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Posted by Harriette Halepis | Oct 06, 2009

Vertical Gardens

Are you lacking backyard space? Even if you're stuck in the middle of the concrete jungle, you can still enjoy all the benefits of your very own garden by thinking vertically. When you can't grow out - grow up! Clever garden designers have burst onto the green-scene with an entirely new way to enjoy all that an urban garden has to offer. If you're dying for some green space to call your own, take a close look at these vertical garden ideas.

A Vertical What?

Vertical gardens (also known as "living walls") are just as they sound - gardens that snake up a wall instead of on the ground. But, how did these gardens come to be? Who thought of the vertical garden, and how can you build your own grassy wall space?

The true origins of the vertical garden are largely unknown, though it's safe to assume that modern vertical garden growers snagged this idea from lush Babylonian garden walls. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were a sight to be seen - large wisps of green hanging on outside walls was hard to miss during those ancient times.

Modern Living Walls

Today's vertical gardens are based upon the same idea, though modern living walls don't really "hang." Instead, plants grow in containers that are affixed to an indoor or outdoor wall. You may be thinking that hanging a plant from any wall isn't such a good idea unless you want a ground full of soil, but that's exactly why vertical garden pots are different - these containers are completely soilless!

The modern vertical wall can be entirely attributed to artist Patrick Blanc. When Blanc created his "mur vegetal" collection, the green world sat up and took instant notice. Blanc's living walls were a testament to the possibility of growing a garden inside of any space - all you really need are the right tools for the job.

DIY Vertical Garden

The best way to go about choosing the right DIY vertical garden plan for you is to look at all the plans that can currently be found online. Below, you will find some of the plans that make creating a DIY vertical garden easy.

Vertical Garden Plans and DVD (easy to follow solution!)

Store-Bought Solutions

Not the DIY type? Don't worry -- there are plenty of great store-bought solutions to choose from as well. Take a look at these clever designs:

  • Agro-Tower Grow Pots
  • Metal Trellis - vertical moss grows great inside of a trellis!
  • Topsy Turvy
  • Grow Bags

Clearly, you don't have to have a sprawling backyard in order to grow your own bit of green. All you need to do is find the best vertical garden solution that will work for you. The rest is merely a matter of working on that green thumb!

Photo credit: Lowimpaceliving.com.

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