How to Plant a Vertical Garden

Algreen Greenwall Vertical Garden.

Want to get in on the vertical gardening trend but not sure where to start? Here’s what you need to know.

Location, Location, Location

Perhaps the most important consideration when planting your vertical garden is deciding where you are going to place it. You can hang a vertical garden indoors or outdoors (just make sure you plant it with houseplants if you’re keeping it inside), on a wall, fence, balcony, or porch. 

Think about the light requirements of the plants you wish to grow in your vertical garden. Do they need full sun? Partial shade? Full shade? Place your vertical garden accordingly.


Choose Plants That Will Thrive

When planting a vertical garden, it is important to pick plants that can grow and thrive in that environment. Go for plants that have small but strong root structures and/or climbing plants. A vertical garden is just as much a visual statement as it is a nifty way to grow your favourite plants, so think about the aesthetics of what you choose to plant as well. For example, succulents have a sculptural, minimalist quality, while vining plants add more of a whimsical feel. 

The Best Plants for Vertical Gardens

The following plants will thrive in a vertical garden wall planter. Plant the entire planter with just one type of plant for a uniform look, pick a theme such as “herb garden” or “flowering plants”, or mix things up with an eclectic mix of plant varieties.

  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Strawberries
  • Succulents
  • Ferns
  • Pothos
  • Ivy
  • Nasturtium
  • Hosta

Use the Right Soil

Make sure that you use the right soil for your vertical garden. Choose a high quality potting soil that is rich in nutrients. Depending on what you are planting, you may want to use a soil blend made specifically for a particular type of plant, such as succulents, tropical plants, or flowers. Always use potting soil instead of simply using garden dirt from outside. This is because soil from outside can contain contaminants, aphids, mold, or diseases from other plants that can harm whatever you’re planting.

Ready to plant your own vertical garden? Check out our Signature Series Vertical Living Wall and our Gardenview Trellis. Want to get into container gardening but not into the whole vertical thing? You’ll love our wide selection of  planters.