Whether growing flowers, vegetables or herbs, gardening can be a satisfying hobby enjoyed by many homeowners. Some yards, however, either don’t have adequate space for a desired garden or have limited areas of direct sunlight. In these cases, or to create additional gardening space, a vertical garden can solve the problem.
As the name implies, plants climb up structures in a vertical direction rather than in rows or other formations along the ground. Although the choice of plants that will thrive vertically aren’t as varied as traditional gardens, vertical gardens have their own advantages such as providing extra space for gardening.
Arbors, trellises and pergolas are excellent foundations for vertical gardens and add beauty and structure to the landscape. Morning glory, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses are some of the climbing flower options for vertical flower gardening because their growth can be easily guided and secured on vertical structures.
Trellises can be used to vertically grow some types of vegetables as well. Green beans, peas, cucumbers and squash can be trained to climb a trellis. Jill MacKenzie at the University of Minnesota Extension explains, “Train the vines as they lengthen by weaving the growing tips gently between the openings in the mesh every few days.” There are many types and styles of trellises available for sale and also many options for creative DIY projects.
An ancient type of vertical gardening is the art of espalier. This involves the pruning and training of a fruit-bearing or ornamental tree to grow as a