Many people will add to the overall size, dimension, and depth of their landscaping with a vertical garden. This type of gardening can be done by itself or in conjunction with your overall landscaping. The great thing about vertical gardens is that they can be created in a wide variety of ways, and they are only limited by your imagination. Here is a simple list of the most basic ways to create a vertical garden.
Vertical plants can come in all different varieties. Some of the best are roses, vines, and even vegetables. These can be grown either in the ground or in container pots. Growing vertical gardens in containers will give you a little more freedom in where you place the pots. Container gardening has become quite popular, so the containers will already have trellises or uprights for the plants to grow.
A garden that has an arbor for a centerpiece is dazzling and adds dramatic affect to the entire garden. Adding plants that will grow up the arbor will multiply the impact ten fold. Roses are a great addition to any arbor and will grow rapidly. They can be started next to it and given some help to grow upwards with cloth ties. Once it is established, this vertical garden will grow continuously around the arbor.
Vertical Vegetable Gardens
Instead of having to continually bend down to tend to vegetables, having them grow upwards is another alternative. These types of vertical gardens can be as complex as you want them to be, but a basic garden consists of a container, vegetable, and stake for growing. Tomatoes are the most popular type of vegetable, but beans, peas, and other small vegetables make for great vertical plants.
Dramatic Wall Coverings
Some gardeners like to go for a dramatic effect in their gardens and will have creeping flowering vines take over an entire wall. This can be very beautiful and will add a completely different look to your garden and landscaping. A wall covering type vertical garden can be done on a wooden fence, the side of a home, or just a stand alone wall built in your garden.
Tiered Container Garden
Another dramatic vertical garden is a rather extreme form of container gardening. You can build wooden containers on the ground and gradually tier them in as they climb higher. Much like a pyramid in shape, this type of vertical garden adds a great sense of character and architectural design into the garden. The plants can either grow upwards towards the top, or downwards. The plants can also be offset with various rocks, water features, and smaller ground covering type flowers.
Hanging Vertical Garden
Another great, and very simple, way to create a vertical garden is by hanging pots from ceilings, or railings. Petunias and geraniums are a great type of plant for this vertical garden. Creating several together in a cluster is a great decorative idea for any room that is sunny or hanging from a deck or patio. These plants can also be moved easily during colder weather or into a different room.