Spring Garden Project: Vertical Garden

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Woman setting up a beautiful vertical garden


Vertical gardens are all the rage this year—from the creative use of shoe organizers as planters to our simple space-saving herb garden, propped up on lattice and great for the apartment dweller. The team at The Home Depot has put together a stunning vertical garden project that is perfect for the crafty DIYer who wants to create an outdoor showpiece that will get people talking. It’s a vertical garden that’s essentially a hanging flower box.

This project is broken down into four parts:

Assembling the bed

Adding a French cleat to the back for hanging

Assembling the frame

Creating an irrigation system and planting a wonderful, colorful garden

The final planted bed will need to settle for two to three weeks before hanging it upright, so plan accordingly for the party you’ll have to show off this unusual and beautiful vertical flower box.

Be prepared for some handiwork with this living hanging flower bed. Get an idea of the materials you’ll need and steps you’ll take in this Vertical Garden video, then print out these detailed instructions, including a list of items needed, before you head into your local Home Depot store. Check out our Garden Center page for all the supplies you’ll need.

Colorful flowers are being added to a vertical garden project


Editor’s Note: The original PDF of this project had one measurement slightly off: The 1”x 6” wood should be cut at 15 inches not 18 inches. Please see the instructions in our forums for the updated measurements

Check out other garden projects here on The Apron Blog. And be sure to sign up for The Home Depot’s Garden Club, where you can get special offers, discounts and expert advice. Also, check out the awesome gardening advice in our Forums


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  7. Peter Thunberg says:

    My wife saw your commercial and fell in love with it. So I and my son built it for her for mother’s Day present. I wish there was a spot to post photos of it. In the hopes its last many seasons choose to make it all out cedar instead (except for plywood back of course). Also we live in an association so had to change the support system to keep from making hole in the outside wall for French cleat. Came up system to support it on two legs and lean it against the wall. As for some of the left over wood made a raised flower box holder to put behind the bushes and plan on making another smaller version of the same vertical garden box. Wife loves them. As for the employees at Home Depot yes ran across the same problem at first no one knew what I was talking about when I first went to the store to look for design prints. Was able to find one person who did end up looking it up in the computer and printed it for me was hard to find at first. Keep the ideas coming love this one.

  8. Catherine Mikell says:

    Nice idea sort of. Your video and written instructions has so many errors that a regular home improvement Joe wouldn’t catch these. For example, cutting the three 1 x 4 to 15″ will make them too short to fit the 32″ x 191/2″ plywood backing. ( 18″ + 3/4″ + 3/4″ = 191/2″ width) your measurement adds up to 161/2″. It would have been nice to list the complete material list including the screws, bits, sheeting, lattice etc. that we are left to figure out. I would expect something a little more professional from Home Depot so your readers aren’t left with so many questions and frustrations.

  9. James says:

    Check out homedepot.com for pre made living wall planters, search Bright Green or Living wall planters

  10. Tom says:

    I built two of these this weekend. The associates at HDknew nothing about it. The instructions call for pressure treated wood. There is none available in the sizes this project required. I built them from Pine and with with wood lattice. The associate did make all the cuts for me but couldnt accept a tip :-( .
    I see no reason for the change to a 15″ cut on the bottom 1×2 piece. It doesnt fill the hole across the bottom. TThe plans need more detailc comcerning the placement of the irrication PVC. Overall, the project in fairly pricey but the came out really nice and I would recommend it to and Do It Yourselfer. Use stain and a high quality sealer is my only advise.

  11. Karen says:

    I made this garden. Yes, directions are incorrect. Directions call for a 15 inches cut but video says 18. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. After finishing the project though you will find that it weighs alot. You will need an extra hand to hang. You will need extra heavy hanging system. Also you can make your own lattice by just using stakeing boards. Just takes time and imagination.

    Went to Homedepot to get all the supplies for the project and when I showed the directions to the folks at my Homedepot they looked at me as if I was from another planet. They couldn’t even find the directions on their own web site. Watering system on directions is not detailed enough and because the folks at Homedepot did not understand the project they could not help me with the watering system. I ended up building my own system with out the help of the sales folks. (Not their fault)

  12. Karen says:

    There is no mention of how to hook it up for watering. The instructions show the lay out of the internal drip system but not much detail is included. Please show more watering detail.

  13. Karen says:

    This Vertical Garden sure is a hot topic – so hot infact that the Mt. Laurel, New Jersey Home Depot #0914 – is having a Do It Herself workshop to teach exactly how to build one themselves…. June 7 at 6:30 p.m til 8 p.m. …. Join us and why not bring a friend.

  14. Julie says:

    very disappointed in this project! the projected price for the project was completely off, it cost 130$ not including the flowers. Had lots of extra wood left over because HD said they couldnt cut enough for the project, we had to buy all of it. no one in the store seemed to know anything about the project when we had questions about it. it turned out nice in the end but not happy with the way this project was portrayed. supposed to be “apartment friendly”, living in an apartment you dont have the space required to build this extensive of a project. it would have been nice if HD had the materials available in the amount, size and quantity that are needed.

    • Hi Julie,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your frustration. This was definitely the most challenging of our spring projects–I’ll make sure your feedback is passed on. Hopefully, it still looked great in the end!

  15. NewToHD says:

    I love flowers but never had a chance to develop a green thumb since I lived in the city my whole life. The vertical flower garden looks like a perfect project for me, except my apartment doesn’t have a porch :( Can I hang this on my living room wall or will this just be a disaster?

  16. Connie L. says:

    I would like to make the vertical garden but do not have access to an electrical saw. If I purchase the products at Home Depot will they cut them to the specific sizes needed. Thanks Connie

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  18. frustrated says:

    i precut the lattice and it covers the entire box there is nothing left to attach the outer frame to and the 1x4x34 and 1x4x241/4 doesnt fit please tell me how to finish

  19. frustrated says:

    i am working on the last steps i saw other people mention the problem with the 1x2x15 this needs to be 1x2x18 this helps. i know have troubel with the outer frame i can not get the pieces to fit i precut the latice and there is nothing to attach the bottom of the frame to please help me understand the last step

  20. Teresa in Cocoa Florida says:

    If you want the “how to” detail on this neat project, you can go to your home depot store and there is a display in the garden department that has a handout on this. It gives you a printed list of all the materials you will need and good easy to follow directions on how to assemble it. Like everyone else, I too can not wait to get mine made. I told my Honey that this was what I wanted for my (belated) Mother’s Day present. He is going to make 2 of them so I can put one on each side of our garage doors. WAY TO GO HOME DEPOT!!! Another Winner in my opinion!!

  21. Barbie says:

    Omg, cannot wait to get one of these made! Saw the commercial and started searching home depot web site. Took a while but I was successful. My husband is stoked and we will soon have one of these! Thanks for this GREAT IDEA!

  22. Nichole says:

    Can anyone tell me how many flowers they used in there’s.
    I don’t want to buy to little and have to go back to the green house.

    • Hi Nichole,
      I checked in with our team about the number of flowers. There are 38 to 39 openings in the lattice. It really depends on the size of flower you use, but the example has an average of three to four flowers per opening. I sure hope that helps! Please let us know how it turns out.

  23. Jenifer says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been looking for this all over the place…….Life Saver!!!

  24. Tess says:

    I also love the idea of this “wall art” for my patio. I have one question though, when you water this, does soill spill out at all (making a mess on the patio!) Thanks…..Tess

    • Hi Tess,
      The landscape fabric and lattice have held others’ projects together nicely… as long as they waited the recommended two weeks to let the plants settle.
      Good luck!

  25. Nikki says:

    My Husband works at HD and when I saw the commercial I told him I wanted this for our apartment porch. Lets just say that this will be my Mother’s Day project!! So excited to start building :)

  26. Peg Bolen, St. Louis, MO says:

    Just completed construction of five vertical flower boxes, as seen on the HD commercial! I’m headed to the HD now so I can purchase flowers to plant. My daughter, son-in-law and myself, (with a little input from my dear husband), put five boxes together in about 8-9 hours of time, split over two days. If you’re going to assemble more than one or two you should definitely have the helpful folks at HD cut the plywood backs for easier transporting, as well as any other wood cuts they are able to accommodate. Consider the same for the lattice.

    To answer an earlier question: My cost is about $50-$60 per box, without the flowers.

    The video was helpful but does not adequately convey the time and effort necessary to complete this project. Additionally the printed instructions are for a smaller box than the video and these instructions are NOT FOR A BOX THAT WILL STAND ON IT’S OWN. If you follow the printed instructions the box will have to be hung. The french cleat is a great idea and will lend itself to many different hanging/mounting solutions. Also please remember the box will have to stay horizontal for a couple of weeks.

    I’ll try to post a picture of one or two boxes when they are completed. Have to hurry to HD now, I want my boxes to be ready for Mother’s Day.

  27. Dave says:

    I believe I’ve found a few errors in the cut list:

    The 1″ x 2″ x 20 1/2″ should be 21″ and the 1″ x 2″ x 15″ should be 18″

    GREAT Project!!! Measure twice…….. :)

  28. Scott says:

    The “detailed instructions” don’t load, is this on my end or has the page been moved?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Scott, we just tried the link, and it was working for us here. But maybe you’re not the only one with this problem, so we uploaded the pdf instructions to a different location and changed the link.

      Please try the “detailed instructions” link again. Let us know if you’re still having problems. And thanks for alerting us.

      • Teri says:

        Any idea what the total cost for this project is, we want to make 4 of them!!! Hope its affordable, since I saw the commercial I have been BUGGING my son- in-law to make some. He must be tired of me cuz, he got online and got instructions…he is so AWESOME! But price will determine how many we make!!! Please help me out with at least an estimated cost!!! THANKS!!!

        • Hi Teri,
          How exciting! I’m sure that the four vertical gardens will look stunning in your space, The cost of the project will depend slightly on which flowers you choose, but there’s an easy way to figure it out. If you click on the “detailed instructions” link in the post, then click on the “buy the materials” link, you’ll see everything you need with prices.
          Please report back with your progress! Happy gardening!

  29. elizabeth says:

    I love this!! Saw it on a commercial, it’s like live flower wall art!! Also, something I would definetely do, am sending this to my mom!! :o )

  30. tlcm1865 says:

    I just wish they would now provide the list of flowers that they used in it!!!!

  31. Bjorn Button says:

    Sent the link to my mother. She has been a hanging basket phenomenon for 20 years so I think she would like this challenge. I have been doing home repair in bristow for sometime and I have found that people are always looking for a new way to do something. I look forward to your next blog when you talk about “upside-down flower gardens.”

  32. James Rizzo says:

    Check out our GroVert Living Wall Planter and Frame kits on Homedepot.com
    search Living Walls or bright green

  33. Lori Litsinger says:

    how wonderful this commercial is I can’t wait to go to Home Depot to buy the trellis and flowers to try to replicate what the girl in this picture did she made it look soooo easy————i have a terrace attached to my condo with a perfect wall for it————-I wish the girl in the commercial was a permanent fixture in the store demonstrating how she did it————she looks so happy and proud of her accomplishment. I just love her!!!!!!!

  34. elmeda says:

    i like this another garden for me to add………………………….thanks