How to Build a Living Wall Vertical Garden
Use pressure-treated lumber and galvanized planter boxes to erect a vertical garden filled with colorful greenery
Wall-mount planters are ever more popular in cities, where industrious gardeners must make use of every inch of outdoor space. But their appeal stretches well beyond the urban jungle. A striking floral installation can brighten a big blank wall, take advantage of sunlight that never reaches the ground, and, best of all, keep you off your knees. Our original design is a simple grid with lattice sections for climbing vines and horizontal rails that function as French cleats, making it easy to change the position of planter boxes or bring them indoors for winter—great for, say, tending herbs. Follow along as senior technical editor Mark Powers walks you through the steps to becoming a vertical gardener.
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Overview for How to Build a Living Wall Vertical Garden
Day 1: Build the frame and shelves (Steps 2–8).
Day 2: Hang and plant the garden (Steps 9–13).
1x6 pressure-treated-pine rails, four at 12 feet ripped in half on a 45-degree angle
1x4 pressure-treated-pine uprights, five at 8 feet with beveled ends
1x2 pressure-treated-pine nailing blocks, cut to fit (after using the 1x2 as your story stick)
2x4 lumber braces, cut to fit
½-inch lattice panels, cut to fit