Create This Vertical Garden (It's Really Easy!)

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Create a lush, tropical-inspired feel on your porch or patio with a living plant wall. Not only does it add a focal point of gorgeous greenery, it also adds privacy and shade to small and large outdoor spaces alike. Even if you're a gardening newbie, vertical gardens are easy to create and even easier to maintain, since all the plants are conveniently grouped together into one place for watering. Whether you choose to grow herbs, flowers, succulents, or even vegetables, you're sure to improve the view from where you lounge.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse
Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Things You'll Need

Step 1: Assemble the Planter

Assemble your planter box per the instructions included in the packaging.

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Step 2: Attach the Trellis

Set the trellis inside the planter box, centered against the back, and use a power drill to attach it to the planter box with wood screws. Our trellis conveniently came with 1 1/4-inch wood screws and already had the pilot holes pre-drilled.

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Step 3: Sand the Planter

Sand the planter box and trellis with a fine-grit sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain. We used an oscillating multi-tool to speed up the sanding process. Wipe away any sanding dust.

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Step 4: Prime the Planter

Since the planter box and trellis are raw wood, it's best to prime them with a shellac-based primer to prevent any tannins in the wood from bleeding through the paint.

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Step 5: Paint the Planter

Once the primer is dry, paint the planter box and trellis with an exterior paint. We opted for a deep olive green color with gray undertones in a matte finish. Two coats was sufficient, and we allowed an hour of drying time between coats. You don't have to paint the inside of the planter box, since it'll be covered with soil and plants.

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Step 6: Plant Your Garden

After the paint has dried, move your planter box to the desired location on your porch, patio, or outdoor space, since it'll be too heavy to move once you fill it with plants and soil. Be sure to choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight (depending on the types of plants you choose).

Fill the planter box two-thirds full with potting soil. Play around with the arrangement of your plants before you take them out of their pots, and then plant them once you're happy with the design. We used these gold gardening tools for planting.

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The basic principle is you want a mix of thrillers, fillers, and spillers. We used agave, Everest grass, and foxtail fern as the thrillers, succulents and diamond frost as fillers, and asparagus fern and nettle as spillers. But you could also use herbs or vegetables if you'd prefer to grow an edible garden.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse
Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Lastly, plant a variety of plant shapes and textures in the hanging planter pots, and attach them to the trellis with the hooks.

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You're all set to enjoy your new living plant wall! Just be sure to water it routinely to keep your plants healthy and happy.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse
Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse
Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse
Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Get the Look

Topeakmart Solid Wood Raised Garden Bed, $163.99

Gronomics Folding Trellis Kit, $50.88

Belham Living Botanic Gold-Plated Garden Tools, Set of 4, $42.99

Belham Living Bally Gold Watering Can, $32.99

Decmode Farmhouse 11 X 24 Inch Silver Metal Tub Wall Planter, $34.95

Delrey Plants Live Aloe Vera Succulent, $13.80

Delray Plants Live 2 to 3 Feet Tall Snake Plan, $26.82

AUGIENB Hammock Chair Macrame Swing, $65.95

LR Home Natural Jute Hand Braided Floral Round Rug, starting at $56

MoDRN Square White Ceramic Planter, Tall, $48.99

Better Homes & Gardens Two-Toned Speckled Ceramic Planter, 10", $24.99

MoDRN Concrete Planter, starting at $33.99

Stratton Home Decor Open Wood Lantern, $25.56

Seagrass Belly Basket, $17.51

Glidden High Endurance Plus Exterior Paint in Shaded Fern, $25.94 per gallon


Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.

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