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Perfect pallet garden ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: April 24th, 2022

Repurpose your timber pallets into a flourishing garden oasis!

Are you looking for new and creative ways to spice up your garden? Well, pallet gardens not only look cool but are an awesome sustainable way to use upcycled materials by giving them a new life! As pallets are generally used for transporting goods, they are made of sturdy treated hardwood that is made to last. Thousands of unwanted pallets end up in landfill every year, so as well as creating an innovative garden solution that looks great, you will also be contributing to a better environment for us all – so gardening with pallets is a no brainer.

Here are 25+ pallet garden ideas to try!

1. Clever climber

Plants that love to climb work perfectly on pallets set up like this. You can train their inquisitive tendrils to climb vertically as well as horizontally on the structure. Face your pallet towards the sun for optimum growth of your clever climbers.

Source: Photo by Daniel Tafjord on Unsplash

2. Flower pots

So, you don’t have a green thumb? No problemo! Buy flowering potted plants and cute white pots and replace the plants as needed. Paint your pallet white, pop on your pots and voila – you have an instant garden pallet.

3. Homegrown produce

It is so satisfying to eat the produce you have grown yourself. Not only does it make you feel healthier, it makes you feel great knowing you’re making a sustainable choice. A wooden pallet is one of the easiest and quickest ways to achieve your very own home vegetable garden. Keep it organic and healthy and get those greens into you!

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4. Space saver

A little can go a long way. Wooden pallets used as planting boxes give three levels of planting space. A perfect way to enjoy a variety of your favourite flowering plants in a small space. Whether you have your pallet garden actually in your garden or on a balcony, it is an easy way to showcase your plants.

5. Planting box

Deconstruct your pallet and grab your nail gun. Build yourself a square to the height of your choice and you have yourself a rustic, budget friendly planter box with great drainage—and it’s eco-friendly to boot.

6. Pallet shelving

If you have limited space for a garden or you live in an apartment, a wooden pallet makes the perfect shelving solution for your pot plants. Instead of scattering your plants around the balcony floor or the patio, place them on a pallet of shelves (or as above, deconstruct the pallet and put together shelving of your design.

Source: Photo by Federica Galli on Unsplash

7. Take your pick

A great way to showcase your herbs is by growing them in an upright wooden pallet. Herb names can be engraved on the wood, though you may want to consider seeing how your herbs grow before permanently engraving their names into the wood grain! And remember, the herbs you choose for your top shelf need to be the sun lovers, whereas the ones on the middle and bottom shelf can enjoy a bit of sunshine and shade.

8. Succulent display

Vertical wooden pallets are the perfect way to display pretty succulents. Plant muted green succulents at the base and scatter the same colour throughout to give your garden symmetry and some order whilst still allowing lots of creativity with bright colour and interesting shapes.

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9. Painted pallet

A couple of pallets joined together and fixed against a fence creates an ideal planter for your herbs. The triple decker nature of the structure means more planting room and versatility. The best thing is minimal bending over whilst picking and planting your herbs. That’s got to be a huge plus when cooking up a storm and having your herbs at the ready!

10. Colourful feature

Why not get creative and colour your wooden pallet? A striking use of primary colours certainly makes a statement, showcasing your potted plants. Get creative!

Source: Photo by Matt Seymour on Unsplash

11. Balcony convenience

Clean, bold and oh-so-sturdy. For a durable and long lasting addition to a balcony, pallets can be customised to fit any space. And you’ll bring that magical garden feel to apartment living. It is also a good idea to put a mini blackboard in front of each plant so they can be labelled in chalk.

12. Floor pallet

I’m really getting memories of my childhood picking ripe, juicy strawberries planted by my father when I look at this image. You’ll need to put a lot of thought into placing and positioning plants like strawberry plants into wooden pallets, to ensure they are all perfectly lined up and ready to yield the best fruit.

For more ideas, see also our article on raised garden beds.

Source: Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

13. Flowers galore

My favourite kind of garden? An instant one! Get your pallet sanded to its raw state to give it a rustic look. Head to your favourite garden centre and buy potted flowered plants in an array of striking and contrasting colours. I also love the idea of using a pallet as a table top and using another one upright for your garden shelves.

Source: Photo by Adonyi Gábor from Pexels

14. Veggie patch pallet

If you lay your pallet down flat, you will have the perfect veggie garden with simple planting rows ready to add soil and seedlings! You will get fabulous drainage and the already elevated beds means no digging in hard ground. Just add your soil ready for planting. Nothing is better than eating what you have grown yourself in your very own kitchen garden.

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15. Hanging bottles

Pallet lovers come up with some clever ideas. Who would have thought of cutting the bottom off a bottle, turning it upside down and filling it with dirt to grow plants? Hang these from your wooden pallet and you have yourself a strawberry garden and herb garden.  What fun when you start picking your home grown strawberries for breakfast.

16. Little festoon lights

A pretty pallet garden can look fun and fabulous during the day, but add some lighting and it takes it to a whole other level when the sun goes down. Impress your dinner guests with your lit up garden. A string of light bulbs certainly adds that wow factor. Here are a bunch of other fairy light ideas as well that will would outside (and inside) the home.

Source: Photo by Kevin Fitzgerald on Unsplash

17. Floating pots

Hanging your pots from a wooden pallet fence keeps them looking neat and organised. It really makes it easy to swap pots around when you need to replace plants or want a different look. Also adding hooks here and there allows you to creates a stunning garden wall with garden art! And it can also double up as a pretty privacy wall.

Of you want to add a little bit more privacy in your garden rather than just a pallet, here are privacy fence ideas that you could use in your home.

18. Labelled pallet

It’s a bit inconvenient when you forget what those herbs are that you have planted in your pallet garden! For those very organised people out there, here is the perfect solution for you – label your pallet! Be as creative or as neat with your labels as you like.  When you ask your sous chef to grab some oregano, you won’t end up with basil.

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19. Countryside vibes

Dreaming of a cottage in the countryside? Get the look with white-painted pallets that showcase potted flowers perfectly. Create a cute corner of coloured country charm!

20. Levelled garden

Stagger your pallets in a step like formation. Plants should be thoughtfully placed so they grow with plenty of room to flourish. A lattice behind the garden bed pallet will also encourage the creepers.

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21. Pastel posies

Paint your pallet garden green and fill it with colourful yellow and purple pansies. It will look oh-so-pretty against the brown of a wooden fence. Or paint your pallet with popping turquoise paint to add cuteness to a quaint cottage garden.

22. Herb garden

Growing fewer types of herbs can be more successful if you know what works best in your own particular area and climate. Just don’t forget the labelling!

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23. Convenient herbs

The beauty of using a wooden pallet for your herbs is that you can have it situated close to your kitchen. A pallet can be as permanent or temporary as you wish. If you find your herbs don’t flourish where you’ve put them, you can move the pallet to a different position. Be sure to read labels to see how much sunlight and how much shade they need… And make sure you water them!

24. Dried herbs

Dried herbs have never looked so interesting! Hanging a wooden pallet from the ceiling is a perfect way to hang herbs to dry or indeed to ripen a hand of bananas. Lots of hooks provide plenty of room to hang other décor and goodies.

25. Pallet table

Pallets can also be used to create an indoor garden. For example this converted pallet table is a clever addition to a living room, holding candles, succulents and fluffy grasses in vases—perfect for those Boho vibes!

Source: Photo by Maddison Fantillo on Unsplash

26. Garden wedding

And finally, pallets can also come in very handy for a backyard wedding. They’ll provide an easy, cheap way to set up tables, with cushions for seating. It’s uncomplicated and aesthetically pleasing and oh-so-atmospheric!

Source: Photo by Burak Evlivan from Pexels

And that concludes our pallet garden ideas! I absolutely love the pallets that include herbs or flowers. Which idea are you going to try? Let me know in the comments below!


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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