Vertical Ascent

On the Ball A planter made from 80 percent recycled cast-iron allows vines to drape gesturally over its edges. ($155; Urban Nature)

A spate of new containers capitalizes on an upwardly mobile trend. For those with smaller gardens, a pot that allows for vertical growth is a space-saving godsend. Whether the container encourages upward growth or an orderly cascade over its edges, it has the advantage of a minimal footprint. Not all plants are suited to the often cramped up-and-down conditions. (We’re looking at you, space- and nutrient-hogging tomato.) But some edibles, like wild strawberries, happily trail downward while others, like Mexican sour gherkins, seem born to reach for the sky. 

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Climber Control The organic shapes of the Green Divider planter work as sculpture and as a frame for  vines  to cover.  (For more information, visit Offecct

This article was first published in Garden Design May 2012
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