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Upcycled Vertical Pallet Planter

By: Garden Gate staff
If you're looking for budget-friendly garden ideas, try upcycling a wooden pallet into a charming vertical planter with this simple modification.

upcycled-pallet-planter-lead: Purple perennial geraniums and sweet alyssum have shallow root systems, making them a good fit for this vertical pallet planter.

Go vertical with pallets

With only minimal modifications you can stand a pallet upright and turn it into a planter getting colorful flowers up at eye level. Fill an empty wall or mount it on stakes to add height to borders.

How to make an upcycled pallet planter

  1. Cut a double layer of landscape fabric to fit in between the pallet boards.
  2. Attach landscape fabric with heavy duty staples placed every few inches.
  3. Fill the troughs with lightweight potting mix and add your favorite plants.

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What to plant in your pallet planter

Trailing ground covers, such as perennial geranium (Geranium spp. and hybrids) and sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) planted above, or those with a mounded habit look the best in a planter like this because they cascade over the edges of the board. Those that grow really tall or upright, such as some ornamental grasses, aren’t a good fit for this situation.

upcycled-pallet-planter-planting2: Lantana and bacopa are heat- and drought-tolerant so will grow well even if your pallet planter is in a sunny location.

Other great plant options

  • Bacopa (Sutera cordata)
  • Gold moss sedum (Sedum acre)
  • Lantana (Lantana camara)
  • Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)
  • Moss phlox (Phlox subulata)
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
  • Perennial geranium (Geranium spp. and hybrids)
  • Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

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