- 1. Hanging Shelves with Terra-Cotta Pots
- 2. Upcycled Metal Ammunition-Box Herb Garden
- 3. Repurposed Spice Rack Herb Garden
- 4. Repurposed Hanging File-Organizer Garden
- 5. Wall-Mounted Pipe-and-Metal Hanging Planters
- 6. Hanging Shoe-Organizer Garden
- 7. Freestanding Hanging Gutter Herb Planter
- 8. Hanging Paint-Can Herb Garden
- 9. Leaning Trellis with Hanging Bucket Garden
- 1. DIY Cedar Wall Planter
- 2. Upcycled Plastic Bottle Tower Garden
- 3. DIY Cedar Ladder Planter
- 4. Repurposed Chicken Wire Planter
- 5. Galvanized Bucket Hanging Garden
- 6. DIY Wooden Vertical Pyramid Tower
- 7. DIY Stair Step Vertical Garden
- 8. Easy DIY Flower Pot Towers
- 9. Adorable Hanging Gutter Planter And Stand
- 10. Rustic DIY Wooden Vertical Planter
- 12. DIY Mini Aquaponics Tower Garden
- 13. Gorgeous DIY Painted Pallet Planter
- 14. Easy DIY Potato Tower
- 15. DIY PVC Elbow Joint Vertical Garden
- 16. DIY PVC Tube Planter
- 17. Repurposed Trellis Vertical Garden
- 18. Repurposed Kitchen Spice Rack Vertical Garden
- 19. DIY Spiral Vertical Garden
- 20. Easy DIY Garden Obelisk
- Cedar Vertical Tiered Ladder Garden Planter
1. One Pot
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Here is possibly the simplest herb garden ever. Find yourself a big pot and an empty corner and put your green thumb to work. You can even let the kids get creative with your herb labels. (via Young Wife’s Guide)
2. Hanging Planters
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If you really don’t have floor space, there is always ceiling space. Hang your herbs up high off your counters in these DIY macrame planters. (via Foxy Folksy)
3. Bookshelf Garden
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Most of us know that bookshelves are good for more than just books. One of our favorite uses for them is houseplant and herb storage. Find yourself a nice little bookcase for your potted herbs to grow and thrive. (via Sous Style)
4. Vertical Box Planter
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You could buy or DIY this country modern herb planter that will become your favorite art piece in your kitchen. Plus it gives you more counter space so it’s definitely a win win. (via Houzz)
5. Pegboard Herb Garden
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The beauty of pegboard is it’s unlimited versatility. While the image above shows herbs in mugs, you could hang small pots or galvanized pails and your shears would always be nearby. (via Behance)
6. Windowsill Garden
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Get the most out of whatever natural light you’ve got in your home and place a curtain rod across a window for the perfect place to hang those leafy greens. (via Shelterness)
7. Rolling Herbs
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Perhaps the best light in your home isn’t in your kitchen. Put your potted herbs on a bar cart and suddenly indoor gardening is easier than it’s ever been before. (via SF Girl By Bay)
8. Vertical Hanging Planter
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If you happen to only have a small empty corner in your kitchen, this vertical planter is just for you. It won’t take up much room and you can put the herbs that kitty eats on top. (via Decorating Your Small Space)
9. Teacup Herb Garden
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Maybe you think that the usual terracotta pots aren’t good enough for you. Go find a set of teacups at your local thrift store and give your herbs a pretty place to grow. (via BHG)
10. Sunken Counter Garden
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It’s a major diy project or an expensive custom piece, but wouldn’t it be worth it to have your herbs instantly at your fingertips? You would look like a professional chef while you cook. (via Houzz)
11. IKEA Storage Garden
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With IKEA’s Fintorp system, customizing your own wall garden suddenly became simple and affordable. Now all you have to do is find the wall space. (via Design Hunter LA)
12. Gutter Garden
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Did you know that gutters were also multi-purpose products? It’s something you can find at any hardware store so you can have these up and growing in a Saturday afternoon! (via 1001 Gardens)
13. Upside Down Planters
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For those with high ceilings, hanging your herbs can be a huge hassle. However, with these planters that hang the leaves upside down, your herbs are easily accessible and brought to a new life. (via Apartment Therapy)
14. Mason Jar Planters
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Yes, I am aware that those are succulents in those mason jars. But this is such a neat project, you could easily put it together for your herb garden. (via Free Series)
15. Washtub Garden
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Just for the country in us all, planting your herbs in a vintage washtub will give you a twist on a classic. And it’s easy like the one pot garden above. (via Liz Marie)
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme delicately hung against the wall. Fresh basil ready-to-pick right beside your kitchen counter. Got a desire for fresh herbs but just don’t have the space for a garden? Don’t worry! The solution to your problem is easy, stylish, budget-friendly and impressively cool!
Vertical herb gardens have a ton of benefits. To start off, they are an awesome way to save space while still growing your greens. If you plan your vertical garden in a specific way you can create a gravity-fed watering system that uses every drop of water that you give your plants. Plus, to top it all off, vertical herb gardens are super stylish and makes wonderful natural décor!
Below is a list of 40 fresh and fun vertical herb gardens to save you space and inspire your next weekend project!
1. Mounted Mason Jars
Glass mason jars mounted on an old piece of barn or pallet wood can make a lovely vertical herb garden for your kitchen!
2. Wall Box
Keep your herbs close by so that you can pick them freshly the moment you need them and add them to your cooking or baking.
3. Pocket Shoe Garden
Awesome! What a clever way to create an easy vertical herb garden! Let’s just hope that your shoes can still stay organized now…
4. Herb Wall
Need a dividing wall? Well, don’t just build a wall, give it a function! This one consists of hanging terracotta pots filled with plants… Fill yours with herbs!
5. Curtain Rods
I love how this vertical herb garden is snuggled into the kitchen window for optimal growing and optimal cooking!
There’s something so charming about rustic furniture and decor pieces like a pallet wood three-tiered herb garden.
7. Ikea Hack
Turn an Ikea bar cart into a mobile vertical herb garden so you can take your fresh mint with you and always have mojito ingredients!
8. Recycled Bottles
This impressive vertical herb garden recycles plastic bottles into herb homes. The system is also self-watering allowing the excess water from the higher plants to drip down to the lower plants.
I love this modern design for a vertical herb garden. It looks like the herbs are framed as if they are lovely paintings.
10. Vertical Pallet Garden
Update an unused pallet into something both useful and beautiful! By using chalk paint you can easily move things around and be able to remind yourself what’s what.
11. Painted Pots
Blend your indoor herb garden into the styling of your kitchen. White to match the cupboards and silver to go with the appliances.
12. Hanging from Driftwood
Hanging from a beautiful piece of driftwood, these painted tins are filled with delicious basils and thymes!
13. Galvanized Gutters
Industrial and cool, these imposing galvanized gutters hanging from rope make quite the statement on the side of the house!
14. Tool Boxes
Head on down to the local thrift shop and pick up some tool boxes! Paint them up, add lovely print and fill with herbs!
15. Fence Boards
Got an old garden fence that you’re wanting to take down? Here’s one way to reuse that beautiful wood!
16. Modern and Space Saving
Got a tiny porch or an even tinier balcony? No worries! You can still grow all your own fresh herbs! Check out how this vertical modern herb garden barely takes up any room.
17. Hex Wire Wall
Hexagon wire netting can be a useful material on your creative road to a vertical herb garden!
18. Buckets on the Wall
This super cute design uses metal buckets hanging on the wall as a vertical herb garden. The best part is that it’s right beside the kitchen dining table so you can freshen up your pasta!
19. Shower Caddy
Most people use these metal caddy’s in their shower… We have another idea for them!
20. Wall Mounted Herb Garden
You may have some extra materials from your last DIY project. Use your imagination and come up with something clever like a vertical herb garden!
21. Sticky Window Planters
How adorable are these sticky window planters that allow for you to grow herbs all year round?! Love it!
22. Planter Stand
While the image shows beautiful white flowers decorating the planter stand we are already planning the herbs that we will plant in ours!
23. 3 Tiered
This 3 tiered planter box moves vertically up to take up less space while still having space for all your summer herbs!
24. Another Ladder Planter
Here’s another charming, functional and stylish design for upcycling a ladder into a vertical herb and flower garden.
25. Salvaged Screens
Upcycle two salvaged screens, some barn wood and a bit of wire into a gorgeous outdoor vertical herb garden.
26. Minimalist Design
Using a modern and minimalistic design this indoor herb garden hangs gracefully on the wall beside your kitchen counter and has all the herbs you could need!
One thing you might find useful for your indoor herb garden is being able to individually remove each herb so you can trim, replant or water with ease.
28. Colored Shelves
Small colored shelves are stylish, practical and fun! Paint the shelves your favorite colors or match them with the color scheme of your house!
29. Small Cups
Build a wooden shelving unit above your kitchen counter and use small cups to be the new home for your cute little plants!
30. DIY Hanging Garden
I really love how small and subtle this little herb garden is. Light-toned wood, rope, and terracotta pots make the green of the plants really pop!
31. Ammo Cans
Check out how to make a happy and green vertical herb garden using recycled ammo cans and metal chain. What a transformation!
Got a cute lake cottage with a lack of herbs? This nautical design uses dock cleats as a spot to hang your cans of herbs!
33. Big to Small
Are there certain herbs that you use more often than others? Then consider that in your design planning!
34. Self Watering Jars
These colored mason jars don’t just look stunning in the light of the sun, they are also self-watering making your life easier!
35. Herb Garden Ladder
Check out this gorgeous yellow ladder that’s been wonderfully transformed into a charming vertical herb garden!
36. Pop Bottles
Start saving those plastic pop bottles because we’ve got the perfect recycling project for them!
37. Crates and More Crates
Build an easy shelving unit out of old wooden crates and place your herbs however you want amongst the crates! Get creative and have fun!
38. Painted Plastic
Another wonderful way to reuse plastic bottles into a vertical self-watering herb garden. This clever design painted the pop bottles to match the color of the wall so that they really blend in.
There are so many cool ways to reuse and recycle old things into new projects. This coca-cola vertical herb garden is just one idea!
40. Glass Bottles
A modern homemade vertical herb garden utilizing recycled glass bottles. This one is really sure to impress your guests!
Fresh and fun, these unique vertical herb gardens are going to make a big impression on your guests, roommates, family members and especially on yourself! You will love having fresh herbs close to the kitchen and you will love the extra space you save by building vertically.
There are awesome ways to recycle old materials into a new planter for your delicious herbs that are stylish and functional. You can also get creative by building something new from scratch to house your herbs. Whether it’s modern and sleek or vintage and charming you can really have fun designing your new vertical herb garden!
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How to Make an Indoor Herb Garden
Herbs are easy to grow indoors. Begin with either seeds or seedlings, set in a sunny window and water occasionally.
- Begin with good quality plants. You can start herbs from seed, but you can harvest sooner if you start with seedlings, either purchased from the Garden Center or plants in your own garden. If you’re bringing herb containers from the outside in, let them experience a few cold, not freezing nights, to toughen them up for the transition indoors. It’s wise to quarantine plants for a few weeks and monitor for plants and diseases.
- Select the right location. Herbs like light and require a minimum of four hours of sunshine a day. A bright, south facing window is ideal. Supplement natural light with grow lights, if needed.
- Choose the right container. Terra cotta containers tend to quickly dry out. Try a glazed container and saucer to keep water from damaging your windowsill or counter. Herbs like water, but too much will cause root rot and mildew problems. Place a few pebbles in the bottom of the saucer as a layer of protection for the roots.
- Add good quality potting mix. Choose a moisture retentive, well-draining potting mix for houseplants, never garden soil or garden dirt.
- Feed and water routinely. Indoor air can be dry. Water or mist herbs frequently. Feed every month with an all-purpose plant fertilizer.
- Build a unique indoor container garden to display your herbs.
Three Vertical Herb Gardens You Will Love
No more excuses! If you’ve always wanted an herb garden but thought you didn’t have the space, then today is your lucky day! These clever herb garden ideas take advantage of the vertical space you have outdoors that is going unused so you can grow an herb garden just about anywhere. If you have sunny wall, then a leaning herb garden ladder will give you all you need to spice up your cooking. Or maybe you are always chasing the light with morning sun on one side of your balcony and afternoon sun on the other. Not a problem! Just put the herb garden on wheels and move the garden to meet the sun. If you don’t even have a square foot of ground, that’s OK too. You can hang an herb garden right on your wall. As you will see, these vertical herb gardens make the most of small spaces, in the most stylish way.
While vertical gardening is nothing new to me, I love to get new DIY ideas. And, boy, did I ever find a lot of great ones in my friend and DIY soul-mate, Amy Andrychowicz’s new and wonderful book, Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space. When I get a book that I really want to share with you, I usually ask if the author can share a project with us here on Garden Therapy, but in this case, I found THREE projects I wanted to show you. If you like these projects, Amy has clear and very detailed instructions on how to build these at home. Plus, there are many other cool ideas like the garden tool trellis, living artwork, and obelisk building plans.
Utility Rack Vertical Herb Garden
The first project I fell in love with was this rolling herb garden cart. It’s such a smart design for those of us who have a small space that is flanked by walls. I have a carport area that I use to grow plants that I’m testing out for the first time. I have limited garden space so I use that as my plant trial area. Because it is in between two garages, the west side gets the morning sun and the east side gets the afternoon sun. With a rolling cart like this, I can move my test herbs from side to side to be sure they got sun all day! Hooray!
Here is what Amy had to say about this project:
“My upcycled utility rack planter came on wheels, which is a bonus for me. The wheels make it easy to move my vertical garden planter around on the deck, and I can simply roll it into the porch when there’s a threat of frost. If yours doesn’t have wheels, you could easily add some inexpensive wheels, which can be found at any home improvement store.
For this project, I chose to line the wire baskets of my utility rack with coco liners because I like how they look with the color of the rack that I bought. But you could use landscaping fabric or burlap to line the baskets if you prefer. Coco liners can be found at any garden center or home improvement store, and they come in either preformed sizes or in large rolls.”
Vintage Ladder Vertical Herb Garden
I like the look of this ladder planter with the hanging pots. The ladder idea looks great, but it also maximizes sunny spots of the garden with a minimal footprint. This would be perfect to liven up a boring bit of fence or siding. I may even have to repurpose this ladder that I usually use for drying herbs.
“This replica antique ladder planter is very easy to build, and inexpensive too. It looks adorable sitting on the front porch or leaning against an old garden shed or fence. If you’re lucky enough to own an antique ladder, you can definitely use it instead of building your own.
For this project, I used simple metal buckets that I found at a local department store, and I hung them from the ladder using large S hooks. To make your ladder planter look even more authentic,you could comb local antique shops for buckets or basket planters to hang on it instead. It won’t take long for the wood to age, making the ladder look more authentic. But, if you prefer to speed up the process, you can use simple painting and distressing techniques to make the ladder look like it’s been sitting in your garden for years.”
Living Picture Vertical Herb Garden
You may recognize a project similar to this in my own book, Garden Made, where I created living art out of succulents. A few years later, I transplanted the succulents and filled the frames with annuals to shake things up. I didn’t even think of planting herbs in there, but I guess I have a new project for this year. My frames will be overflowing with easy-to-grow mints in no time!
Here is what Amy had to say about this project:
“Picture frames come in tons of different shapes and sizes, and it’s fun to mix and match a few of them to create a decorative element on a blank wall or fence in your yard. You can even paint the frames to add bold splashes of color to your garden as I did here.
Used picture frames are a dime a dozen at secondhand stores and garage sales and are very easy to find. Or maybe you have a bunch of old ones collecting dust in storage that you can—literally!—give new life to. Wherever you find them, be sure to choose square or rectangular picture frames that are at least 11/2 inches wide for this project. The wider the frame, the easier it will be to work with, and the better it will look in the garden.”
Excerpts and photography reprinted with permission from Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space by Amy Andrychowicz, © 2018. Published by Cool Springs Press. Photography: Tracy Walsh.
Be sure to grab a copy of Amy’s new book, Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space for more great vertical growing ideas. Amy is also the creator of Get Busy Gardening, a popular gardening website dedicated to beginner gardeners, where she has been actively blogging for almost 10 years. She is also the author of several successful eBooks.
Amy gets her green thumb from her parents, and has been gardening for most of her life. She is a passionate gardener who enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, succulents, tropical plants, and houseplants–you name, she’s grown it! After purchasing her first home in 2002, Amy soon discovered that she has a knack for designing and building DIY projects. Over the years, she has transformed her boring suburban yard into a garden oasis by adding several flower gardens, a large vegetable garden, a tropical garden, a rain garden, a Zen garden, two ponds, and many unique hardscape features, all of which were DIY projects. She is devoted to helping new gardeners learn through guidance, encouragement, and advice that is easy to understand. Amy loves sharing her knowledge, and strongly believes that there is no such thing as a brown thumb; anyone can be a gardener if they want to be.
Amy lives and gardens in Minneapolis, Minnesota (zone 4b) with her husband and two cats (though the cats aren’t much help in the garden!).
More Herbs to Love
If you don’t have outdoor space, then why not move the herb garden indoors? My Garden Therapy Seed Collection Indoor Herb Garden grows right on your window!
Or how about these herb gardening ideas?
- Wine Box Herb Garden
- Find the Best Indoor Herb Garden for Any Space
- Grow Your Own Perennial Herb Container Garden
- Fascinating Herbal Histories from Around the World
- How to Grow Herbs Indoors (Successfully)
- Which Herbs to Grow Indoors (and Which Ones NOT to)
Tight on space? This DIY Vertical Herb Garden is a easy way to add fresh herbs and style to any outdoor wall. Learn how with this simple tutorial!
Even though I don’t have space to plant a vegetable garden, I make it a point to plant herbs every year. I like to have fresh herbs for flavoring dishes (like my homemade herb butters or infused liquor recipes), and they look and smell so pretty.
I’ve tried various herb gardens in the past, but I was never in love with the overall display, or the garden was in a place that didn’t get enough sun. This year I decided to try something different: a DIY Vertical Herb Garden.
Pretty cute, right?
This project was actually inspired by a hanging file organizer I picked up at HomeGoods. I was walking around the store looking for inspiration, and my idea light bulb lit up when I saw this guy sitting on the shelf.
With some ingenuity, soil, and potted herbs, I quickly turned this ordinary office accessory into an unusual. space-saving herb garden. DIY Vertical Herb Garden for the win!
How to Make a Vertical Herb Garden
To make this rack a functioning and chic garden, I needed a few things:
- hanging file organizer
- oil-rubbed bronze spray paint
- coco fiber liners
- assorted herbs
I didn’t love the silver finish wouldn’t for my space, so I started off by giving the rack a couple coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
Once the rack was dry, I attached it to the wall using screws. Much better!
To keep the soil and plants in the pockets of the rack, I lined them with round coco liners that you’d normally use in a hanging basket. This also help to hold in water.
You can find the liners in most garden supply centers and hardware stores these days, and they are pretty inexpensive. The ones I purchased were round. They weren’t a perfect fit to start, but I gently pushed them into the pockets and spread out the fiber to fill the opening.
With the pockets lined, I added soil. Now, I was ready for herbs. Because I tend to go overboard with plants, I was able to squeeze sixteen herb plants into this rack. There are eight different herbs, and I used two of each herb. You could certainly get away with just one of each herb, but I am short on patience and want instant impact, so I went for more.
I gently tucked the herb plants into each pocket and then put in more soil where it was needed.
After a quick watering, my DIY vertical herb garden was complete!
Who would have thought that a magazine storage rack could function as a vertical herb garden? It’s like it was meant to be!
Enjoy this project? Here are a few more creative DIYs:
- Mounted Staghorn Fern
- DIY Beeswax Candles
- Burlap Table Runner
- Stenciled Coffee Tray
- Beach Bum Terrarium
Benefits of a Vertical Herb Garden:
As I said at the beginning of this post, this kind of garden is great when outdoor space is tight. It takes up zero floor space and offers ample room for plants. Plus, it doubles as wall art, adding natural color to the area.
My new herb garden hangs on the wall between my garage doors where it should get plenty of morning sun. Plus, since it’s so tall, I was able to fill it with 16 herb plants. (I realize that’s probably excessive, but I like instant impact.)
9 DIY Vertical Gardens For Better Herbs
You dream vividly of the culinary indulgence of fresh-cut herbs, but alas, you don’t quite have the real estate for a sprawling formal herb garden. Don’t give up on your daydream! With these nine clever vertical herb garden ideas, you’ll see it is possible to cultivate a functional and beautiful herb garden in a very limited space.
1. Hanging Shelves with Terra-Cotta Pots
This simple and striking DIY project, created by HomeMade Modern, is such a unique vertical display for an easy herb garden. Circular holes are drilled through inexpensive pine boards (with a 4-inch hole saw) to accommodate the pots, then the whole thing is strung up by rope and zip ties. Make one of your own vertical herb gardens by checking out the full DIY tutorial from HomeMade Modern.
2. Upcycled Metal Ammunition-Box Herb Garden
In this upcycled masterpiece from Ryan Benoit of The Horticult, old metal ammunition boxes are suspended from chains, then planted with herbs. For a similar look, try repurposing metal mailboxes or file boxes by drilling holes into their sides and using bolts to attach them to the chains.
3. Repurposed Spice Rack Herb Garden
Have you ever seen those inexpensive white wire spice racks that are meant to hang from the back of your pantry door? Well, garden writer Chris McLaughlin found one at a yard sale for three bucks and decided it needed to be a vertical herb planter: STAT. You can find out more about this and her other vertical gardening ideas in her book Vertical Vegetable Gardening (Alpha Books), as well as a DIY of this project on her blog Laughing Crow & Co.
4. Repurposed Hanging File-Organizer Garden
Sometimes, office supplies can make for some unexpectedly awesome planters. Case in point: this adorable vertical veggie garden in a hanging file organizer from Inspired by Charm. Lining the wire compartments with hanging basket liners makes them perfect for filing your herbs (see what we did there?! Sorry, not sorry). See more of this easy and stunning project on Inspired by Charm.
5. Wall-Mounted Pipe-and-Metal Hanging Planters
These industrial-vibe beauties are the vision of Erin Hatzis’ blog. The hanging metal trough planters were a store-bought find, but you can easily get a similar aesthetic using small sections of galvanized gutters strung up with natural sisal rope. Both of these materials can be found at your local home improvement center, where you’re going to be headed, anyway, for some galvanized pipe to hang your planters from. Get more of this DIY walkthrough here.
6. Hanging Shoe-Organizer Garden
This simple, inexpensive version of a vertical garden is from Farm and Foundry. Your shoe collection is about to get real messy, because you’re going to want to repurpose that over-the-door canvas pocket organizer into an incredible living wall planter. You get the look of a fancy high-end wall pocket planter for a fraction of the cost. See the entire DIY from Farm and Foundry.
7. Freestanding Hanging Gutter Herb Planter
What if you need to plant vertically but you don’t have a wall to do it on? Her Tool Belt has it all figured out with this adorable DIY hanging gutter herb planter. Brightly painted vinyl gutters make perfect planters when suspended by colorful rope from an easy-to-build wooden frame. Kick up the charm by adding a hand-painted Fresh Herb sign and plant markers.
8. Hanging Paint-Can Herb Garden
Sometimes a vertical garden is as simple and sweet as figuring out a clever way to hang some adorable pots. Check out this DIY Paint Can Herb Garden from Simple Stylings. Quart-size paint cans get new life with a geometric dash of aqua paint, then hung from super simple dock cleat hangers. Find everything you need for this brilliant project at your local home improvement store.
9. Leaning Trellis with Hanging Bucket Garden
This easy-to-build and versatile leaning vertical garden structure is such an eye-catcher. It is made simply from trellis wood pieces screwed together into a grid, with colorfully painted bucket pots then hung in each grid square from an S hook. If the whole thing is placed over a plantable spot, you could even take it one step further and grow vines up it. Get the full DIY from Better Homes & Gardens.
One of the biggest challenges that many of us face when decorating our outdoor living spaces is space. While you may want to plant an entire backyard full of lovely flowers and greenery, what if you just don’t have the room? I would love nothing more than to fill my entire yard with gardens but you have to have room for other things, right? That’s where vertical gardens come in. I found 20 easy to make DIY vertical gardens that will give you more space for planting without actually taking up the space in your yard.
Whether you have a small yard or you just have a lot going on outdoors and don’t really have the space for a full on garden, these DIY vertical gardens are perfect. They are all so easy to make and there are so many different styles and designs that you can choose. Whether you want to build a wooden vertical planter from scratch or just upcycle some old plastic bottles – yes, there is a DIY for that! – you can create the perfect garden space without taking up too much of your lawn to do it. And, you should really check out these 12 IKEA hacks for your lawn and garden.
Vertical gardens are great for growing flowers, succulents or even vegetables. If you don’t have the space for a traditional garden, you can create your own vertical garden for potatoes and many other fruits and veggies. You don’t have to have much space available for these, either. If you live in an apartment or otherwise just don’t have the room for large gardens in your yard, vertical gardening is an excellent alternative. You get the plants that you want, and the vertical shape adds lovely design throughout your yard. You should also take a look at these 10 DIY insecticides that will keep your plants naturally pest free.
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1. DIY Cedar Wall Planter
Turn that fence or the side of your house into the perfect space for planting with this easy to build DIY cedar wall planter. This one is super simple and doesn’t cost much at all to build. You can adjust the plans to make it larger or smaller if you need to. It is perfect for planting succulents, flowers or you could create a stunning little herb garden from it.
2. Upcycled Plastic Bottle Tower Garden
I love a project that lets me upcycle something that I would throw out and turn it into something new and amazing. This tower garden uses empty plastic bottles to help you create more growing space for flowers, herbs or veggies. It’s a really simple DIY vertical garden to build and this is a great way to upcycle empty plastic bottles.
3. DIY Cedar Ladder Planter
Build your own cedar ladder planter where you can house all sorts of smaller plants. This is great for standing up next to your fence or you could build a few of these and have them lining your backyard deck. You have loads of room for planting and they are perfect for succulents, flowers or herbs. Or, you could house smaller vegetables in these, as well.
4. Repurposed Chicken Wire Planter
Some chicken wire and a few old pallets are all you need to create these gorgeous cone shaped planters. The chicken wire helps to hold in the soil and they hang easily from an old pallet. These are great for giving you extra planting and growing space and they really do add some beautiful design aesthetics to your lawn and garden area.
5. Galvanized Bucket Hanging Garden
A few cheap galvanized buckets and some wire give you the makings of a wonderful vertical garden. This one is almost too easy. You just plant in the buckets and hang them up. You will want to build a base for holding your buckets in an organized manner, but overall this is one of the easiest DIY vertical gardens you could build and it gives you loads of planting room.
6. DIY Wooden Vertical Pyramid Tower
I love the look of this wooden pyramid tower. This thing will hold so many small plants – or you could widen the sections for larger plants. This is great for flowers, succulents, strawberries, seedlings or any number of other plantings and it is a really easy planting tower to build. This will definitely take your vertical gardening up a notch!
7. DIY Stair Step Vertical Garden
This DIY stair step vertical garden is really easy to build and it gives you loads of planting space. You could add as many or as few stairs as you want and then you just add the planters. Those rectangular planters at home improvement stores are perfect for this, or you could upcycle some old guttering. You could even do stairs on the backside to give yourself even more planting room.
8. Easy DIY Flower Pot Towers
With some wire and a few other supplies, you can DIY these amazing towers where your flowers will flourish. These flower pot towers are perfect for growing all sorts of flowers and they will help you to fill your outdoor living spaces with colorful blooms even if you don’t have much room outside for a traditional flower garden. These are so easy to make and won’t cost much at all. You will definitely want to add this to your list of DIY garden pots.
9. Adorable Hanging Gutter Planter And Stand
You can DIY this adorable hanging gutter planter and stand in just a couple of hours and if you happen to have some guttering and a few boards on hand, this one won’t cost you anything to make. It’s perfect for setting up an herb garden or you could plant succulents or small flowers in it. It stands up anywhere you have the space for it and gives you so much growing room!
10. Rustic DIY Wooden Vertical Planter
I love this vertical planter that resembles old wooden crates. You can build this one from scratch and it holds loads of plants. It has a nice rustic look to it too, so it is perfect for adding to your DIY farmhouse décor. You can put it near a fence, near your home or even in the middle of the yard if that’s where you want it.
11. Repurposed Mason Jar Vertical Wall Garden
I love any projects that repurpose mason jars and this vertical wall garden is one of my favorites. You use mason jars to plant your flowers, herbs or succulents and then hang them on a DIY vertical wall that you make from an old frame and some chicken wire. You may have the supplies on hand to build this one, so it won’t cost you anything and even if you don’t, it’s one of the cheapest and easiest DIY vertical gardens on the list. You can find so many wonderful mason jar repurposing projects for your home and garden!
12. DIY Mini Aquaponics Tower Garden
I really adore this mini aquaponics tower garden that combines an aquarium with a vertical garden to give you a very unique planter idea. This is great for outdoors or you could even use it in the house. Your plants grow in the tops of large plastic water bottles and you can use the bottom of one of them for the fish. This is a very economical system – the plants and fish help each other to survive!
13. Gorgeous DIY Painted Pallet Planter
This Moroccan style vertical planter will give you so much color and design in your yard. It is a really easy planter to build – in fact, you don’t have to build so much as you just have to design. If you don’t like the idea of painting – or maybe you aren’t really a painted, then you could also use ceramic tiles for this project. Pick up some cheap designed tiles and just affix them to your pallet to create the design that you want.
14. Easy DIY Potato Tower
Potatoes are actually among the easiest garden vegetables to grow. In fact, you can grow your potatoes in a vertical garden, which gives you much more space for growing and helps tremendously if you have very little gardening space available. A potato tower is a relatively easy project to DIY and you just won’t believe how many potatoes you can grow in an upright container.
15. DIY PVC Elbow Joint Vertical Garden
PVC pipe is really cheap and you can do so much with it – like build this DIY vertical garden using those PVC elbow joints. If you don’t have any of those plastic joints lying around the house, you can pick them up at your local home improvement store or check with a wholesale hardware store in your area. You use the pipes to grow your plants and they attach to single boards or you could build this with a pallet, as well.
16. DIY PVC Tube Planter
You can take a rather thick piece of PVC pipe and turn it into an amazing vertical planter. You just need one piece of pipe for each planter that you want to create and you can house several plants in one pipe. This is a really easy project and won’t take you longer than a few minutes to put together. It’s great for growing flowers and succulents.
17. Repurposed Trellis Vertical Garden
An old piece of trellis is all you need to create a lovely vertical garden. You can lean the trellis up against a fence or deck or build a stand to keep it upright all on its own. Once you have your trellis placed, you can just hang metal pails or buckets from it to house your plants. If you really want to have a lot of space, turn your fence into a vertical garden by adding trellis along the entire length of your fence for plant hanging. You can even build your own DIY trellis for this one.
18. Repurposed Kitchen Spice Rack Vertical Garden
Put that old kitchen spice rack to good use by turning it into a quick and easy vertical garden. You can use this garden to plant herbs or succulents or smaller flowers if you just want something quick and easy for design. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add some extra growing space to your home and garden. You can have the entire thing ready for planting in about 15 minutes.
19. DIY Spiral Vertical Garden
This spiral vertical garden is perfect for growing herbs or you could plant flowers or succulents in it if you prefer. It’s a pretty easy build. You make it from wire, like chicken wire and use stones to hold it together and give it a lovely look. It looks much more complicated than it is to build and is a beautiful addition to your outdoor living spaces.
20. Easy DIY Garden Obelisk
This pyramid shaped obelisk is great for growing everything from vegetables to flowers and herbs. It gives you loads of growing space and is really easy to build. You need a few boards – and you can use boards that you may have left over from other projects. You can easily build this one in a weekend – probably less than a day. Add a couple of them to really have some additional growing space.
Cedar Vertical Tiered Ladder Garden Planter
Here’s a way to garden even if you have minimal space – a vertical garden ladder planter! It’s perfect for tiny backyards or a patio or balcony – even if you live in a small apartment in the city.
Made of cedar fence pickets, this ladder planter will hold up to the elements but only costs about $20 to build. It’s a beginner project and you only need a few tools to tackle it.
My friend Jen built this for her mother-in-law. She’s a beginner builder- I’ve asked Jen to share her tips and challenges as she built this tiered ladder planter – here’s from Jen:
After the last project I couldn’t wait to get started on this one. Another simple build with great results! What I like about this is it could be used as a regular flower planter, an herb planter, or as I did with herbs and flowers to mix it up a little.
I got right to work and got all cuts done and layed out. Then I started attaching with the handy staple gun. Did I mention I love that thing! I’m pretty sure it’s my new best friend – quick and easy, that’s how I like it!
The compound miter saw is great for the angled cuts. I needed 10 of the end pieces at 15 degrees off square, not parallel. Instead of adjusting the miter from side to side I simply made my first end cut, then used it as a template to mark the rest of the boards as I cut. Then all I needed to do instead of adjusting the saw is flip the board each time I cut. It worked much better than how I invisioned it would in my head.
Once I had all the end pieces cut, I attached them to the sides with the staple gun.
After that I measured my opening and cut the bottom pieces as I went I shoved them in from the top, and there were my five boxes done. I shot a few staples for extra hold on the bottom pieces from the outside of each box.
Now for the frame. I was a little intimidated by the top cut, but my saw was already set to 15 degrees, so I just wacked the ends off parallel as directed in the cut list. Then I used a carpenters square to cut the back off the tops, perpendicular to the 15 degree top cut. It sounds complicated but it actually is easy. TIP: If you don’t have a carpenter’s square, just use a scrap of wood or even a hardcover book.
I didn’t have a circular saw, so decided to use the jig saw to cut this part. I haven’t really used a jig saw before, but all and all it went pretty well. I just took my time and was sure to stay on the outside edge of the line I had drawn. I won’t like, the first cut wasn’t perfect, but it worked.
After the first upright was cut, I used it to trace the line on the second board. Then, once again, used the jig saw to cut on the traced line. This time it went even better. Practice makes perfect!
Now came the time to attach the boxes to the frame. I started from the top and worked my way down. I marked my starting point on both uprights at the same time for consistency. Then I screwed the box to one leg from the inside of the box, then placed the other leg and did the same.
First box down!
Now I had a starting point for the rest of the boxes. So I cut a spacer at 6 inches (see photo below) to make the placing easier. Be sure to keep the spacer at an angle to follow the line of the first box attached. Once I had it placed I screwed the second box from the inside of the box to the frame, and so on and so forth with the rest of the boxes.
It made it easier to turn the frame on its side to place the screws. Clamps are your friend here if you don’t have an extra hand.
Now all I had to do was stand it up, and there was the finished product, a beautiful versatile vertical planter!
Be sure to drill holes in the bottom of each box to allow for drainage. I drilled after it was all attached, but you could do it after building the boxes before attaching them to the frame.
Now it was time to plant it! I showed my mother-in-law the planter and she loved it, so I decided it would look great in her back yard.
So off we went to get some flowers and herbs.
Turned out pretty well if you ask me!
It’s amazing what you can build with $20 bucks in lumber in a couple of hours!
I hope you have as much fun building this as I did!
Thanks Jen! Of course, plans follow – please share your finished planter with us if you build!!!
XO Ana + Family