How to Build an Outdoor Living Wall

Build a beautifully refreshing plant wall to add greenery and privacy to your outdoor space. This outdoor living wall will take your garden to the next level, sprucing up any entertainment space. Just imagine the photo ops!

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July 19, 2021

Ugly fence? Need more privacy? If you have some outdoor aesthetic needs, we have a solution for you: Living Walls. They’re beautiful, practical and functional.

Aesthetically pleasing plant wall perfect for any backyard fence cover-up.

Plant Wall With Two Chairs

Aesthetically pleasing plant wall perfect for any backyard fence cover-up.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Materials + Tools

  • (2) 4x4 pressure-treated posts
  • concrete mix
  • 1x4 pressure-treated boards (amount depends on how many rows you’ll be installing)
  • galvanized deck screws
  • measuring tape

Install Posts

Determine the size of your garden wall. Ours is made from two pre-existing posts that are in the yard to hold up string lights. The distance between each post is about 6 feet. This garden wall could also be installed between two sturdy fence posts, although you may want to use 2x4s instead of 1x4s for the horizontal boards, so you’ll have a little more room between the fence and the flowerpots. If you are going to install new posts, make sure to dig deep enough to reach the frost line (the depth at which the ground freezes). Add enough concrete to hold the posts in place and use scrap wood to brace it until the concrete sets, which is usually about 24 hours. The height of the posts is up to you, but you may want to check with local building codes or your neighborhood association to make sure there are no regulations.

Determine Spacing


Use a tape measure to assess the height and width of the living-wall cups. Determine how you should space the boards vertically and the distance between the screws needed to mount the cups onto the boards. You may want to lay out the cups on the boards and use a pencil to mark the screw holes.

Measuring tape held against plant cups.

Measuring Plant Cups for Outdoor Wall

Use a tape measure to assess the height and width of the living-wall cups. Determine how you should space the boards vertically and the distance between the screws needed to mount the cups onto the boards. You may want to lay out the cups on the boards and use a pencil to mark the screw holes.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Mount Boards and Screws


Using the measurements, ensure boards are evenly spaced. Mount the remaining boards to the posts to create the additional rows where you’ll attach the planting cups. Then start each of the screws but don’t insert them all the way into the wood. Repeat down the length of each board.


Attach Cups


Hang the cups on the screws. Double-check the placement of all the cups, adjust as necessary. When you’re satisfied with the placement, tighten the screws.

Person drilling screw through plant cup.

Attaching Cups to Mount Boards

Hang the cups on the screws. Double check the placement of all the cups, adjust as necessary. When you’re satisfied with the placement, tighten the screws.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Design Your Wall


This wall will be a living work of art. Place and stagger the gardening cups in a way that appeals to your design sensibility, knowing that they will burst forth with greenery and make your neighbors jealous.

Fence covered in mounted plant cups.

Plant Cups Covering Fence

This wall will be a living work of art. Place and stagger the gardening cups in a way that appeals to you design sensibility, knowing that they will burst forth with greenery and make your neighbors jealous.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Dirt


Throw on some fashion-forward gardening gloves and fill the cups with potting soil. Who says you can’t be cute while you get dirty?

Shoveling soil into each mounted plant cup.

Filling Plant Cups With Soil

Throw on some fashion-forward gardening gloves and fill the cups with potting soil. Who says you can’t be cute while you get dirty?

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Plant Away


Embed the plants in the gardening cups and get excited for your wall of foliage!

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Water Your Wall


Now that you’ve engineered your living wall, remember to water it as needed. This step is not only essential but also brag-worthy because you have a green model that utilizes a water reservoir that aids in watering. If your planters come with a drip line, install it on the top row to make watering easier and sustainable (the water drips down one cup to another and shares the love).

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

$95.99

Each pocket provides adequate room for your plants without wasting any precious space in a small apartment or a limited outdoor area. Grow a variety of herbs, perennials, succulents, houseplants or vegetables in just a single area. Self watering planters provide enough water for days.

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