Creating a vertical garden will add a unique, attractive element to landscaping efforts. Vertical gardens add wall insulation to a property and allow a person to grow more flowers. These gardens are not difficult to create and will add visual appeal to any area.
Location is vitally important. The garden should be getting the right amount of light for the type of flowers that are being planted.
Vertical gardens can be grown on fences, arbors or walls. All of these surfaces should be solidly built. If not, reinforce the structure before planting. The garden may get heavy and the support will eventually be needed.
It will be necessary to know what will grow well in the area where the garden will be created. A local greenhouse worker can help with this, as can the local university extension office. Choose flowers that are attractive and will be easy to care for. Vine type flowers that will stay close to the wall are the best choice for this type of garden. Be sure to acquire some plants that will grow closer to the ground for added attractiveness and purchase a variety of plant types for the most visual appeal.
Stay away from plants that will be too heavy for the provided structure.
The Possibility of Using a Kit
There are vertical garden kits available. The kits will contain modular forms and instruction for ease in creation. However, it is perfectly possible to create a vertical garden without a kit and forms. If a wall is to be used, creating a narrow garden box will be helpful.
Work the soil near the arbor or the fence, digging down at least 12 to 15 inches and adding rocks to the bottom for drainage purposes. Be sure to work organic compost into the dirt for proper soil quality.
For garden boxes, add smaller rocks for drainage as described. Organic compost is ideal for creating a healthy soil base.
Taking Care of the Garden
It is important to be sure that the flowers are getting the right amount of water. The kits will come with built-in watering systems. The use of watering tubes or a homemade watering system will work well when no kit is being utilized.
Put a waterproof lining between the wall and the garden box. This will insure that the wall does not get overly wet. This will prevent walls and brickwork from gathering damp, mold and mildew.
A vertical garden can also be added to horizontal gardens. Simply use spiraled metal poles in the garden for a flower to grow up through.
It is possible to use other mediums for vertical gardens as well. A stand-alone gate or a wooden headboard would work well. Lamp posts could also benefit from the addition of a vining flower. It is also possible to train these types of flowers to grow up tree trunks.
Growing flowers in a vertical garden is an easy project that can be performed by anyone. It takes no special skills and can be accomplished in a minimal amount of time.