Lighting is a key aspect of outdoor decorating. Add depth and intrigue by “lightscaping” with different sources—from an intimate wall lantern to eco-friendly LED garden and path lights—at different heights.
Refresh your patio décor with a container garden. Plant spring flowers, then switch them out with summer annuals as the season progresses. Or choose long-lasting culinary herbs that can be enjoyed with hot-off-the-grill dishes.
Pay attention to the foundation for your new outdoor space. With today’s wide range of options for stone and brick, it’s easy to find pavers in just the right color, texture and level of formality to set the right tone for your space.
Select your location. A pergola is a great hanging area, as a vertical garden adds a nice accent to an already-built structure. Otherwise, any structurally sound area with adequate hanging space will suffice.
Measure your hanging area, and choose your lattice size. The standard lattice size is 48” x 96”, but you may need to make it smaller depending on your available space.
Once you’ve decided on a location and size, frame the edges of your lattice by installing cap moulding.
Fasten the cap moulding to your lattice using a hammer and nails.
Install two ceiling-mount hooks by pre-drilling pilot holes into your wood. Screw the ceiling hooks in, making sure to orient them in the same direction.
Measure two extender chains to your desired hanging height. Cut your chains with a bolt cutter or ask a store associate at The Home Depot to help you cut the chains in-store when you purchase them.
Place one end of the chain onto the ceiling mount hook, and let it hang. Do the same for the second chain, ensuring both are hanging at the same height.
Link the lattice to the chains with S-hooks.
Center two planters under the lattice. Using a tape measure, mark off four spots on the lattice cap moulding and four corresponding spots on the planter frames where you want to attach the extender chain.
Pre-drill four horizontal pilot holes, one into each marked area of your lattice cap moulding. Screw an eye bolt into each hole and fasten with a nut. Do the same for the planter frame, drilling vertical holes.
Cut four separate extender chains to your desired hanging length, and use pliers to open the top and bottom links for each chain. Insert the links into the bolts, and close them back up with pliers.
It’s time to grow your garden. Select climbing plants such as English Ivy, Climbing Snapdragon, Morning Glory, Black-Eyed Susan Vine and Cucumber. For optimal plant growth and nutrition, use Miracle Grow Potting Soil. Remember to consider the sun or shade conditions that your plants require, and select ones appropriate to the location of your vertical garden.
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