If your garden design is hitting the bricks, Chicago-based interior designer Frank Ponterio and Mariani Landscape have the solution: Hang earthen pots and lined wicker baskets. Nix a polka-dot effect by filling them with green ivy or sedge.
Steal the scene with this weather-resistant metal tuteur-a four-sided pyramid trellis for vigorous vines like trumpet honeysuckle, cup-and-saucer, or purple passionflower. Available in 5- and 6-foot heights and seven colors, including oxide, shown. Order this tuteur like this with a sphere or a screw-on bird feeder, birdhouse or bee bungalow topper. terratrellis.com
4 fast-growing vines
Looking for an intriguing climber that'll reach 10-plus feet in two months? We've got you covered.
1 Chocolate vine 'Silver Bells' Rosy blooms and small, mild fruits adorn the 15 feet it sends out in sun or partial shade. 2 Scarlet runner bean This one zips to 10 feet and sets showy scarlet blooms. Eat the pods whole or just the beans. 3 Dutchman's Pipe Curving trumpet flowers brighten the 30 feet it can reach in just eight weeks. 4 Moonflower Fragrant 6-inch purple or white flowers bloom each evening on the 10–15 feet of this morning glory species.
Chicago's Shawna Coronado, author of Grow a Living Wall (Cool Springs Press), shares why she gardens skyward.
1 Grow anywhere Put these gardens right where you want them-a balcony, patio, garage wall or fence. 2 It's easy Once you plant the garden, it's super-low maintenance. No weeding! 3 Less is more Because the plants are up off the ground, they have better air circulation (so less fungus or rot). They're also ideal for pollinators while being less susceptible to pests that are at home on the ground. 4 Super saver Prevent waste by installing an automatic drip line that encourages water to trickle top to bottom. Planting tightly to fit a container results in a compact root system that holds moisture better. 5 You'll like the math Planting veggies? If you go vertical, you can grow dozens of plants in a small footprint rather than a couple of space-eating rows.