Vertical Garden DIY: How to Build Your Own Trellis Plant Hanger

by Jacqui Zuzgo 01/16/2022

If you’re looking for a way to grow plants and flowers in limited outdoor space, vertical gardens are the way to go. While many vertical garden solutions are complex and expensive, there are many you can set up yourself for a lower price point. One excellent option is to create your own trellis and hang potted plants in the empty spaces. Here we’ll go over how to accomplish this simple and rewarding DIY task.

Materials

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Lumber (1x1)
Circle saw
Exterior paint
Paint brush
Exterior polyurethane or other sealant
S hooks
Drill
3/4 inch wood screws
Plant containers with handles

How to Build

  1. To begin, cut your lumber into 8 4-ft long pieces.

  2. Paint and finish each piece of lumber with your choice of color or wood stain. Allow to try completely.

  3. Arrange your lumber in a square shaped grid with a few inches overhanging on each side.

  4. Add 3 S hooks to the horizontal boards. This will be much easier than adding them after everything is constructed.

  5. With everything in place, screw together each piece of lumber where the pieces cross. Doing this from the back will give you a cleaner look.

  6. Prepare your plant containers by adding drainage holes in the bottom (at least two each). You may also want to add a small layer of gravel to the bottom to assist with drainage.

  7. If you have planters without handles attached, you can make your own with twine, macrame or the material of your choice. For an easy built-in handle option, opt for miniature metal buckets.

  8. Add your plants to the containers either by potting them with soil or by simply placing the entire plastic nursery pot into the container. Keeping plants in their plastic pots makes it easier to swap them out for new ones when the seasons change.

  9. Prop your trellis up against a wall or fence, leaving some room for the containers to hang.

  10. Hang your containers on the S hooks and enjoy your beautiful and inexpensive vertical garden!

The wonderful thing about this project is that it leaves a lot of room for creative choice. You can pick the pots or containers you want and customize them. You can paint them the same color as your trellis frame or leave them unfinished for a rustic look. Regardless, you’ll be able to enjoy this simple DIY garden project no matter how little your outdoor space.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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