As regular readers know, “playing in the dirt,” i.e. gardening, is one of our passions. However, not everyone has a large space outdoors to grow flowers and vegetables.
Fortunately, there is a new generation of designers focusing on “micro-gardening” for the space-challenged. These designers know that as cities expand, balconies and roof gardens will become individualized “green spaces.”
Instead of flower and vegetable gardens spreading out in the traditional way, vertical gardening will become more popular.
Although some of their designs are still only available in Europe, we thought we’d first show options on the market here in the U.S. and then give you a peek at what’s overseas.
U.S. Vertical Gardening Options
First up is the Urbio Vertical Gardening System, which can be used inside or outdoors and is modern, minimalist, and affordable.
The system relies on wall plates, which you can customize to suit your needs and style.
Urbio vessels are detachable (they use magnets to attach to wall plates you screw into a wall).
The vessels don’t have drainage holes, so you have to be careful what you plant, and possibly water less often. While we like this concept, we recommend you check out the reviews at Amazon.com and see if you think it’s a good choice for you.
In addition to holding plants, the Urbio vessels can organize tools, toys, and whatever else you desire.
Next up? The Gronomics System, a vertical vegetable garden with a footprint of only 2 square feet, making it perfect for balconies, decks and other small outdoor spaces.
The main difference, of course, is that the Gronomics System takes up even less space.
There are some people who take things into their own hands and are what I call “DIY Masters.”
Suzanne Forsling, formerly from Iowa and now from Juneau, Alaska, is one of those.
Frustrated that she couldn’t grow vegetables the traditional way– in the ground– due to weather conditions and wild animals, she came up with a unique solution, a gutter garden, and attached it to the sunny side of her house.
These gutter gardens could easily work on a patio or other small space.
Of course planters that attach to walls have been around a long time, but why not go all out?
Here’s a picture of a PlantScape Terra Vertical Garden, which creates a sophisticated “Green Wall.”
Like the Urbio system, there are modular panels with separate potting cells suitable for any outdoor space. Each package has two panels that measure 22.5″ by 20.5″ each and an internal drip irrigation system.
If you prefer the look of stone, PlantScape also makes a Stone Vertical Garden with the similar specifications.
Another option? These felt wall hangers, made from recycled PET felt. They’re tough and provide a safe growing medium, where roots grow into the felt, so the soil and felt organically grow onto ‘your wall’. These are especially good to cover unsightly areas, thereby maximizing the feeling of green space.
If you want something a bit smaller, why not grow your own herbs? Try this, a simple and modern herb garden that can work inside or outdoors.
Finally, there are these pots on posts sold by My Garden Post. Instead of spreading out, they extend upward vertically to add pizazz to small spaces.
European Vertical Gardening Finds
Here are some products not available in the United States yet, but we think they’re interesting and want to share. This stackable garden wall hails from the United Kingdom.
Flora is a German company with a fabulous collection of interesting garden products. One of our favorites is a beautiful line of trellis systems that you can organize any way you like. I am particularly smitten with the Elevation planter, designed by French designer, Arik Levy, which incorporates a trellis into a pot.
Finally, we like these “off the wall pots,” which can be used inside or out. Available in the UK from Thelermont Upton, they come in white, orange, and black.
Two More Vertical Gardens
I can’t resist sharing two more vertical gardening photos, even though the gardens aren’t in small or urban settings. The first is in a park, where the vertical gardens really function as garden art.
The second is an example of vertical gardening of strawberries in Ventura, California.
How have you incorporated vertical gardening into your lifestyle? Let us know by posting a picture to our Facebook page.