Vertical gardening is becoming widely popular in suburban neighborhoods urban apartments, and even inside households as a simple way to expand your green space. When we think of traditional gardening, we typically envision plant beds along the borders of a yard, or container gardens that line a front porch. However, vertical gardening allows you to expand your space even more by adding plants along your exterior walls, fencing, and other vertical spaces within and outside the home.
Your fence is the ideal place to begin a vertical gardening project. It is a sturdy structure that can hold containers and support climbing vines. However, because it isn’t directly attached to your house, adding vertical gardening structures to your fence won’t risk the structural integrity of the home. If you’re looking for easy ways to begin vertical gardening on your fenceline, try these ideas:
Plant climbing vines
Vines are a great addition to your fenceline, especially if you have an ornamental fence to which you can’t nail containers or other supporting structures. There are many vines you can grow that will either produce vegetables or fragrant flowers in the spring, including:
- Star jasmine
- Trumpet vines
- Scarlet runner beans
- Pole beans
- Sugar snap peas.
- Black-eyed Susan vines
Use arches around your fence gate
Climbing vines will grow just about anywhere you put them and make your backyard even more elegant in the springtime. If you have an open gate or ornamental arched gate in your fence, consider adding vines to the top to create a natural canopy for your entrance.
Hang planter boxes
Wooden fences are great places to hang vertical containers because you can easily nail your container boxes to them for ease of use. Stack your containers or place them symmetrically just below eye level to enhance your green space and make your plants easy to reach.
Research before you plant
When growing vertically, you want to make sure that you plan your structures around the average height of the plants you want to grow. You don’t want some plants running out of space, or shorter plants becoming crowded by thick vines if they’re close together. Sketch out a plan of your vertical garden space before planting to ensure it will not only be a healthy environment for cultivars, but an aesthetically pleasing one for you.
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