Gardens are climbing the walls these days – literally! A sunny wall or fence is an ideal environment for growing plants such as herbs, flowers and small vegies in a restricted space. No matter how basic your DIY ability, it’s easy to create a great feature wall. Here, we’ve planted up costsaving PVC gutters and arranged them in tiers, on a painted fence, with brilliant results.
Gather your supplies
• PVC Gutter (2.9m lengths)
• Gutter Stop-ends (you will need a left cap and right cap for each gutter)
• Icon PVC gutter brackets
• PVC glue
• Dy-Mark Revolution Plastic Primer
• Dulux Spraypak Quick Dry Gloss (in Violet Purple Enamel)
• Dulux Weathershield in Domino
You’ll also need
Electric drill; hacksaw; sandpaper; acetone; wood screws; spirit level; potting mix; cloth; selection of plants, flowers and herbs
Step 1 Using a hacksaw, cut each gutter in half to create two 1.45m lengths.
Step 2 Glue gutter stop-ends to each length, using PVC glue (with a left and right stop-end for each pipe)
Step 3 Drill a few drainage holes in bottom of each gutter, using a medium/large-sized drill bit.
Step 4 Using a cloth, wipe each gutter all over with acetone. This will help clean it, as well as ensure good paint adhesion.
Step 5 To further ensure that paint sticks to PVC without scratching off, spray each gutter all over with plastic primer.
Step 6 Spray each gutter with a top coat of gloss enamel. Allow to dry, then apply a second coat.
Step 7 Paint fence, using an outdoor grade paint. To speed things up, hire a paint sprayer from an equipment hire store. Paint gutter brackets the same colour as fence.
Step 8 Mark spaces for brackets, ensuring screws go through overlap section of palings (where wood is at its thickest point). Use 2 brackets per channel, leaving at least 20cm between each row.
Step 9 Slide gutters onto brackets, ensuring they are positioned correctly and secure.
Step 10 For planting, fill up gutters with potting mix to just below lip.
Step 11 Plant up gutters to create an attractive burst of colour. We used (from top to bottom) Dianthus, ‘Snow Princess’ alyssum, strawberry, Bidens ‘Tweety’ and mint. To complete the look, plant up foreground area with even more lovely bright flowers and plants – we used Viburnum odoratissimum edged with pink primulas and framed them with a pair of potted yuccas.