How To Minimize Drill Holes in Your Walls For Plant Walls

How To Minimize Drill Holes in Your Walls For Plant Walls

So you love the vertical gardening look, but you’re limited on how many holes you can drill into your walls (or you're restricted to none)? Don’t worry - we’ve got some solutions for you.

As you may know, the recommended way to install our planters (using included hardware) requires at least one drill hole. However, you may be a renter with a picky landlord, or you’re living in a temporary space you just don’t want to drill into. Or, perhaps you want to go all out and have a giant vertical plant wall, but the idea of 20 holes in your wall understandably freaks you out! Well, here are a few alternate, creative ways you can install your vertical garden, allowing your plants to reap all the great health benefits our planters have to offer with minimal holes in your walls.


Creating a Buffer

When creating a plant wall with multiple planters, one way to minimize the amount of holes you drill into the wall is to create a buffer - installing your Eco brackets or Loop knobs onto a portable medium such as a plywood plank, then installing that plank to the wall, using fewer holes than would be necessary for each planter.

Another idea is to use a trellis or grid as a wall covering, then simply attaching your planks to the vertices of the trellis or grid with zip ties (or with Loop, tie your cord around the vertices and hang). 


Buffer material ideas:

Wally Eco plant walls

Plywood planks @deep_rooted_co Charcoal Wally Eco | @_catherine_sutton_ Stone Wally Eco


Wally Eco installs
Plywood sheet or flooring | White Wally Eco | White Wally Eco


Theplantjunkie trellis Wally Eco wallsGarden trellis or lattice fence | @theplantjunkie Rose and Mint (retired color) Wally Eco, Mint Wally Eco and Terracotta Loop

   Gridded Wally Eco installsWire or plastic grid | @egooin White Wally Eco | @theplantjunkie Charcoal Wally Eco


See how @theplantjunkie created her patio trellis Eco install here!


Spice it Up

Wally Eco plant walls White Wally Eco | @cassadazzle White Wally Eco

The added bonus of using a method such as a buffer is that you have the benefit of customizing your install in creative ways. For example, if using plywood, you can paint or finish the plywood however you like to achieve the look you’re going for. This method is especially great if you want to create a nice color block or camouflage effect. Let’s say you have a beige wall but you want a full, flush plant wall using Espresso Eco planters. Get your planters, paint the plywood the color to match the Espresso (matching BEHR paint swatches are listed on each planter’s shop page!), and no matter what the existing wall color is, just like that you’ve created a full look, where the planters can blend into their background and let the plants stand out.

There are all kinds of other ways to jazz up your look, such as re-purposing a vintage frame or even adding shiplap boarding around to give it more of a rustic look. 

See how @cassadazzle made the frame for the above plant wall here!


Zero Wall Hole Options

If you have absolutely no option to drill into your walls, don’t lose hope - there are still a few alternative ways to display your planters.


Wally Eco Slanted Plank Walls

@miacarlenee Espresso Wally Eco | @lostinplantopia White Wally Eco

Create a portable plant wall with a slanted plywood accent piece

When using a buffer, you don’t always have to then install that piece to your wall. Instead, take your plywood and install your planters on it, then lean it up against a wall or railing to create a modular plant wall. It’s easy to move around if your plants aren’t loving a certain spot - and no holes to patch in your wall, either! Above, @lostinplantopia created their slanted plant wall by upcycling a vintage door as their backing. 

See how we created a portable plant tower using a retired color of Wally Eco here.


Tatjana's World - Terracotta Wally Eco

@tatjanas_world_ Terracotta Wally Eco

Can’t drill inside? What about outside?

Remember, WallyGro planters are guaranteed for outdoor use as well, so if your climate allows, you could easily have a vertical garden outside.

See how to install Wally Eco planters on a chain-link fence here.


Loop and Eco on flat surfaces

@wallygro Terracotta Loop | @amiesueoldfather White Wally Eco

Sitting on a flat surface

If drilling is absolutely out of the question, our Loop planters are also designed to sit flat, and some people have used the Eco on flat surfaces, too. While this may not be the vertical garden that you were hoping for, keep in mind there is still room to be creative, such as lining a few up on a table, windowsill or shelf. They’ll still look cute while your plants are reaping all the great benefits our planters have to offer!


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