Urban Vertical Garden

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By Chris Lambton

You don’t need a large yard to cultivate a beautiful garden. Vertical gardens are space saving and can be used to grow a variety of plants and flowers.


A few of tips to keep in mind as you are planning for your vertical garden: 

  • The right potting soil is important.  Plants that are planted above ground will dry out quicker and potting soil is specially made to retain moisture. 
  • Consider the light conditions of the location of the vertical garden and purchase plants that will grow best in your space.
  • When selecting your plants, keep this landscaper planting tip in mind: use a filler, a thriller and a spiller. The filler plants are green and add lushness to the vertical garden, the thriller adds eye-popping color and the spiller adds dimension to the area.

Materials Needed

  • 45 Cement Blocks
  • Potting Soil
  • Plants and flower of your choice
  • Trowel

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Stack Wall

Start by stacking the cement blocks on the ground. You can offset the second level so the seams don’t line up. As you stack the blocks, you can jut some out that will be planted once the wall is done. The wall is stacked to about three feet high with multiple spots to plant.

Create Mesh Baskets

Cut and fold some wire mesh to create little baskets for the open areas in the cement blocks. These will help hold the soil in the cement blocks that are jutting out.

Add Potting Soil

Fill your spaces with potting soil using the Big Grip Trowel. This hand tool has an extra-large scoop to help you fill your blocks quickly. Plus the Softgrip handle provides extra comfort.

Add Plantings

Next, add your fillers, thrillers and spillers!  Don’t forget to water right away to set your plants!

Enjoy Your Creation

A vertical garden is a great way to utilize a small space bringing life and color to an area. It can also create privacy in an area all the while bringing nature to a lifeless space.

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