Container Garden Tower Pyramid – How To Build It
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At the end of a pathway, just as it intersects my back patio, I have a giant empty space. Using my experience with taller container towers and a shorter container garden tower which I built in the past, I decided to expand on the creative container idea and fill that problematic empty space with ::drumroll please:: a container garden tower pyramid. Herbs, vegetables, and annuals mixed well in the shade garden containers adding an interesting touch of design to the back garden. Ta dah!
How To Build A Container Garden Tower Pyramid
- Plan your garden container design location. The pyramid needs to rest on a level area of soil or patio.
- Find 3 large containers that are the same size for the bottom of your pyramid. Fill them with planting soil (I used Organic Mechanics Premium Soil); it helps if the base of the pyramid is heavy and stable.
- Place the 3 large containers on the ground touching each other.
- Get 4 medium sized containers, fill them with soil.
- Place 3 of the medium containers inside the larger containers on top of the soil. Move them so that their sides are touching (see photos).
- Make sure everything is level.
- Place the last medium container on the top of the stack, forming the pyramid shape.
- Plant up and water well.
What plants I used:
- Begonia – Dragon Wing™ Red from Ball Horticultural
- Chocolate Mint from Bonnie Plants
- Coleus – Kong™ Rose Coleus from Ball Horticultural
- Coleus – Fancy Rainbow Mix from Jung Seed
- Kale – Redbor from Botanical Interests Seeds
- Summer Wave® Bouquet Torenia from Suntory
Love this idea. How clever! Your little (?) yard is so pretty; I can’t really tell how much property is yours but the area you show is lovely. I am curious about the tree and how the base is covered with flagstone. Is there gravel in between and does that allow the roots to get air? Or is that even a concern for a tree that large. I am just beginning my MG training and so I’m a novice but very curious about all things garden. Thanks for this little tutorial!
The link to the shorter container garden takes you to an article about a maggot ridden dog.
Oh jeesh. Let me check it out.
Thanks Nora – I totally fixed that link. Kinda crazy. EEK! 🙂
Hi Karen! Trees can get their roots trampled, there is no denying it. The flagstone has “lime screenings” in between which allows water to flow through the flagstone. There is also a 3 foot area around the base of the tree that is left open. The tree is the same as it was before the installation many years ago and does not seem to be affected by the flagstone.
And yes – the yard is less than an acre total front and back, but more than a half-acre. So it is rather small in comparison with many other suburban properties.
Thanks for your comments Karen!
I love that idea! I’ll try it this spring!
Looks cool, Shawna! I’ve pinned it to my planning board for this year. A question about the red kale – did you grow it from seed, or buy it as a plant? Also, any issues with squirrels/animals topping it over?
I bought the kale at a fantastic local independent garden center called “The Planter’s Palette”. It was pregrown as a plant.
Squirrels do not topple the plants.
I love this stacked planter! Looks gorgeous and sounds so simple. Is it four large pots at the bottom, or just three?