Take your garden upward
May 21, 2019
If you’re tight on garden space, consider moving on up and adding plants that grow vertically.
There are lots of advantages to growing vertically, including:
- Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, will move from flower to flower with ease. And that means for a happier, healthier garden and ecosystem.
- Enhanced exposure to sunlight, which is a real bonus for sun-worshipping plants.
- Increased air circulation, which will keep leaves drier and less apt to develop fungal diseases. But keep in mind that you might need to water plants growing vertically more often.
- And finally, adding height to the garden adds interest. Think of planning your garden like you might think of a setting a table. You’ll be more pleased with the results when you see a charming and colorful display on multiple levels.
So, if you’re sold on the advantages of vertical gardening—and we certainly are—let us recommend some of our favorite products for vertical growers, as well as suggestions for what can grow on them.
A classic trellis shape made of forged iron with a powder-coated finish and embellished with iron scrolls and a bird. When staked fully into the ground, it measures 38 inches wide and 63 inches tall.
What to grow: This is perfect for vines that you plant directly in the ground. We recommend clematis, black-eyed Susan vine or morning glories.
Some plants naturally grow up but need just a little extra support. And for that, we like our stakes. All are crafted of sturdy materials, including iron and aluminum. Our Wind Spinner Garden Stake and our Morning Glory Garden Stake have a verdigris finish and unique finial toppers. They range in height from 37 to 43 inches when in the ground. Three others, the Frog on Bird Garden Stake, the Myrtle Garden Stake, and the Fran Garden Stake, are slightly taller at 46 inches in the ground. They’re made of black/brown forged iron and have colorful, hand-painted ceramic finials that are made here in Aurora, New York.
What to grow: Plants that are taller than two feet often need staking and might even fall over from the weight of their blossoms or in heavy rains or winds. Those include delphiniums, foxglove, hollyhocks, lilies, and dinnerplate dahlias.
Made of forged iron with an antiqued black/brown patina, this unique piece is accented with scrolling tendrils and the same iconic lady who graces our Mrs. Powers Garden Gate and our Mrs. Powers Dinner & Door Bell.
What to grow: The Tuteur is shaped much like a tomato cage with an open central column, so that makes it ideal in the vegetable garden for growing cherry tomatoes or vining vegetables, including scarlet runner beans and miniature cucumbers.
The classic terra cotta strawberry pot rises above when it’s Aurora Artisanal, meaning it’s handmade and hand-painted by our artisans in Aurora, New York, with our legacy Rose Cottage pattern that mixes florals and lattice.
What to grow: There are six openings in this terra cotta jar, and while strawberries might seem like the obvious choice to plant, there are several other options. We think it makes an idea planter for a mini herb garden, particularly if your gardening space is limited to a few pots and planters on a deck. Try it, too, with succulents or annuals like coleus.
The bottom line with vertical gardening, and we’d like to say this applies to your attitude about life as well: Always look up, and never stop reaching for new heights.