Vertical Planters


Spotted at the garden center. What do we think?  I'll show you one with plants and one without so you can contemplate the construction.  The bottom of each layer is open to the layer below for drainage–until you get to the bottom layer, where I believe you can either drill holes or not.




  1. You’d need to have a south facing wall to get in enough sun for many plants, making it ideal for smaller plants like many herbs, strawberries, annual flowers, etc… If not, perhaps sun lovers on top, shade lovers below?

  2. Huh.

    Would want to know what type of wood that is – could be cedar, which would resist rot longer, but looks a bit more like pine – and any ‘treatment’ its had. Otherwise it’s a nifty idea, would be really useful for those of us with limited space but unlimited garden dreams.

  3. Doesn’t matter what kind of wood it’s made of; it would rot out pretty quickly since you’ll have to water frequently to keep the shallow “beds” from drying out. Looks to me like more of the same garden goofiness that brought us the topsy-turvy tomato planters.

  4. I built something similar to that a few years ago. Great use of space, but it dries out way to fast in the heat of the summer.

  5. I’ve seen these work very well made out of wire, rather than wood. Can’t say I love the design.

    My mom screws a wire trellis to the wall and hangs pots and troughs off that, making a whole wall work as garden. Good for lettuce/leaves, herbs, scallions, strawberries…

  6. Not a fan. I am gardening in a very small space (a 40 sq.ft. balcony) but I wouldn’t use something like that. A few shelves for smaller terracotta pots and the rest just get bunched up together. Unless it is an epiphyte and is meant to grow vertically I think plants look silly growing like that.

  7. can someone please e-mail me. I want to purchase the sunflower showers for outside.thanks please under subject state sunflower shower. so I don’t delete it by accident. Thank you so much Lin

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