The 5 Best Vertical Garden Kits in 2024

Vertical gardening is rapidly becoming a popular way to grow food and utilizing vertical garden kits makes it easier than ever!

Vertical garden kits are a great solution for those living in an apartment or city lot who are short on gardening space. It’s also ideal for avid gardeners (like me!) who like to keep their essentials such as herbs and greens close to the house to grab while cooking.

In this article, I break down everything that you need to know to successfully garden vertically while also discussing the top 5 vertical garden kits on the market. I even have some discounts for you! Who doesn’t like a good deal?!

Let’s go!A simple wooden vertical garden filled with growing plants

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What is a Vertical Garden?

A vertical garden is simply a framework that holds clusters of soil (eg: pots, growing trays, breathable socks, etc.) to grow plants vertically, rather than a traditional horizontal garden bed. Not only is this method a beautiful piece of outdoor decor, but it’s very functional as well!

Benefits of Vertical Gardening

Great for small spaces

If you live in a small city lot or apartment, this would be an excellent thing to try and provide another option beyond growing in grow bags.

By going vertical, you can grow A LOT of food in a small footprint. Vertical gardening opens up the possibilities for increasing self-sufficiency if you have limited space.

A photo of a large vertical garden growing up a building in an urban location

The awesome thing is that it can be set up anywhere as long as there is adequate sunlight. Look around and get creative with your options!

  • Patio
  • Deck
  • Garage wall
  • Fence
  • Rooftop
  • Create a privacy wall

Easy access for harvesting

If you have multiple generations at home or those with limited mobility, vertical gardening is a great way to access growing vegetables and herbs. No need to walk a great distance to a garden plot or bend over a garden bed!

Another benefit is having easy access to your plants while you are cooking. For me, I have a large garden, but it’s far from the house. Having my herbs and greens nearby to grab while cooking is very appealing! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done the dash out to the garden and back while food is cooking away on the stove!

Woman in wheelchair being embraced by granddaughter

Less weed pressure and pests

Vertical gardening really is a low-maintenance option for those who don’t get excited about pulling weeds daily. Less soil is visible in vertical gardens which means less opportunities for weeds to take root, plus vertical gardens are up away from the blowing seed heads in your yard. 

Moving from a traditional garden on the lawn to a vertical garden located on a patio or deck means less pests, too! Consider adding a few pots of flowers nearby to draw in beneficial pollinators.

Ambiance, decor and privacy

This may be the gardener in me, but my favorite way to decorate is with plants and vertical gardens are no exception. They are stunning! Not only are plants often cheaper than traditional decor, but you can eat them, too! What’s not to love?

If you have a nosy (or noisy!) neighbor or simply want more privacy, consider setting up a vertical garden as a privacy wall! 

Not only are vertical gardens beautiful, but research shows that gardening is associated with reductions in depression, anxiety, BMI, as well as increases in life satisfaction, quality of life and sense of community. Sign me up, right?!

Types of Vertical Garden Kits

There are several vertical garden kits on the market that make vertical gardening a breeze! There are many different styles, sizes and functionalities. Let’s dig into what option is best for you!

Wall vs Circular Vertical Garden Kits

Photo comparing wall vs circular vertical garden kits

Wall Vertical Garden Kits

Wall vertical garden kits are an excellent option for all gardeners, large and small. Not only is it a beautiful way to display your plants, but it’s very functional. This is my favorite type of vertical garden for several reasons. 

  • All plants have access to the sun at the same time
  • Less plastic involved
  • It’s a gorgeous way to display your plants, create a privacy wall or liven up a boring wall.
  • Some can be permanently secured, so you only need to set it up once!
  • Some are free-standing if you want a flexible option

Circular Vertical Garden Kits

Circular vertical garden kits are also popular because they are simple to set up and can be placed anywhere. However, there are some negatives associated with this option.

  • Needs rotated frequently so that all plants can have access to the sun
  • Largely made with plastic materials
  • May tip over in windy areas

Hydroponic vs Soil-Based

There are 2 types of growing mediums out there for vertical gardening: hydroponic and soil-based. Which one is best?

A photo of brassicas growing in a vertical garden

Hydroponic is a soilless option that is appealing at first glance. However, it requires a steady water supply and you’ll find that your results just won’t be as good at the end of the day. Plants should be grown in soil as God intended.

Soil contains a complex mixture of vitamins, minerals, and organic matter for strong plant growth. It also contains a diverse microbiome (beneficial bacteria) that improves your own microbiome, too! Soil is life! Soil is also much more forgiving. If you lose water supply, your plants will hang on much longer than if they were grown hydroponically.

*While I haven’t personally compared hydroponic to soil-based mediums for vertical gardening, I have compared the two while growing microgreens. The difference was shocking! I quickly gave up on hydroponic and now strictly use soil-based.

The 5 Best Vertical Garden Kits

Now that you hopefully have a good idea of what style of vertical garden kit is the best fit for you, let’s dive into my favorite 5 on the market!

#1 – Watex Green Living – 20% off!

Empty vertical garden kit by Watex

The Watex Urban Farming Vertical garden kits come with several different types of planters and many feature a drip irrigation kit. This consists of 1/4″ pipes pre-installed behind the panel to deliver water accurately and simultaneously to drippers positioned at each pot. This allows users to set up a water-saving and time-saving irrigation system for the plants that they are growing. If you go on a lot of vacations, the drip irrigation kit is a must!

The Expandable Green Wall Vertical Garden Kit (pictured above) is neat because you can continue to add units to expand your growing space as much as you’d like! While this design may be more plastic-heavy than others, Watex took the extra step to provide a recycled, BPA version.

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Watex Vertical Garden Kits

This Green Wall is ideal for small space gardening, and each panel comes with eight small (6.5"L x 4.75"W x 5.5"D) interchangeable pots with built-in irrigation system.

Product dimensions: 14" (L) x 24" (W) x 2"" (D)

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This is a 4-pack of the single Green Wall vertical garden kit above. Each of the 4 panels comes with eight small (6.5"L x 4.75"W x 5.5"D) interchangeable pots with built-in irrigation system for a total of 32 pots.

Product dimensions: 28" (L) x 48" (W) x 2"" (D)

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With this starter kit, you can create your own green patch as a beginner or a seasoned pro. This easy to install kit comes with a complete irrigation system. It mounts on any vertical wall or fence using the provided brackets. Includes: 4 small pots, 2 Medium Pots, 2 Large pots.

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#2 Three Tier Wooden Vertical Garden Kit

This wooden vertical garden kit is a great plastic-free option! This vertical garden kit is made out of 100% fir and has a nice free-standing design if you are short on wall space. It still provides a slim design with a 22″ depth. 

This product offers 3 large growing trays that will offer lots of flexibility when it comes to growing all sorts of vegetables and herbs. It already has drainage holes in place, so no need to drill those in later.

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A plastic-free option! Made of 100% Fir.

*Large planting trays to provide lots of options!
*Over 105" of linear growing space.

*Freestanding design

#3 Six Foot Freestanding Vertical Garden Kit

This is an easy-to-assemble vertical garden kit that has 4 different hanging plastic (new plastic; not recycled) containers that are each 27” long. It utilizes large planting bins like this, which allows you to start with larger, established plants.

This is a freestanding design, so it can be placed anywhere which is neat! It does have a larger footprint than your vertically mounted designs, but it is still slim and easy to place on your patio or deck.

TIP: This kit does not come with drainage holes! I highly recommend drilling some drainage holes in the bottom so that your plants don’t get waterlogged.

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*Frame Dimensions: D 23" x W 30" x H 65"

*Bin Dimentions: L 26.5" x W 9.5" x H 8" (28L or 1 cubic foot)

#4 Four Foot Freestanding Vertical Garden Kit

This 4 foot vertical gardening kit is the little brother to the 6 foot vertical gardening kit above. Identical construction, but on a smaller scale. Each planting container is only 22” long. Using large planting bins like this allows you to start with larger, established plants.

This is a freestanding design, so it can be placed anywhere! It does have a larger footprint than your vertically mounted designs, but it is still slim and easy to place on your patio or deck.

TIP: This kit does not come with drainage holes! I highly recommend drilling some drainage holes in the bottom so that your plants don’t get waterlogged.

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*Frame Dimensions: D 29" x W 25" x H 48"

*Bin Dimentions: L 21.75" x W 8" x H 6" (14L or 0.5 cubic foot)

#5 GreenStalk Vertical Garden Kit

This 5-Tier GreenStalk Vertical Garden comes with a total of 30 planting pockets. Each tier holds 1 cubic foot of potting mix, so this design will give you a total of 5 cubic feet of soil to plant in. One negative is that this design is very plastic-heavy and the plastic is not recycled.

This kit has drainage holes, plus it has a water reservoir system! Simply fill the top water reservoirs to the 5-tier mark whenever they need to be watered. The GreenStalk’s unique, patented watering system will deliver fresh water to each of the tiers/pockets below.

TIP: Since this kit features a circular design, you will need to remember to rotate it frequently so that all plants have access to sunlight.

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*Each tier holds 1 cubic foot of potting mix

What's in the Box:

5 Planters/Tiers - each with 6 planting pockets
4 Grey Watering Disks
1 Top Water Reservoir Instructions

Made exclusively for the GreenStalk Vertical Planter
Move and rotate your planter quickly and easily even on wooden decks

How to Garden Vertically 

Best types of plants for vertical gardening

You can plant anything in a vertical garden that has a shallow root system and a fairly compact nature. Vining vegetables like cucumbers, squash, and pole beans should be avoided because they’ll make a mess and crowd out the other plants. Vegetables with deep root systems like carrots and potatoes won’t thrive, either. Everything else will do great!

A vertical garden using lettuce

Vegetables – with links to my favorite varieties!

Herbs – with links to my favorite varieties!

Watering needs

Your vertical garden’s watering needs will depend on the kit that you purchase. Some of the kits will need manual watering every few days, while others can be connected to a hose to take care of it for you!

Type of soil to use

The best type of soil to use for vertical gardening is an organic, potting mix. Potting mixes are idea over standard garden soil because they contain organic matter like peat moss and vermiculite for adequate drainage.


Most vegetables and herbs require full sun (6-8+ hours of direct sunlight), so finding a sunny location for your vertical garden kit is best. However, some plants do fine with part-shade (3 hours of direct sun).

Plants that will grow in part-shade:

  • Greens like lettuce, kale, arugula, spinach, pac choy, and chard
  • Radish
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage
  • Garlic
  • Green onion
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley

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Final Thoughts on Vertical Garden Kits

Vertical gardening is an excellent way to make the most of a small space and increase accessibility. I’m confident that you’ll have great success with any of the vertical garden kits that we reviewed above. Please share with us how it’s going in the comments section below!

Happy gardening!

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19 thoughts on “The 5 Best Vertical Garden Kits in 2024”

  1. Beth-Anne Oliver

    Have you ever fenced in a verticals garden ? My problem is deer , chipmunks , or rabbits eating things
    I have pallets in the brown , but gardening failed due to mother nature’s friends . It may be easier to fence in a verticals garden than to fence in things on the ground . Thanks

  2. I love Greenstalk, #Greenstalk. This was year 3. Greenstalk has a #spinner allowing for easy rotation when planting and to ensure access to sun. I’m disabled and this allows me to be quite self-sustaining with gardens.
    In the summer, the sun is high. Also some plants need less direct sunlight. It is very easy to plant in a way that requires little rotation.
    #Greenstalk is a family owned/operated company that offers a great support to customers. #warrantee

  3. I have 2 garden beds in my backyard, and they can be a pain to care for sometimes. But I love the idea of adding these vertical garden kits to my backyard! So simple and so beautiful.

    1. Definitely! Vertical gardening really opens up some great options for accessibility. I’m adding one to my deck this year for easy-to-grab herbs while cooking and I can’t wait!

  4. Great info! Before I moved onto 50 acres, I lived in an RV park, in a 30×40 foot lot. We had 6-foot high chain length fencing up so we had a place for our dogs. I utilized that to grow up. I grew pumpkins, peas, pole beans, grapes, nasturtiums…you name it…if it trailed, I grew it up my fence.

  5. Great article! We use cattle panels for trellises, and this year we got the “Dollar Store GreenStalk” (because we can’t afford the real thing, yet… lol)… we’re going to be sinking a piece of rebar into the ground to help prevent the tip-overs.

  6. I would like to consider this for a next year project. We might be moving this year so I’m a little less adventurous with my garden planning this year, but I am loving the way this looks. Thanks for all the information!

  7. Moving soon and would love to build a vertical garden in our new yard, thanks for the ideas! I only started gardening last year so this is all new to me.

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