How To Make A Vertical Flower Garden

Spring is in full bloom and I have a tutorial to help you spruce up your outdoor space with a cute vertical flower garden!  This is fantastic if you want to add some floral accents without sacrificing space from bulky pots or flower boxes.  I have an awesome new back porch and adding these flowers is the first step in turning it into my oasis.  My porch isn’t very big, so this craft was born out of my need to save as much space as I could.  I spent a few days Googling vertical gardens but none of them were what I needed so I came up with this!

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Before you start, you need to know that this will take roughly an hour.  If you are painting your pots before hand I would paint them the day before you plan to do your project.  This is a great craft that your kids can help you with, and you can make it as tall as you want!

What you need to make a vertical flower garden:

  • Wooden pole/dowel – less than an inch across, not so thin it snaps from the weight of your pots.  I got mine at Lowe’s.
  • 4 clay pots.  They need to have a hole in the bottom that is bigger than your wooden pole.
  • At least 10 Zip ties – VERY important!  
  • Flowers.
  • Potting soil (I use Miracle Gro’s Organic Choice for all my planting).
  • Paint (Optional – this won’t be included in the tutorial).

diy vertical garden

Now that you have everything together it’s time to begin.  I did this by myself but it would have gone a lot smoother if I had help, so you might want to have a partner/kid/bff handy in case you need them to hold something steady for you.  For this tutorial I will be assuming you have a porch with a railing to secure your pots to, but if you don’t you can easily modify the steps and attach it to the side of your house or even bury a large part of the pole in the ground and build it up from there.  If you are planning on painting your pots go ahead and do that.  You can paint your pole and zip ties as well if you want them all to match.

First, measure and cut your pole to fit snugly under your deck railing.  You can put this between the slats if you don’t have an extra space in front of them, but I did mine in front.  I apologize if you have a hard time following from here on out, as much as I love writing tutorials I have a tendency to assume you know what I’m thinking and word things oddly.  If you are lost at this point here is a visual:

Attach two zip ties tightly to your pole at the bottom about an inch up.  They need to be as tight as you can make them so they don’t slip down because your pot will be resting on them.  Once they are in place bring your first pot down to just above them and tilt it so that the top lip of it touches your pole.  Swivel it around so that it is slightly pointing to the left.  Don’t worry about cutting your ties yet, we’ll do that at the end.  Try not to let the pot slip out of position before you start packing dirt in, it’s not as easy to move once everything else is in place.

how to dress up your deck vertical garden tutorial

Start packing your soil in the pot and add your first flower.  I like to pack it tight, but not too tight.  Position the plant so that it is even with the angle of the pot instead of pointing straight up.  If you point it straight up it will get int the way of your next pot layer.  Now repeat the same zip tie steps directly above the bottom pot.  The first tie will be to anchor the lip of your bottom pot so you want to push it firmly down on top of it.  The second one will be the anchor for your next pot.

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Add your second pot, making sure it rests on the highest zip tie and tilt it in the opposite direction as the first pot.  This one won’t be sturdy until you put your soil and flower in, so this is when you might need your helper to step in and steady it while you fill it up.

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After that, repeat the same steps for however many pots you have.  Make sure the flowers you chose are not going to get too large and overpower your vertical garden, but that they aren’t too small they look out of place.  I chose some rich orange gerber daisies because they are my favorite flower (and my wedding bouquet) along with a cute pink and yellow flower that I thought would match.

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After you have finished repeating those steps cut all of your zip ties so they don’t stick out and make sure your pole is secured and sturdy.  Mine fit in very snug, but if you want a little extra support you can put a dab of wood glue just in case.  Now you are done, go ahead and marvel at your creation!

gerber daisy garden

vertical garden tutorial

diy vertical garden

Wasn’t that simple?  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them below.  I’ll be sure to help you out however I can!  To care for your new vertical garden follow the instructions specific to your plants.  You should only need to water the bottom plants lightly as the holes in each pot rest directly above the soil for the pot below.  Genius, eh?

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow! That is an awesome display! I have been trying to think of something vertical to take up some unattractive visual space on my deck and that might be perfect, but, I have to ask… Do the zip ties really hold up the pots over time? It seems like quite the task for a piece of plastic.
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    • says

      Hi Laura, that’s a great question! Zip ties are pretty durable, I’m not sure the exact number but they are rated to hold a nice amount of weight. I have used zip ties on SO many things in and around my house over the years and I am confident that they will hold for a long time.

  2. says

    Wow. I’ve seen these before and assumed that they would be so much work to make. You make them seem so easy! I love it!

  3. says

    I am starting mine right now! I painted my pots last night! I’ll be sure to send your photos on facebook of my finished product! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  4. says

    How smart to take advantage of vertical space for a garden when you don’t have a lot of horizontal space?! I asbolutely love how this turned out and your tutorial was perfect. Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects party this past week.

  5. says

    Hi Jessica, I just found your site and I LOVE it!! This is SO pretty. My question is…. I purchased a big bag of MiracleGro Organic potting mix and I wanted to know do you use any other amendments for this particular soil? This is my first time using it being that the *moisture control* one stays wet too long and over the Winter some of my plants have suffered because of it, hence wanting to try this new soil. I would really appreciate any advice on this, thank you in advance. :)

  6. Aida F. says

    Hi Jessica, I just found your site and I LOVE it!! This is SO pretty. My question is…. I purchased a big bag of MiracleGro Organic potting mix and I wanted to know do you use it alone or do you use any other amendments for this particular soil? This is my first time using it being that the *moisture control* one stays wet too long and over the Winter some of my plants have suffered because of it, hence wanting to try this new soil. I would really appreciate any advice on this, thank you in advance. :)

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  1. [...] If your garden lacks a piece that would be comfortable for planting and make your plants look to advantage, let’s make this vertical garden. The supplies are a wooden pole, 4 clay pots, 10 zip ties, flowers, potting soil, and paint. Measure and cut your pole, attach two zip ties tightly to your pole at the bottom about an inch up. Bring your first pot down to just above the ties and tilt it so that the top lip of it touches your pole, swivel it around so that it is slightly pointing to the left.  Add soil and your flower and repeat the same steps for all the pots, secure your pole and enjoy your craft! To find out more details about this project, look here. [...]

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