Easiest Vertical Garden Ever!

7 Materials
40 Minutes

Hey! It's Jess from Jessica Welling Interiors. I've got an ultra-simple project that's perfect for Spring to share with you today. It's a vertical garden. And you can do the entire project in about 40 minutes. I promise, it really is that quick and easy! Let's get started.


We recently built a new fire pit area in our backyard. But the bare, boring fence around it really needed something interesting to bring it to life. So I ordered these cool hanging planter pockets from Amazon to create a vertical garden.

Attach Planter to Fence

Use a drill and long screws to attach the planter pockets to the fence or wall, using the grommet holes at the top.

Add Soil & Fertilizer

Use a container to scoop potting soil into the pockets, filling each one about half-way. I like to add a few shakes of my favorite slow-release slower fertilizer, Osmocote before adding the plants.

Separate plants

I chose hearty sedum and a few succulents for my vertical garden, because they don't require a ton of water, and the pockets can dry out easily in the sun. I bought a sedum "tile" at Home Depot, and as you can see, it came with several different species mixed in. I pulled the tile out of the container and gently separated it into 12 chunks.


Next, plant one of the sections of sedum in each pocket. You may need to fill in around it with a bit more soil when you're done.


Now water your new vertical garden, being sure to get plently of water into each pocket. Of better yet, set up a drip hose at the top to trickle down through the pockets!

Come check out another vertical garden we built for our patio HERE! I absolutely love gardening and designing outdoor spaces on a budget, and my blog is full of outdoor decor tips tricks, and ideas!

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  • Red Red on Apr 03, 2020

    For the answer to the person with the Cinderblock wall use the cheap hooks you find at the Dollar store and use one for each hole. They fit over a door but, can be adjusted to fit the blocks, if they are not too wide. I love succulents too. Where is the after view?

  • LeeAnn Maderia-Cametti LeeAnn Maderia-Cametti on Apr 09, 2020

    No completed after pic? ,or am I not experienced enough yet at the app to know how to see the full projects? I still all the way through???

  • Virginia Virginia on Apr 03, 2021

    I wonder if you coupled strawberries in this? ? The smaller Alpines if not Ever bearing.

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  • Lady Anne Lady Anne on May 02, 2020

    This would be perfect for fresh herbs - mint, basil, etc. I wonder if an upcycled shoe bag would work? The pockets would be deeper and might hold larger plants.

    • Martina Martina on May 11, 2020

      A fabric shoe bag should work. If it's plastic or has a coating, be sure to cut some drainage holes which I would cut into the back, bottom of each compartment. I may try this.

  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Apr 05, 2021

    I tried a back corner garden once; however, I failed to notice that even two or possibly 3 garden hoses didn't reach to the corner. The following year I planted a pine tree in that space and put a kitchen garden near my patio. Much easier to care for and to notice weeds or bug problems. The tiny pine tree grew to a huge Pinion pin, which took up all the space which I had thought would be my garden. We lived there 33 years. I love the idea of using shoe holders. I now have a townhouse with a 15X 15 fenced area. Vertical is the only way to go with limited space.