Vertical gardens are a wonderful way to grow and maintain a garden when you have limited space available. The term "vertical garden" means plants grow up, instead of out. Vertical gardens are maintained with the use of trellises and fences, creating what are also often referred to as "living walls." There are a few varying definitions of vertical gardens, some state that the garden uses no soil, for example vines that grow up the side of a building, however most gardeners employ a less drastic view of vertical gardens that include some soil but a limited ground space. The following are just a few of the advantages of vertical gardens.
Maximizing the use of limited space
Many urban dwellers do not have a yard available for vegetables and flower gardens. Often, they must use a community rooftop or terrace gardens that span no more than a few feet in either direction. With such a limited amount of horizontal space available to them, many urbanites choose to grow vertical gardens. By growing tall narrow climbing plants, such as squash and pole beans, and tomato plants, their space is maximized to its fullest use. Vertical gardens also allow city gardeners to promote plant diversity, even in the smallest of areas.
Bringing gardening to the city for many people, not just a few
The city is known for its close quarters and lack of private outdoor space. Many city dwellers are unable to participate in gardening. But with vertical gardens, the limited space available can be shared by more people, not just a few, allowing everyone to get in touch with their inner gardener.
Keeping your garden contained
For some gardeners, just the idea of caring for many different types of plants over a large area in their yard can be tiring. With vertical gardens, you can reign in your plants into a smaller, easier to care for area, while still keeping plant diversity. Another advantage of establishing a vertical garden is it allows you to experiment growing different types of plants without the need to dig up a larger portion of your yard or garden.
Establishing a vertical garden on or around an unsightly feature in your outdoor area can offer not only the benefits of growing your plants but it can also act as a cover to hide anything you'd rather not see. This can be done by establishing a vertical garden on features such as a gardening shed or around utility boxes.
In the city, vertical gardens can also hold a dual purpose by not only providing enjoyment to the gardener but also by insulating buildings and capturing rainwater and consequently reducing runoff.
Vertical gardens are a wonderful solution to limited space and can provide wonderful opportunities to cultivate many different plants for both urban and suburban gardeners alike.