Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.
Wide, staggered pockets and a built-in irrigation drip in this vertical greenwall blanket make hanging and grouping plants of all sizes easy. The 70-inch by 70-inch blanket by designer Jamie Durie attaches to fence or wall and has a waterproof backing to minimize water contact on the wall.
A small space is a great place for a vertical garden, and this one cost less than $10. Design blogger Alaya Sheardon used a crib frame that was headed for the dumpster. She found pails for $1 each and poked holes into the bottom to help drain water. She hung the cans from shower curtain hooks (the pack were on sale for $5). The frame was spray painted white.
Vertical stackable planters are one way to have a micro garden and it suits shallow-rooted edibles like lettuces, flowers, strawberries and herbs, says Anne Gibson, known as The Micro Gardener. This setup also minimizes moisture loss when watering from the top. Group plants with the same water needs together on each tier and add a saucer at the base to collect any water or nutrients.
Hang this vertical planter on a wall, dress up a bookshelf or add life to your mantle decor. This wine crate will hold nine 4” plants, but floral designer Angela Darrah chose to only use five. She filled the remaining four cubes with mosses, kiwi vine and white mini pumpkins.
This L-shaped vertical garden, whose walls extend out 74 feet on one side and 31 feet on the other, is packed with approximately 5,000 plants. Priority was given to plants that could withstand the heat and humidity of New Orleans, where the garden is located, and that could be changed out easily with the seasons. Plants include Mondo grass, Mexican heather, Silverdust Dusty Miller Maritima, Compact Sprenger Asparagus Fern, Ruellia Dwarf White and a stream of annuals for color.