The 8 Best Plants for Your Vertical Garden

Small garden ideas are becoming more popular than ever, as more people are making the most of their space by growing their gardens upwards. Luckily for you, a vertical garden is an easy way to add extra green to your space.

Whether you live in a small apartment or you own an acre of land, this trendy method of gardening is perfect for you! Take a look at these best plants you sure don’t want to miss in your vertical garden, provided by our garden experts. You could also consider a greenhouse with some added shelves, allowing you to further maximise garden space.

1. Bellflowers


With their bell-shaped blooms and a vast range of shades of white, pink, blue, and red — Bellflower, also known as Campanula, is a perennial flower that can make any vertical garden setting more enchanting.

When it comes to growing this lovely plant, it requires full sun and well-drained soil with moderate moisture for best flower production. As for the soil condition, Bellflowers can be planted in any pH range soil, including acidic soil. 

Once developed, they can tolerate periods of drought that may occur during the summer months. If you deadhead them, it can give a more fabulous bloom when it grows again. 

Lastly, they are a naturally hardy plant that can thrive in severe weather conditions. You can use this guide for more in-depth plant care and planting instructions of Bellflowers, courtesy of National Gardening Association.

2. Hardy Fuchsias


Flaunting their stunning, cheery blooms and their draping jewel-like buds, Fuchsias can bring a tropical and dazzling look to your vertical garden.

This outstanding garden plant is available in a wide range of colours starting from pink and purple to white and even peach. Compact and thick growing, they are best grown in the full or partial sun at the start of summer.

Fuchsias can tolerate most soils and once established, expect to see the blooms from late spring until the first bit of frost hits the ground. Note: When the flower stops growing and starts to wilt, after pruning, you may use the mulch it produces to improve the soil around the plant.

Here’s a guide to growing fuchsias, courtesy of Thompson & Morgan.

3. Lobelias


Lobelia is an attractive annual plant that produces masses of delicate blue, white, purple, pink and red colour flowers. Not only is this flower low-maintenance, it can also last for a long time — making it a great asset to your vertical garden.

Typically, they require full sun, but it can grow in partial shade as well. Plus, they can produce lavish flowers even through the first frost. 

Similar to Bellflowers, you can deadhead them to maintain their beautiful appearance. Only when temperatures increase does it require regular watering.

Check out this Planting Lobelia in the Garden guide, courtesy of Burpee.

4. Scabious 


Scabious is a long-stemmed flower, that is also called the butterfly blue, or the pincushion flower. Because it produces a lot of nectar, it can attract butterflies and bees; this will boost pollination in your garden.

Pincushion flowers bloom throughout the seasons with very little maintenance required. Although they’re easy flowers to care for, it’s best to plant them in well-drained soil and where they can receive full sunlight.

The seeds are best sown early spring — after the frost is gone to the late autumn. Keep the flowers deadhead so they can continue to grow and bloom for a long time.

If you’re planning to add Scabious to your vertical garden, it’s time for you to read this planting guide, courtesy of The Spruce.

5. Coral Bells


Coral bells, also known in the gardening world as Heuchera, have been one of the go-to plants for keen green-fingered individuals for adding colour and texture to their gardens.

The perennial plants also produce a rich variety of foliage from deep purple to burgundy to red and lime green colours. Plus, they are a great companion for many types of perennial plants, so make sure to include them in your vertical garden.

You can grow them in containers with moist and well-drained soil, and place them in full sun or partial shade. If it’s given enough light, the colours will stand out more.

Similar to the Scabious flower, it can attract bees and butterflies, increasing pollination to your garden. Note: Avoid soaking them out in the hot summer for too long to avoid getting their leaves scorched and wrinkled.

Here’s how you can grow Coral Bells well, courtesy of HGTV.

6. Periwinkle


Commonly known as Vinka, Periwinkle is an attractive flower with broadleaf foliage that can thrive on sloping terrain, ideal for vertical gardening.

This low-maintenance and pest-free flower is also drought-resistant, which means it can survive in any sunlight and soil conditions. But it’s best to grow them in partially shaded areas.

When it has fully grown, the plant provides good ground cover, diminishing the surrounding plant’s growth — therefore making it great against weeds.

Learn how to grow and care for Periwinkle here, courtesy of The Spruce.

7. Viola


Violas are cool-season bloomers that are full of colours, including violet, blue, cream, and yellow. Some types are even bicolours, meaning they have a mix of different colours in one plant.

Plus, this type of flowers is edible, perfect for garnishes and salad ingredients. They can also be used for decorating cakes! If you love to cook or bake, you know what flower you should plant in your vertical garden.

Best suited in well-drained soil in partial shade, they are easy to grow and are free of garden pests and diseases. They will grow for long periods, provided that the spent blooms are deadheaded.

Learn how you can sow and plant Viola flowers in this guide: Learn about Violas, courtesy of Burpee.

8. Wallflowers


It’s in the name; wallflowers would be a great choice of flower for your vertical garden! 

This old spring favourite flower can produce clusters of colourful scented blooms, perfect for planting in any sunny spot in the garden. Wallflowers look superb planted with tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs. On top of that, they are bee-friendly too!

Note: It usually needs to be regrown fresh every year, but if grown with a bushy plant, it can last over several seasons.

A vertical garden would be a more exciting and different approach to gardening. By making your own, it can be a great project that can liven up your garden, and stand out amongst other gardens today!