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Vertical gardening: Make the most of minimal space

By Lee Gugliada/Get Growing Staten Island Advance

No, today’s topic is not an April Fool’s joke, but an evolving trend brought on by efforts to maximize our increasingly smaller gardening spaces, while creating outdoor “rooms” that extend and enhance our entertaining areas.

The inclusion of an arbor to your landscape, one type of vertical gardening, does more than just provide additional growing space. It adds visual appeal and becomes a focal point in the garden. Many factors must be considered when choosing an arbor, most importantly, where it will be placed.

In the back yard an arbor encompassing a bench can provide a shady retreat for the gardener. In the front yard it becomes a welcoming feature, transitioning your guests from the public space at the curb to the more private area closer to your home.

In a small front yard, situate an arbor at the junction of the street sidewalk and your entrance walk, possibly with a gate, to indicate to guests that they’ve entered a more private space. A secluded seating area for relaxing with family and friends could easily be created in the front yard in the space between the arbor and your home.


If you prefer to site an arbor close to or attached to your home, it is important to consider one that complements the houses’s color and architecture. Whether you choose a white or stained wood arbor, or even a wrought iron structure, will depend on the style of your home.

Although some of us have very limited gardening space, with only a balcony within which to create our own special retreat, we still can enjoy the calming and meditative benefits of working with plants.

The addition of a tall, vertical shelving unit on a balcony brings the eye upward, as will the inclusion of a wall pocket planting container. Combining such a planting area with additional containers placed at ground level and some small pots on tables or benches can easily let you create a multi-level container garden.




Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.