Are you puzzled on where to start the garden of your dreams? In recent years, the human population has been raised-several folds, thus compacting our living spaces more than ever.
Where basic necessities seem sparse, a dream garden sounds like a far-fetched vision with no space to actually bring it to life. But luckily, we have the answer to your question.
Vertical gardening has redeemed lots of dying gardening dreams and has given them new hope. It does not demand space nor does it empty your pocket. It allows you to cultivate your new-found hobby at your budget.
There is an increased amount of home planters who opt for this method over others.
If you are someone who is new to vertical gardening then you might be contemplating the variety of plants to add in your collection.
Some criteria to bear in your mind while selecting a plant are as follows-
Criteria for Choosing Plants
Size of the plant
It is a must that you look on to the size of the pot or plant that you are about place into your vertical gardening set. Also, get to know the maximum height or growth the plant would attain. You can’t plant a sapling of a plant which is going to produce some heavy fruits or vegetables.
Availability of light source
There are certain plants which require abundant sunlight to grow. So there is no point in getting such plants for the purpose of indoor gardening. So before you go on with the choice of plants, finalize on the place. Conclude whether it is indoor or outdoor and then you can get on with your selection.
Nature of Plants
There two types of plants climbers and non-climbers people go for. So whenever you choose climbers to ensure you have a perfect layout or structure to support it. If they are climbers you will need to tie a rope or something for them to grow. Also, consider how long the roots would grow.
Now to help you enhance your selection decisions further we have come up with a list of plants which would be best for vertical gardening. The list comprises of ferns, shrubs, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Below are 15 plants you can bring home to your new vertical garden. Let’s take a quick peek into them.
Types of Plants to grow in home
The botanical name of carrot is Dacuscarotasubspsativus. Carrots can be very easily grown in small pots or bags. They do not require much sunlight as well.
Hence, you can choose to keep it either indoor or outdoor. Most species grow up to 6 to 8 inches. Its petite and compact nature makes it one of the most preferred one, particularly for vertical gardening.
Ensure that the soil is loose allowing sufficient air and water to seep through. It might take roughly 3 to 4 months to get your carrot juice ready. But it is worth the wait.
Onions are one of those vegetables for which we run to the grocery store almost every day. Having it in your garden only reduces your chores.
This plant is scientifically known as AliumCepa. if you are looking for plants that would fill your indoor space, then this might not be the one. Because it requires abundant sunlight.
Spring is the perfect time period to get your onion seeds planted. On average onions grow somewhere between 15 to 30 inches depending on the variety.
They are compact and can easily fit into your vertical garden setup. Make sure the soil is drained out well and is loose.
Beetroots are not just healthy but also fun to grow. Also, called Beta Vulgaris, these plants demand enough moisture content in their soil.
Beetroots prefer to have fertile and good soil. Unlike carrots, they need a lot of sunshine in order to grow well.
Beets take not less than 50 days to reach full growth. Choose pots that are wide and quite big. This vegetable easily touches the height of 5 inches to 2 feet. However, it highly depends on the variety and various other factors.
Have you thought of growing some greens in your backyard? Then spinach might be a perfect choice. This kind of plants requires moist soil. So make sure that you water them well.
Whether you plant them indoors or outdoors that won’t affect its growth. If you are planning on growing it indoor keep it near windows or place where you get good sunlight. SpinaciaOleracea is the biological name of spinach.
Having this in your backyard might get some good flavours to your dining table.
Having some eggs for breakfast? Just sprinkle some chives to spark the flavour. Rather buying one just gets your hands dirty and grow some. Carrying a botanical name called Allium Schoenoprasum it belongs to the category of herbs.
Early spring is the time for cultivating chives. These herbs opt for soil that is drained and fertile. They grow up to 24 inches in height. Further, good sun rays are another mandate for its healthy growth. They also bear some good looking purple flowers. It is small and does require a lot of space. So you can easily opt this for your vertical garden.
Pasta isn’t pasta without some of its signature herbs. Basil is one among those. Carrying multiple health benefits along it is biologically called OcimumBasilicum. Grow in a raised bed that is moist but drained. Sweet basil, Thai basil are some of the most common varieties.
Basil as a plant requires good light. A place which receives enough sunlight throughout the day will be perfect. Because it must be exposed to sunlight for a minimum of 8 hours.However, if you are bringing it up in an indoor area which is subject to partial sunlight that is fine as well.
Oregano is otherwise called botanically as Origanum. Oregano’s roost spread wide up to 12 inches and the plant can easily touch the height of 2 feet. So plan and buy pots accordingly.
This herb is the best friend of sun. Hence, place it in an area where you can get some good sunlight. Oregano grows well in soil that is well-drained. It does not drink much water like its counterparts. So watering at regular intervals or whenever the soil is dry will do.
With some garden fresh Oreganos by your side, and you can easily cook some flavor full and sweet-smelling Italian cuisine.
Botanically known as Hedera Helix, English Ivy is a kind of climber. They get their roots over any surface they are placed upon. You don’t have to water it regularly as well. The climber grows well on soil that is loamy and adequately drained.
A good or partial sun along is sufficient for its growth. This plant requires less maintenance but carry numerous medicinal benefits along with it.
This plant can very well be accommodated indoors. They can grow up to a height of 90 feet.
Golden pothos or money plant
Money plant is one of the most sorts after by gardeners who are new and have just started. It is extremely easy to grow and can adapt to any temperature. So whether it is hot summer or cold winter, you can grow it under both the conditions.
Type of soil does not impact its growth. But you can always go in for a soil that is well-drained and loamy.
Money plant’s botanical name is EpipremnumAureum. It can be grown in soil, water and in the gel. As it can be grown with ease you will not be required to spare much of your time.
Ferns lipstick plants
This plant is highly attractive and adds beauty to your garden with its bright red flowers. They can be planted in hanging pots as well.
Excess sunlight or excess shade might turn out to be harmful to the plant’s well-being. So plant in a space where you get moderate sun.
Aeschynanthusradicans is what people call it botanically. Lipstick plants don’t require too much water. So maintain moderate water levels throughout.
Tomatoes are named Cyphomandrabetacea botanically. Tomatoes can touch the height of 3 meters with ease.
During the initial stage, tomatoes require dry and loamy soil. But during the later phase, they might need a soil that holds the texture of clay, keep the plant where it will be able to receive some good.
Because these plants require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight on an average. Water needs are also limited.
So what is stopping you from cultivating some juicy tomatoes?
PisumSavitum can very easily grow up to 4 to 6 inches in height. These plants are grown during winter seasons. Owing to the nature of the soil.
The soil should be fertile and loamy at the same time. But it is essential that you keep a check on the moisture content as well. Because excess moisture will only ruin the roots.
These plants can survive in shady regions as well. So whether you intend to can it, freeze it or cook it go for some organic ones.
Kiwi plants have good growth and can sometimes reach a height of 20 feet. In order for these plants to produce veggies, you will require both male and female plant. Apteryx does not require abundant sunlight.
A soil that is fertile will help in its healthy growth. You can either let them grow across your walls or just by a vertical stander.
Are the days hot? A melon juice will wipe away your tiredness. Wouldn’t it be enriching to have the juice of melons from your home garden?
Growing melons will no longer be space-consuming when you adopt vertical garden techniques. Watermelons spread its roots well in well-drained and loamy soil and abundant sunlight.
They are also known as CitrullusLanatus.
Mostly grown in parts of New Zealand, this plant is a type of vine. It requires fertile soil, moderate sunlight and access to water as per needs. Under supervised conditions, these vines develop to 6 meters. The white and purple flowers make your entire garden look beautiful and lights up the surroundings as well. So get the seeds right away.
Now you can be proud that you are contributing to the reduction of carbon footprints. These plants do more good to you than you expect. Besides saving space, the help you retrieve your mood and relax.
You will be the recipient of various health benefits also. So why not start right away?