Vertical Gardening

Grow Up!

Vertical gardens are one of the hottest new garden trends and yet, it’s one of the oldest (have you ever grown a vine on a fence or trellis?). A vertical garden is a wonderful addition to most landscapes.

Vertical garden elements can draw attention to an area or disguise an unattractive view. In a vertical garden, use structures or columnar trees to create vertical gardening rooms or define hidden spaces ready for discovery. Trellises, attached to the ground or in large containers, allow you to grow vines, flowers, and vegetables vertically.

Chores like weeding, watering and fertilizing, are reduced considerably as vertical gardens use much less space than traditional gardens.

Plants to consider when creating vertical gardens include:

Perennial Choices: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Roses, Trumpet vine, Dutchman’s pipe, Bittersweet, Silverlace and Hydrangea

Annual Choices: Black-eyed Susan, Morning Glory, Nasturtium and Mandevilla

Shade Choices: Kiwi, Chocolate vine (Akebia), Dutchman’s pipe and climbing hydrangea

Edible Choices: Kiwi, grapes, hops, and edible flowers such as vining nasturtiums, and vegetables such as peas, squash, tomatoes, and pole beans.

 

Get your Support

Fences, arbors, trellises, obelisks, and other types of structures make it easy to grow plants in vertical gardens. If you have an existing structure such as a shed or garage, add a trellis in front of one of the walls so vertical garden plants have a structure to support their stems..

 

Climbing plants are extremely versatile and particularly valuable in confined areas where they enable gardeners to make the best use of all available space.

 

Get creative with climbing plants and add heights to your summer!