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Running Out of Room? Go Vertical!

Maximize space by gardening up the walls

This display of pocket planters affixed to a brick wall contains bright red coleus to draw the eye, and trailing plants such as sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 9–11) and Mexican feather grass (Nasella tenuissima, Zones 7–11) to take full advantage of the space. Photo: Laurel Startzel

We live in a time when people are choosing to downsize their large homes and expansive yards into smaller, more manageable spaces. Whether due to aging, wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, or simply wanting less financial or household responsibility, more and more people find themselves having to adjust their gardening habits to smaller spaces. One trend that we’re strong supporters of is vertical gardening. Going vertical is a great way to utilize wall space when ground space may be at a minimum. Although there is a bit of a learning curve, we’ll explain some tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years that will help you create some amazing vertical gardens of your own.

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A lattice fence is an attractive option for privacy that also provides climbing plants and vines a place to grow. Photo: Kerry Ann Moore

There are a slew of options for vertical…

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