Contain a stack of small stones with tomato cages for an easy planter pedestal. Place a colorful container on top for the finishing touch.
Read step by step instructions after the video.

The art of the gabion (a metal cage that holds stones) has been gaining popularity in the United States. Long used in Europe and Australia, gabions form table and bench supports, modern retaining walls, fire pits, and planters. For this twist on a gabion, all you need are three sturdy wire tomato cages, fieldstones, and a round paver for a top. With a few cuts and a few stones, you will have a trendy, durable stand that creates vertical interest in the garden. To save money, use stones from your yard or buy small river stones in bulk from a quarry. Other possible toppers include a weathered wood slice, round metal tray, or a scrap of slate. This planter takes only about an hour to make but can last years in your garden.

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 45 mins
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Cutting Wire

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

tying wire around gabion cage
Step 1

Nest Cages

Invert the three tomato cages and nest them. Turn each cage to create even grid openings. Wrap 4-inch lengths of wire at a few intersections around the cages to secure the gabion together.

using wire cutters to trim gabion cage
Step 2

Cut Off Cage Legs

Wearing eye protection and gloves, use a bolt cutter ($38, The Home Depot) to nip all the spiked anchor legs. Trim the legs to be even with the top ring. Even cuts will help ensure that the planter top stays level and sturdy.

tapered circle planters tomato cage rope-wrapped farmhouse plant stands front stoop
Play Video
Tomato Cage Plant Stand

Repurpose a wire tomato cage to create a tall plant stand perfect for a front stoop container garden. Add rustic flair with rope-wrapped rows.

gabion cage filled with stones on mulch
Step 3

Fill Cage

Set the gabion cage in place and fill with fieldstones. Drop the largest stones in first and arrange smaller rocks to fill the space without large gaps.

gabion plant stand with flowers
Step 4

Top With Paver and Planter

Center a paver on top of the filled tomato cages. Place a planted container of your choice on the paver.

Editor's Tip
Instead of Rocks

For a more refined look, or to add color, fill the gabion with stainless steel garden globes. You can find globe sets with various sphere sizes online or at nurseries. The globes last for years and can be used for future projects.

By Risa Quade


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