How To: Create A Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens are wonderful for people who don't have a lot of horizontal space or for those who want to add a splash of colour to their garden. Below we will demonstrate how to create a vertical garden. Vertical gardens are wonderful for people who don't have a lot of horizontal space or for those who want to add a splash of colour to their garden. Below we will demonstrate how to create a vertical garden.

 What you will need:

  • Hanging pots.
  • Compost
  • Plants
  • Sandpaper 
  • Trellis
  • Woodcare paint
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Suitable screws
  • Spirit level
  • Cotton dust sheet (if required)
  • Dust mask
  • Pressure treated timber battons

 

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  • 1 Lightly sand trellis with sand paper to remove any flaking wood or splinters.Be sure to make a dust mask and then give it a quick wipe with white spirits to remove any dirt or grease.
  • 2 Apply the first coat of paint in light strokes with your paint brush until all the areas of the trellis is covered with paint. Note: Be sure to place trellis on a suitable dust sheet to protect the surface underneath.
  • 3 Leave the first coat of paint to dry as long as the instructions on the tin state and then lightly sand with fine sandpaper.
  • 4 Apply the second coat of paint once the first coat is completely dry. If a third coat is required then allow to dry and lightly sand as previously.
  • 5 Apply the second coat of paint once the first coat is completely dry. If a third coat is required then allow to dry and lightly sand as previously.
  • 6 Add flowers or herbs into the pots to give that splash of colour.
  • 7 Align the trellis to the fence making sure it is level using a spirit level. Then using a pencil mark on the fence where the edge of your trellis is. This is where you will be positioning your battens. One batten either side will be suitable but on a wider trellis a third batten in the centre may also be required for additional support.
  • 8 Attach the battens to the fence using a drill and woodscrews. The battens should be no longer than the trellis and should line up just inside the pencil markings you made. Note: If not using pressure treated timber then ensure to paint your battens similarly as per the trellis.
  • 9 Drill the trellis to the battens using a drill and screws to ensure the trellis is secure.
  • 10 Now add to colour to your garden by hanging the pots to your trellis.
  • 11 The finished result! You now have a vertical garden and a wall of colour for you to enjoy. Click here to view PDF