The Top 85 Vertical Garden Ideas
“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan
Gardening, the act of meeting nature halfway, is a hobby that over 36 million Americans enjoy. But what should you do if you want to try your hand at gardening, but your backyard isn’t big enough for an actual garden? What if your apartment is on the 20th floor, with just a small balcony serving as your only outdoor space?
If you cannot dig in ground-level dirt, vertical gardening is a beautiful way to experience the joys of gardening. By making use of your available vertical space, you can create a gorgeous garden design that satisfies your need to connect with nature. Scroll through our best vertical gardening ideas and discover all the ways you can turn any small space into your own personal Eden.
1. Vertical Planter Garden Ideas
A vertical gardening planter can be made from just about any type of container or material. Basic clay pots, DIY wooden planters, a hanging basket, or even spray-painted tin cans can turn into useful vertical gardening containers. Felt panels covered in pockets are a lightweight type of planter that works well for herbs and succulents.
If backyard garden space is limited, design a vegetable planter box garden along your deck or patio. Stack each row of a vertical vegetable garden according to the weight of each plant, with heavy plants at ground level and lighter plants up high.
2. Indoor Vertical Garden Ideas
DIY vertical garden ideas aren’t only meant for the great outdoors. A small indoor vertical garden can thrive in a sunny room. A living wall planter for inside the home can be found for around $30, or you can buy a vertical garden stacking system for around $75. Turn an empty corner into a hanging garden area with a hanging planter collection filled with flowering and trailing plants.
An indoor succulent vertical garden is a popular feature in many homes today. Succulent plants are low-maintenance and come in a huge variety of shapes and colors. Some species actually thrive better in an indoor environment, especially if you live in a colder climate. Fill a frame shaped wall container with blue agave, purple prickly pear, red echeveria, and yellow sedum for a rainbow-like indoor garden.
3. Wall Planter Vertical Garden Ideas
4. Living Wall Vertical Garden Ideas
A living wall is a conversation-provoking feature in any home whether located indoors or out. A vertical wall garden can be as large or as small as you desire. Some of the most impressive wall garden structures take up an entire interior wall in the living room or dining area. A vertical wall garden covered in trailing, flowering, and climbing plants makes a stunning feature on your patio or other outdoor space.
An herb garden living wall in your kitchen or outside your kitchen window is a practical way to embrace vertical gardening. Having a vertical herb garden is the best way to ensure that you always have your favorite herbs on hand for health purposes and for cooking. DIY gardening also ensures that your herbs are organic and free of harmful pesticides.
5. Balcony Vertical Garden Ideas
A vertical garden or hanging garden is a beautiful, practical addition to any balcony, rooftop, patio or other urban outdoor space. If your landlord or homeowner’s association permits, plant lovely trailing plants that cascade over your balcony’s railing.
If not, mount a vertical garden planter to one wall and stagger several potted plants in front. Or plant a small patch of grass beneath your vertical garden so you can enjoy the sensation of bare feet on fresh grass even in the concrete jungle.
You can also grow an edible vertical garden on a balcony. In under three hours—or less with pre-cut wood—you can build a DIY vertical herb planter that only takes up nine square feet of balcony floor space. You can also use this structure to grow microgreens and lettuce for your salads. Find basic instructions in this video:
6. Creative Vertical Garden Ideas
With enough imagination, virtually any container can become a home for your vertical garden ideas. Plant tiny succulents in the holes on bricks stood on end for a unique colorful garden. You can use a ceramic drill bit to make drainage holes in thrift-store mugs and hang them from a mug rack. Watch this video to learn how easy it is to turn any ceramic container into a planter:
Create a wall garden along a blank wall or fence by hanging a series of small potted plants in creative arrangements. For example, use containers shaped like birds and fill each with vining plants or different herbs.
Paint a simple tree rising from ground level and paint its branches so that each bird appears to be sitting on a branch. Paint a few butterflies flying whimsically between the branches and add a row of colorful potted plants on the ground in front of your living wall mural.
7. Vertical Garden Wall Ideas
Even if you have a blank wall that’s perfect for vertical gardening, you may not want to cover the entire structure in plants as you would with a living wall. There are many ways to accentuate your garden ideas by decorating the exposed wall surrounding your plants. Paint designs on the wall or hang artwork amidst the plants. Nestle small sculptures or figurines between shelved plants.
Cover portions of the wall with horizontal wood fence slats and hang hooks to carry plant-filled buckets. Simple wood lattice panels serve the same purpose and work well with traditional decor. You can even use simple wood fence panels to create a freestanding wall that separates different gardening plots in your backyard.
8. Herb Garden Vertical Garden Ideas
A vertical herb garden makes a lot of sense, even if you aren’t limited on outdoor growing space. Grow the herbs you like the best as most herb plants are well-suited for vertical gardens. When choosing plants for your herb garden, get smaller plants that have a minimal root system. They fit well into vertical planter containers and require less soil, making them more lightweight.
Be careful to keep mint in separate containers from your other herbs. Mint tends to grow rapidly and will overtake the other plants in your vertical garden. Arrange your herbs in order based on how much water they like. Place herbs that prefer dry conditions—such as rosemary or lavender—above herbs that will benefit from receiving extra water run-off from above, like bee balm or spearmint.
9. Modern Vertical Garden Ideas
Modern vertical gardening ideas combine minimalist design with the beauty of nature. Simple, understated plants are best in modern vertical gardening, where the focus is usually just as much on the structure as on the plants. Growing plants with unusual shapes or colors is a good idea to add an exciting twist to uncomplicated modern design.
Many homes with modern interior design have a monochromatic color scheme. While your plants can be a way of adding a pop of color, you can look to succulents to create a black and white vertical garden. Shop for black-toned aeonium, “Black Knight” echeveria, white wooly senecio, and white-flowering gray lithops (also called “Living Stones”). Your monochromatic vertical gardening idea is likely to attract compliments from visitors for years to come.
10. Shelving And Stand Ideas
Gardening is a hobby that often includes a lot of creative recycling. Virtually any type of shelf or stand can be repurposed into a plant holder. An old-fashioned baker’s rack with wire metal shelves is ideal for a vertical garden stand, but any type of shelving system will do. Mix and match wood and metal structures to add a whimsical or eclectic flavor to your vertical gardening zone.
A wall covered in floating shelves topped with plants is an attractive vertical gardening display. If you are into vegetable gardening, you will need a sturdier stand than if you are planting lightweight herbs or flowers.
Root vegetables that need deeper soil, such as carrots, will end up being too heavy for some shelves or stands. Keep heavier vegetables on the bottom shelf, or put them in planters set on the ground in front of the shelf or stand.
11. Pallet Vertical Garden Ideas
A simple wooden pallet can be repurposed into a planter box wall feature or used as-is to house your favorite vertical gardening ideas. One of the more popular garden ideas in farmhouse style houses is to use pallet wood to build a gardening shelf or a series of wall-mounted bins.
Repurposing wood pallets is one of the easiest and most economical DIY vertical garden ideas. You can simply prop a pallet against a fence or wall and insert small planting containers into the gaps. For just a little more work, pry off every other plank and nail it to the plank above it to make simple shelves.
Paint a pallet-based vertical gardening structure or stain it to coordinate with other furnishings. If you have particularly rustic décor, it may look better to leave the wood unfinished.
12. Easy Vertical Garden Ideas
Vertical garden design doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, you can purchase a pre-made vertical planter structure if you need one of the easiest starts to vertical gardening. Another easy way to begin your vertical garden is to place plants in small galvanized buckets and use metal hooks to hang them from an existing garden wall or fence.
An old ladder can be easily repurposed into a vertical planter holder. Prop the ladder against the wall or fence, and hang baskets filled with small flowering plants or herbs. A wall-mounted trellis structure can serve the same purpose. Look for a sturdy metal or wood trellis that can hold brackets for potted plants. Add a climbing plant or two, as they will appreciate the trellis and help fill in the wall garden area.
Vertical Garden FAQs
A huge variety of edible plants can thrive when planted in a vertical garden design. With proper sunlight, soil, and planning, it’s possible to harvest the following from a vertical garden system:
- Pole beans and peas
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Greens (kale, spinach, lettuce, microgreens)
Growing herbs is a great introduction to the beauty of vertical gardening. Herbs generally prefer dry soil, so they require less frequent watering than a flower or vegetable garden. Vertical herb varieties include:
The cost of bringing your DIY vertical garden ideas to fruition will depend on how complex you want your vertical garden system to be. Container options range from free wood pallets to pricey ceramic or glass planters. Expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $300 for containers, plants, soil, and watering materials.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.