Building a Tilting Clay Pots Garden

What You'll Need
Clay pots, several sizes
Pot stand or strong dowel
Garden materials such as soil, fertilizer, plants, etc.

Build your own tilting clay pots garden to make efficient, decorative use of limited space. This creative project allows you to grow a variety of plants in a vertical arrangement to save on space as well as create a stylized centerpiece to your porch or patio. Follow these steps to create a unique tilting clay pot arrangement.

Step 1—Make a Pot Stand

You can either purchase a pot stand or make one yourself from a piece of dowel or metal rebar. If you will make one yourself, drive the dowel into the ground at least 12 inches so that you will stabilize the pots. You will thread the pots over this dowel through their drainage holes.

Step 2—Put the Bottom Pot Down

Insert the first pot into the pot stand (or thread the hole in the bottom of the pot through the dowel). Terracotta pots are the perfect type for tilting clay pots. However, if you want to add more visual interest than just plain clay pots, you can paint them before beginning the project.

You will want to use pots sized appropriately for your pot stand or dowel. The largest pot will go on bottom with smaller ones stacked up the dowel or stand. The completed project will be heavy, so be sure to place it where you want it to go in this inital step. If you need to move it later, you will have to disassemble it in reverse order.

Fill the bottom pot halfway with rocks and gravel to weigh it down a bit. If you are using a dowel, fill the pot a little less than halfway with rocks and gravel. Fill the rest of the pot with potting soil.

Step 3—Add More Pots

Before planting anything, place the second pot onto the stack and position it in the direction you want. The angles of the pots are what adds visual interest to this project, so be creative. Fill the second pot with gravel and rocks, topping it off with potting soil.

Continue this process until you have used all your pots. The pots need to be successively smaller, not only for aesthetics, but to aid in the stability of the arrangement.

Step 4—Plant Away

Begin placing your plants in your new tilting clay pots. Consider mixing herbs or strawberries with hanging flowers or ivy for a striking balance.

When done, make sure to water the pots from the top down, and allow time for the water to soak into the soil so as not to run over the sides. Also, make sure to check the pots for balance and stability as the plants grow and add weight. For even more depth, you can add moss or other interest to the sides of the pots.