Anna is a professional interior and production designer and artist.
If you are looking for a weekend project that is worthwhile and interesting, why not try your hand at a vertical garden? Not only will it change the look of your area, but it is also a great solution to wanting lots of plants but having a small space to work with.
Here are a few ideas that might suit your space and style.
1. Wall Tile Planters
All you need to do to put together this installation is prepare the mounting area underneath and then fasten these tiles to the mounting area. They are not only functional but double as a sculptural element on your wall. It is an automatic upgrade from your boring wall to a dynamic work of art.
Things to Note:
- Be sure to measure your space correctly. Since these tiles come pre-fabricated, some can be cut to size, while others can't. It depends on the material it is made of.
- If you do not want to cut the tile or if it exceeds your wall, just add either a tall, decorative element or a tall, but thin, tree or plant.
2. Wall of Bottles
The wall of bottles installation is a fun and exciting display. Any repetitive pattern is an eye-catcher, most especially those that are not flat. By using bottles, these designs create a three-dimensional look while maintaining a clean and sleek style.
To create this kind of wall, you would need:
- marine plywood
- water seal
- wood screws
- 2" x 2" lumber
Things to Note:
- You need to determine how much wall you want to cover, so you can also count how many bottles you need to mimic this look.
- Make sure that the back support or the frame is mounted safely.
- Apply a layer of water seal to the surface of the plywood. I suggest Thompson's WaterSeal, which you can get this at any home improvement store. This product won't completely seal the pores of the plywood, but it will help protect the wood and prevent water from penetrating the surface. I am suggesting this process in case you place this display outdoors.
- This look will be impactful if all the 2" x 2" lumber is correctly spaced out and installed in a perfectly straight line. Any wobbles or measurements that are even a few centimeters off will be evident right away. So be careful when plotting out where the lumber/bottle supports will be screwed on.
- Here are some examples of plants that can grow inside bottles: croton, polka-dot plant, Southern maidenhair fern, prayer plant, club moss, and ti plant.
3. Metal Potted Plant Holder
It might require a bit more work to put together this metal potted plant holder if you are building one from scratch—and it might even require some welding as well. But if done correctly, this could be a long-lasting solution to housing your potted plants.
It has a clean and minimalist look to it too. Some of these metal potted plant holders can even be standalone features, depending on their height and where they will be placed. (Note: It can also be screwed at its base.)
Since this is a see-through structure, make sure the wall behind it is visually appealing.
4. Pipe Wall Planter
To recreate this look without having to build a concrete wall, you can make this wall with plywood, elbow pipe, and paint. It would entail a bit of painting faux moss or algae to give it a weathered look.
Things to Note:
- Just like the wall of bottles, you need to measure the area where you will be mounting this installation. And instead of screwing on 2" x 2" lumber, you will be installing elbow pipe.
- After this, you will need to paint the wall white and simulate the look of moss or algae. The green paint needs to be applied on the surface of the pipes, most especially around the base.
- For an added effect, you can drip some paint coming from the base of the elbow pipe running down,
- With a bit of imagination, you can create a wall that not only looks weathered, but it will look like you have been growing these plants for a while now.
5. Driftwood Wall
This wall installation is perfect for modest indoor spaces, and I suggest growing succulents, cacti, or other indoor plants.
Things to Note:
- Once you obtain a few pieces of driftwood, arrange them like shelves and install them with a lot of supports.
- Make sure the driftwood come in different lengths to give the whole installation a more natural and organic style.
- Add a few accessories to complete the look.
6. The Classic Trellis Look
This might be the most common kind of wall accent and planter. This kind of trellis can be bought ready-made. All you need to do is install it to your wall and purchase plastic hanging pots.
What's nice about these pots is you can arrange them in different patterns, and they're easy to remove, in case you need to replant them.
7. Shabby Chic
For a more cottage look, paint some terracotta pots the same color. Then mount some onto the wall and create a wooden frame to enclose it.
This very shabby chic look is the kind of style that most everyone would appreciate.
8. Pallet Wall
You can make use of an old wood pallet for this project. It is simple and you can easily control the exact height you want to build.
This is a perfect shelving unit for succulents, herbs, or small potted plants. What's also nice is that it already looks weathered, giving it that rustic look.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.