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Defy Gravity With A Flower Tower


My friend Helen discovered this fun little garden project and it worked perfectly in her garden. It is a tower of clay pots that seem to defy gravity.

The trick?

A long piece of rebar hammered into the ground.


(Rebar rods are those steel reinforcing rods used in construction. You can find them in the cement section of the home improvement centers.)

The other day, Helen arrived on my doorstep with a stack of pots and my own piece of rebar so that I could try it too. That is a true gardening friend!

This is how it is done…

Step one:

Hammer a 6 foot rebar into the ground (about 1.5-2 feet down). Then take one clay pot and run it over the re-bar through the drain hole so that it sits on the ground flat. That is your only straight pot. (The next pot will be placed at an angle.)


Step two:

Fill the bottom pot with soil so that the next pot has something to sit on. Then run the next pot down the bar and set it at an angle.


Step three:

Continue adding pots until you get to the top.

Step four:

Add soil and plants. Done!

I think it will look great when it fills in. And just think of the possibilities! I planted herbs and flowers, but wouldn’t this look great with strawberries or ivy or…Well, you get the idea.


Thanks Helen for this great idea!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.