Add a Vertical Garden to Your Kitchen

6 Materials
1 Hour
Every time I am at Home Depot (which is pretty much all of the time!), I always find myself lingering around the houseplants. They have so many different succulents in this area. We all know this is really the only kind of houseplant I am allowed to have since it takes a little more effort to kill these type of plants. I was having some serious plant envy the last time I was Home Depot so I decided to pick-up a few. Whoops!

I wanted to somehow incorporate more plants into my kitchen, but I don’t have a ton of counter space. I didn’t want to turn my window ledge into a tropical forest, so I decided to create a vertical garden up the side of my cabinets!
All I did to create this magical look was paint some plastic pots and use Command Hooks to hang them. It was so easy! They best part about Command Hooks is if you decided you don’t want your vertical garden anymore, you can just remove the strips – no harm, no foul!

  • 3 Plastic Pots
  • Spray Paint
  • Awl
  • Small Clear Command Hooks
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents

Grab your awl and apply pressure to your plastic pot about an inch down from the top.  You will see the awl start to puncture the pot.  Keep pushing your awl until it is all the way through your pot.
Spray the outside of your pot with your spray paint.  I ended up doing 2 coats of paint.  You will also want to spray paint the inside of your pot a couple of inches down.
After your paint has dried, toss in some potting soil and your succulent.  Once your plants have been potted, it’s time to add your hooks.  Figure out the spacing you want for your planters.  Once you do, add your hooks and then push the hook through the hole in your planter, and hang your other planters.  You now have a garden that you can see, but won’t take up any of your counter space!
So, after I saw the result of my spray painted job, I was a little unsure of the color in my kitchen.  So, I ended up painting my pots with a lighter peach color.  I really like how the lighter color turned out. :)

Suggested materials:

  • 3 Plastic Pots   (Home Depot)
  • Awl   (Michael's)
  • Spray Paint   (Home Depot)
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  • Maggie Cz Maggie Cz on Nov 22, 2017
    What kind of hooks did you use?

  • Sandra M Sandra M on May 27, 2018

    I have a kitchen window setup very similar to yours and think this is a nice idea for having plants without cluttering up or blocking the window. I'd like to try it for growing some kitchen herbs. Have you found the small command strips are managing to support all the weight of the container, plant and moist soil? How long has it been now, since you put yours up? Thanks for the great idea.

  • Donna McFArland Donna McFArland on May 28, 2018

    Can someone tell me please...can these command hooks be reused? I've been nervous about using them but tried ONE so far.'s on the wall, do I take it off and reuse it? Thank you!!


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  • Ginger Ginger on Jun 02, 2018

    This is when I think the command hooks really shine. I have no problem putting holes in my walls. I can always patch the holes and repaint. Kitchen cupboards, desks, end tables....command hooks are the best solution

  • Marcia Marcia on Oct 21, 2020

    I like your idea, and may do it on the side of the cabinets next to the window. I wasn't as creative as you bought bought this. The ivy is a slow grower, has been there a year and still the same size, the succulents are fake.