This is something that is making me ponder the idea each time I see a representation of it or read a gardening article on the subject. We were on a trip to Thailand several years ago, and I was lucky enough to go to their version of the Chelsea Flower Show. There was an extraordinary display of vertical gardening and now 6 years later everyone is talking about it.
There is a great book by Derek Fell titled "Vertical Gardening" Grow Up, Not Out, For More Vegetables and Flowers for Much Less Space; the book talks about all kinds of vertical gardening from cool ways to stake vegetables to using the vertical kits that are out there right now.
If you have a small patio, deck, or simply want something green in your life and don't have a green thumb, this may be just what you need. There is a vertical wall with pockets that can be used for large more custom projects.....Jamie Drury just did this on HGTV recently
This on a smaller scale can be achieved by using a verticle kit.
You can take it down for the winter, and actually winter the plants over, I think this system will enable you to do some funky patterns in your gardening space. Here is a picture of Hens & Chicks that were planted in the vertical box....very modern looking and the picture is so cool it is now the background on my cell phone.
I'm seriously considering adding this on my outdoor deck in some fashion next spring/summer. I love succulents and I think this is a great way to make a statement in my garden with them and not take up a lot of room.
So, look around your town, neighborhood, tag sales, yard sales, and come up with your own way to "grow up" this spring/summer!!!!