Climbing, Foundation and Container/Tower Plants

I have been reading the book Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell. I haven’t gotten very far into the book yet but I’ve already learned a lot of great information about planning my vertical garden.

I’ve put together my list of plants for next year’s garden. So now what?

Before starting to plot out the garden, I organized my plants into groups using the three types of plants mentioned in the Vertical Gardening book; Climbers, Foundation, and Container/Tower plants.


Climbers are exactly what they sound like. Plants that can grown up a structure. My breakdown is:

  • Bean, Blue Lake
  • Cucumber, Marketmore
  • Melon, Amish
  • Melon, Sweet Granite
  • Pea, Blue Podded Shell
  • Pea, Sutton’s
  • Pea, Oregon Sugar Pod II
  • Squash, Black Beauty Zucchini
  • Squash, Butternut
  • Squash, Lemon
  • Tomato, Black Beauty
  • Tomato, German Pink
  • Tomato, Martino’s Roma
  • Tomato, Riesentraube
  • Tomato, Yellow Cherry
  • Watermelon, Blacktail Mountain
  • Watermelon, Cream of Saskatchewan

Foundation Plants

Foundation plants grow at the base of the climbers. Mine include:

  • Bean, Black Valentine
  • Bean, Calypso
  • Bean, Red Kidney
  • Carrot
  • Eggplant
  • Onion, Flat of Italy
  • Onion, Stuttgartor
  • Pepper, Golden Treasure
  • Pepper, King of North
  • Pepper, Banana
  • Spinach, Bloomsdale
  • Spinach, Nobel

Container/Tower Pot

The final group are plants that can be grown in towered pots or containers. This could be a wide range of plants, but here’s my list:

  • Broccoli
  • Potato, Desiree
  • Potato, Purple Vikings
  • Radish, Holmes’ Royal red
  • Radish, China Rose
  • Strawberry, Old North Sea
  • Strawberry, Alexandria A
  • Garlic, Broadleaf
  • Garlic, Chesnok
  • Brussel Sprout, Groniner

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