July 20, 2010

Fun Stacked Herb Planter Tower

Last fall, I saw this project on Garden Fresh Living and anxiously waited until this summer to be able to try. Check out how I made my own version of these "gravity defying" stacked flower tower pots.

For my version, I started off with some terra cotta pots and painted either the base or lip of each one in a summery green or orange color.

Then I bought a plant support stake and used a rubber mallet to hammer it into the ground. To be honest, I bought a plastic stake, but really should have bought a metal one. I think I will redo this project with a metal stake so I'm able to support more plants.


Next, I inserted my first pot on top of the stake and through the hole on the bottom of the pot. I have some yummy fresh basil growing in this pot.

Then I added the second planter which contains a carefully planted cilantro plant on the right side of the pot. I angled this planter while inserting it over the stake, so it would have a toppled effect once on.

Next, I placed another pot (in alternating colors), angled to the left over the stake. This planter contains another basil plant. Now my herbs grow in a cute stacked tower that has the clever look that it might tip over at any time! I actually have a fourth pot planted with mint that I'd like to add to this stack as well, but I will need to change the support stake to something sturdier so it can handle four pots. I think four pots would be a great look for these stacked planters, but for now I'm enjoying my basil and cilantro planted in this cute way!


How about you, do you plant anything in an unusual way? Do tell!

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Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is so cool! I really want to try it!

La said...

Great idea. I may try that next year. It reminds me of the cakes you see on the Food Network...all topsy turvy.

Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

Love it !!!

Ann Crosby said...

I have loved these since the first time I saw one and SO wanted to make one this summer but the summer is sneaking away from me. Way too many projects and not enough time to get them all done. I have put it on my spring 2011 list of things to do and can't wait.

Looks great!!!!

EllensCreativePassage said...

What a great idea...gives sort of a Dr. Seuss-ish look to your garden! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Very creative! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday @PonyTails&FishScales!

Unknown said...

I love these! We appreciate you joining us this week at Anything Related!

Unknown said...

Saw this this morning and going to Home Depot soon to buy all the items to do this. I love it so much, I just have to do it. I will plant flowers, herbs and plants. I live in So Cal so I think most items planting should hold out all year long. At least I am hoping. Not much of a green thumb but just bought a house and would love to see this in my yard.

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

Hi Julie,

I'm so happy you like this stacked planter! Now that I've had this planter for a while, one recommendation I'd make is to use bigger pots, at least use a bigger pot as the base. While my herbs survived in this planter, I think they would have flourished more if I had used bigger pots that gave them more room to go. Also, make sure the rod you use in between the pots is really sturdy! Good luck! Hope it works out for you and I'd love to see some photos of your's once you set it up!

<3 Jenny

Anonymous said...

I love his, will be giving it to mom as a Mothers Day present! Do you think plastic pots will work just as well?