No Room? Vertical Gardening & Other Space Saving Techniques


If you’re tight on space but want some green in your life, why not grow up? There are so many ways to grow a garden, and the more you try, the more you’ll learn. Vertical gardening and other techniques can be adapted for indoor gardens, container gardens, or conventional gardens to give you some extra growing room.

garden pots on wall

Trellises and Arbors

Vines are eager to climb if you give them support. A trellis, arbor, or pergola are all good options to add growing space to your garden. Many fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamentals can be trained up a trellis and provide food, shade, and beauty.

Wall Gardens

South-facing garden walls or building walls can provide space for growing vertically. Vines will grow up the side of these structures, but you can also add some shelves or containers for non-vining plants. Wall gardens can be especially helpful if your plants need extra warmth, as the wall retains heat and can reflect light. One popular variation of the wall garden is the pallet garden, where a pallet (or other structure) provides a frame where you can plant containers or small pockets with herbs, green leafies, or flowers.

Tiered Gardens

A large terraced space might be your ideal garden, but you can still apply the same concept to a smaller footprint. There are plenty of premade tiered garden planters on the market, but you can also make your own with some planning. Consider drainage carefully if you’re creating a tiered garden. DIY tiered gardens from ladders or repurposed stairs are popular and attractive.  

Window Boxes

If you’ve got windows that can accommodate window boxes, add them. It’s so easy to open your window and care for your herbs or flowers from inside. Deck planters also fall in this category. The rail on your deck is a perfect ledge to add some green.

Herb Spirals

Take a cue from permaculture design! Herb spirals are small raised beds that can be tucked into a small space to provide fresh herbs in the garden. The unique shape of the spiral allows gardeners to plant sun-loving and shade-loving herbs in the same bed. 

cucumber on trellis
tomatoes on trellis

Elevated Gardens

No bending, stooping, or kneeling required! A raised garden bed has many benefits, especially the chance to grow in spaces that might otherwise be challenging. These beds are easier to tend and allow people with mobility issues more opportunities to be active.

Rooftop Gardens

Not everyone has access to the type of rooftop that can support a garden, but if you do, why not take advantage of it? Rooftop gardens often have excellent sun exposure, are free of ground-dwelling pests like deer and rabbits, and can fill up an otherwise empty space with beautiful, beneficial plants! 

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