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Vertical gardens are a hot trend right now. Here's how to get your garden growing up the walls (literally!)

- by Better Homes and Gardens

DIY vertical garden

When there is no room left in your garden to grow flowers or herbs, or if your outdoor space is tiny, don't give up on your gardening dreams - look on the upside! Vertical gardens are a clever way to make the most of your space and are great for adding a splash of colour to dull, bare walls. Plant a mix of dense, low-growing, compact flowers, a productive patch filled with herbs, or a mixture of both! You can make your own version or pick up an easy-to-assemble DIY modular kit from your local hardware store. Simply install, plant up and away you go - the sky's the limit!

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Recycled drawer herb planter

Build this quick planter using recycled drawers to grow all your favourite cooking ingredients.

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Succulent vertical garden

Create a living picture out of hardy succulents. This small-scale vertical garden can brighten any dull space, inside your home or in your garden.

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Potted wall

There's no need to buy vertical garden kits - you can simply secure your own pots to the wall. Here, herbs have been planted in different coloured pots and attached to the wall with concrete screws.

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Living privacy screen

Instead of the usual lattice, put in a vertical garden that doubles as a privacy screen.

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Gutter garden

A sunny wall or fence is an ideal environment for growing plants such as herbs, flowers and small veggies in a restricted space. Try this cute gardens made from guttering to brighten up a corner of your yard.

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Pipe garden

Get creative with your wall-mounted container garden. Large PVC piping planted up with herbs, ferns and grasses makes an industrial-chic statement in the garden.

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Tiered herbs

For another way to save space and 'grow up', try some clever pot plants. These stylish pots are designed to stack on top of each other, making the most of space so you can grow more small fruits, vegies and herbs.

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Upcycled paint can vertical garden

Create your own vertical garden using recycled paint cans and a steel reo frame or trellis. Drill at least four drainage holes in the base of each can, then coat cans with grey paint. Once dry, drench a medium-sized brush in coloured paint (we used Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen in Jazzercise) and circle the lip of each can, allowing paint to run freely. Allow to dry. Fill cans with potting mix and plant with herbs or plants of your choice. Attach frame to wall and secure can handles to frame with UV-resistant cable ties.

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Best plants for vertical gardens

When choosing plants for your garde, go for a variety of foliage colours and shapes to create maximum impact. Bromeliads (pictured) look fabulous planted closely up a garden wall. Mix it up with Lomandra, Westringia, Liriope and Nandina. For an edible vertical garden, choose your favourite herbs, such as sage, mint and parsley.

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