Rain gutters used for a garden is a great way to improve those vertical wall spaces around your home to grow flowers, edibles or create a classic style space divider or privacy screen. Since copper will last for hundreds of years with minimal maintenance the material cost is well worth the expenditure (but you can also use a cheaper material).
Match historical gutters look
Here’s an idea for a classic looking DIY copper gutter garden planter. When we say classic we mean like the rain gutters that were installed on classic historical homes….made from copper with a spring-like bright finish when first installed aging with a patina finish that darkens over time.
Use copper or vinyl
If you're DIY challenged with small outdoor spaces or think that you have no room for a garden, this vertical garden DIY idea is a great space-saver. And, if you’re on a tight budget, instead of classic copper, you can always use vinyl for your gutter planter and paint the outside to match the metal material color or any other color to match your landscaping and home décor.
Watch video above left for a DIY hanging gutter planter project.
All you need are:
- copper gutters and end caps, half-circle profile
- matching half-circle hangers with hanger clips
- brass screws and wall anchor fasteners
- level and drill.
- Check local roofing contractors in your area for suppliers of the half-circle profile type gutters you decide on. They should also have the hangers, clips and fasteners. Any of the big box stores will have DIY snap-together plastic gutters, hangers and fasteners if you decide to go that route. Order the length of material you need.
- Find a spot that catches at least 4 hours of sunlight each day to connect your gutter planter gardens and that will be strong enough to support the weight of the soil when it's wet.
- Mark a level line on supporting wall area, measure for bracket hangers per manufacturers support spacing recommendations.
- Attach end caps to planter lengths, one left and one right.
- Install half-circle hanger support brackets to level line, place gutter planter lengths and secure with hanger clips provided by manufacturer.
- Fill lengths with soil and plant up.
- This garden works best with shallow-rooted plants like arugula, herbs, strawberries, and some flowers.
- Don't water your new gardens with a hose, unless you want to blast out all the soil.
- Consider building a DIY trellis or fence to mount your gutter.