DIY Vertical Garden

This easy tutorial will show you how to make an outdoor succulent wall planter or vertical garden in just a few simple steps.

photo of a backyard area with a wooden vertical garden

This is a super easy succulent wall planter made out of an inexpensive home improvement store item. The best part is you can recreate this vertical planter in less than an hour! 

The backyard at our old townhome was a very small space. We use the term backyard lightly because really it’s just a gloried 20 x 10-foot space that has a privacy fence around it. 

You can’t ask for a whole lot when you live in the middle of Houston, the land of downtown townhomes and people that don’t know how to drive around bicycles, ha!

As we were saying, it’s just enough space for a little dining area, a few plants, and an awkward empty space along the patio drain.

The unfortunate part is that the drain can’t be covered up and the weird empty spot in front of it also happens to be the first thing you see when you walk out onto the patio.

We wanted to create a vertical garden to fill the space that wouldn’t obstruct the drain, and that’s how this easy succulent wall planter came to life!

It’s a great way to make a big impact in small spaces and add a pop of color to a plain outdoor area. 

photo of a backyard with faux grass paver stones and vertical garden

photo of hanging a succulent on a vertical planter

Materials and Tools for Making a Wooden Succulent Wall Vertical Planter

This DIY vertical garden requires almost zero DIY skills since the handrail is already fully assembled! All you really need to do is stain it, place it, and add the plant hooks. 

Unfinished outdoor wooden handrail

Waterproof outdoor wood stain

Foam brush or rag — For applying the stain

Potted succulents or herbs in any type of planter you can drill a hole through — We used paint tins.

Screw-in plant hooks

Drill and drill bit (the same size as the plant hook)

photo of how to hang a succulent or herbs on a vertical planter

Steps Needed to Make Your Outdoor Succulent Wall Planter

1 – First, paint the stain onto the handrail then let it dry.

2 – Lean the banister along the wall of the fence where you want it placed, then decide where you want the plants to hang on it before you drill any holes.

3 – Once you’ve decided, drill a hole at an angle on the bottom side of the railing and then twist in the screw-hook.

4 – Next, drill a hole in the back of your planter and then slip the planter over the edge of the plant hook to hang in place.

photo of a finished succulent wall vertical garden

What is a Vertical Garden Succulent Wall?

A vertical garden is a twist on the traditional garden by allowing you to grow your favorite plants and herbs in small spaces. 

Not everyone has the ability to be able to utilize traditional garden beds, and creating a vertical rack for growing is a great alternative.

You can make a vertical planter for patios, balconies, outdoor showers, or even indoors where you have plenty of sunlight!

photo of a succulent up close on a wooden planter

DIY Vertical Garden Ideas

This handrail was a simple way for me create a custom garden space for our small backyard, but there are plenty of other unique vertical garden DIY’s, too. 

Keep in mind that you can also use a vertical planter as a twist on the traditional garden for creating a modern herb garden. 

Here are a few other DIY projects for creating a succulent wall planter or vertical planter:

— Repurpose PVC pipes cut in half as plant pots that won’t rust

— Snag an old wooden pallet that’s being thrown out for an easy pallet project

— Coat a large wooden picture frame with polyurethane to make a weather-proof succulent frame

— Use a fabric shoe organizer to hang on your patio for growing herbs or succulents as a hanging planter

photo of a finished DIY vertical garden succulent wall

 More Easy Home DIY’s

You can’t beat this vertical garden for a quick and easy weekend project, right?

For another nifty project, see how to make my faux grass DIY paver stones! They’re another really easy garden hack that’s perfect for mixing and matching with different outdoor styles. 

Be sure to bookmark some of my other favorite home decor DIY’s for your weekend projects —

two photos together of a backyard area with a wooden handrail as a diy vertical garden

photo of a wooden handrail as a DIY vertical garden

Quick & Easy DIY Vertical Garden

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5 from 16 votes
This DIY vertical garden planter requires almost zero DIY skills since the handrail is already fully assembled! 
Total Time30 minutes
Course DIY
Category Outdoor

Equipment

  • Drill
  • and foam brush or rag for applying

Materials

  • 1 unfinished outdoor wooden handrail
  • 1 qt waterproof outdoor wood stain
  • Potted succulents or herbs in any type of planter you can drill a hole through 
  • Screw-in plant hooks

Instructions

  • Stain the handrail. Then, let it dry.
  • Lean the banister along the wall of the fence where you want it placed. Then, decide where you want the plants to hang on it before you drill any holes.
  • Once you've decided, drill a hole at an angle on the bottom side of the railing and then twist in the screw-hook.
  • Drill a hole in the back of your planter, and then slip the planter over the edge of the plant hook to hang in place.
    photo of how to attach planters to a wooden planter
Cost: $50
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  24. I just found your site today and I think your project is just great and inspiring. Thanks also for the detailed assembly instructions. Please keep it up.

    Best regards
    Karl Heinz5 stars

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  75. Hi Ashley, loving your great wall accent idea! I have a question, is there a brand of waterproof outdoor wood stain that you recommend? Thanks!

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  80. This is officially saved in my “PROJECTS” folder in my Bookmarks for when I next have a backyard. Looks really professional and it doesn’t seem too difficult (though I’ll have to buckle down and teach myself how to use a drill.)5 stars

    1. Hi Mel! We think it would work, depending on the length of the fence or wall. We would definitely recommend securing it into the wall.

  81. This is hands down the cutest way to display succulents! Absolutely in love! Now if only I had any outdoor space to my name…5 stars

  82. I seriously love this! I think succulents are so pretty and fun, with all of their different shapes! I might even consider putting this somewhere inside my home! I think your “backyard” sounds fabulous. ;)
    -Jessica5 stars

  83. WOW, lets keep the DIY projects for the outdoors coming, this is fantastic!!!!

    i have much more outdoor space but this looks better than mine.5 stars

  84. How pretty! And so unique, I have never seen an outdoor succulent set up like this before, I love it!5 stars