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Create Your Own Vertical Succulent Garden

Angie Holden
Written by Angie Holden
Updated June 1, 2017
Make a DIY vertical succulent garden to add greenery to your home throughout the year. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

I must admit that I am infatuated with succulents! The more the merrier! So why not go vertical?

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You can make a vertical succulent garden a variety of ways, but I wanted my version to have a bit of farmhouse style. I believe that Joanna Gaines would be proud of just how great this one turned out.  

Get on the hunt for a repurposed piece of "junk" or hunt down a reproduction piece and make the DIY vertical garden of your dreams.  The possibilities for your container for this project are endless, so use your imagination and find something that suits your style.

A vertical succulent garden can be propped on a table or hung on the wall. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

What materials are needed to build a vertical garden?

The following supplies are needed to make your own succulent vertical garden DIY.

  • Reclaimed or reproduction galvanized container

  • Succulents to fill your container

  • Potting soil (IMPORTANT: you want a cactus mix for this project)

  • Drill with drill bit (optional, see below)

Gather all your supplies to create your own vertical succulent garden. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

How to build a succulent vertical garden

Start by finding a suitable container for this project. I wanted one with farmhouse style, so I set out on a mission one day to find a galvanized container that was the perfect size. You want it to be long and skinny so the vertical part of this project will work.  

Hunt your favorite thrift and antique stores first. If all else fails, look in craft stores or online for reproduction pieces. The piece I ended up using is actually a reproduction, and you probably would not have known if I didn't tell you! What I really wanted was a vintage chicken feeder that was all worn and rusty. But, alas, I could not find one in any of my usual haunts. If a chicken feeder seems like the best idea to you as well, try getting one from a farm supply store then research ways to age galvanized metal. That rustic look is absolutely possible on a new piece.

Find a beautiful container to hold your vertical garden. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Next you will want to add a potting mix to your container that drains really well. I suggest a cactus mix for maximum success when growing succulents. Depending on where you will put your vertical succulent garden, you may want to add some drainage holes as well. If it is going to be outside during rainy periods, I would suggest using a drill to add holes to the bottom of your container before adding your potting soil. If it is going to be inside, you can just control your watering to make sure that the succulents do not get too wet and skip the additional holes. 

Be sure to use a cactus mix potting soil. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Once your container is about half full of potting soil, just add in your succulents. Be sure not to plant them too deep or too shallow. They are very hardy, but we want to give them the best chance. Add a little water to the soil once your planting is complete to help the roots get established. Remember that succulents need very little water. You need to wait until the soil is very dry and then just add a bit of water. Think of them as a cactus that you can lovingly touch.

Add your favorite succulent and don't overwater them. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Allow your DIY vertical succulent garden to sit horizontal for about a week (if you can stand waiting that long). This will make sure everything is set into place when it is time to go vertical. Then simply lean your new vertical succulent garden against the wall or even hang it from a nail.  

This project will work indoors or out. Try it in a few areas around your home. You might even have to make more than one!

Let the succulents sit for a week before turning them vertical. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Congrats! You just managed to squeeze more succulents into less area by utilizing vertical space. That is the best part about this project for me. I say, there are never enough succulents!  Make a vertical succulent garden for your home utilizing this method and I bet you will love the results as well.  

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