When you can’t plant across, go up

London - There’s nothing new about vertical gardening. We have furnished fences and walls with climbing plants for centuries. But few would have considered vertical surfaces as up-ended gardens.

Now they are being used for growing salads, herbs, strawberries, tomatoes – anything that will grow in a container.

Bethwell Pekula works on his vertical garden in Joe Slovo in Cape Town. Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Imaginative gardeners are planting walls as living tapestries. French designer Patrick Blanc has led the revolution by cloaking buildings with green mantles in Singapore, Tokyo, San Francisco and London.

For small-scale vertical gardening, here are my tips:

The other constraint is watering. There are interesting module automated systems including Vertigarden planters (see – Daily Mail