Tiered outdoor planters are wonderful for adding height to your garden, and an easy way to try your hand at container vertical gardening. Making your own tiered flower pots vertical planter is fun and easy! In this post, I will show you how to make a tiered planter, step by step. You’re gonna love it!
Not only does it look amazing, but a stacked pot tiered planter like this one is a wonderful way to grow vertically! It takes up less space, and you can grow more plants! Perfect for the deck or patio, and a great way to get started with vertical gardening.
This project is ridiculously easy, and can be done almost for free if you have a lot of plant pots sitting around like I do.
It took me less than 20 minutes to complete this project, and that includes the time it took for me to find the perfect garden pots in the garage.
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How To Make A Tiered Planter
Before getting started, choose a location that is level for your planter. Then plan to build the planter right on that spot, rather than building it somewhere else and trying to move it. It will be heavy and difficult to move once you have it completed.
- Three or four stackable planters. Each flower pot should be smaller than the one below it, allowing enough room for the plants to grow. All of them should have drainage holes on the bottom.
- Container gardening soil (or make your own container soil using my recipe)
- Level (optional)
Step 1: Level the base container for your tiered planter – You want to make sure that the bottom pot is completely level so that your DIY tiered planter will sit level and won’t topple over. So place the largest pot on a level service, and use a level to make sure it’s not leaning to one side.
To make it easier to level my planter, I put a flat stepping stone down first and leveled that. Once you’ve leveled the bottom pot, fill it with dirt.
Step 2: Stack the next largest flower pot on top of the pot below it – Fill the next largest pot with dirt and then place it on top in the center of the one you just put down. Press the pot into the soil a bit to stabilize and level it.
I buried about a 1/4 of each pot into the soil of the pot beneath it to give it more stability. If you want it even more stable, you can bury it deeper. Once you’ve placed the second pot, check to be sure it’s level too.
Continue centering, leveling, filling and stacking the smaller pots on top of each other until you have your multi tiered planter completed.
Step 3: Plant it! – Now comes the fun part, planting your tiered pots! Be sure to select potted plants that will thrive in the sun exposure of the area where you built your planter. You can use your tiered outdoor planters to grow flowers, herbs or vegetables.
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One thing to note: My planter is in a protected corner where it won’t be affected by wind or severe weather.
If you plan to put your tiered flower pots in an open area, I would recommend using ceramic or terracotta pots that are heavier, rather than ones made out of a lightweight material like plastic plant pots.
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If you want to use plastic pots, you could put rocks in the bottom of each pot to add more weight. This will help ensure your tiered pots won’t tumble over in a strong wind.
This project allows you to be creative; mix and match pots with bright colors to create a pop of color in the garden. Each flower pot could be the same style, or use pots with different textures to create visual interest.
You could make a couple of them and put them around the yard, or use them as porch or deck planters. Each one could be completely different, or they could be the same. The possibilities for tiered planter ideas are endless.
Oh, and you don’t need to use four pots like I did, you could create a 3-tier flower planter instead if you want, but I wouldn’t go more than four or five pots high, or the planter might get too top heavy.
The thing I like the most about my new corner planter is that all the pots are different, making it totally unique.
I love the height this easy vertical planter adds to the boring corner of my yard. I plan to make one for my deck next, and maybe a couple for my front porch!
What a fun way to put all those pots I have in storage to use every year. Now all that’s left is to brag to your friends about how you built this cool tiered planter for practically free! Up next, find the perfect container plants to use here.
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Have you made a DIY tiered planter yet? Share you experience in the comments section below.