Make an entry more welcoming or wake up a lackluster corner of your patio with this clay pot tower. Easy-to-find and inexpensive, clay pots are stacked together to create color on high. Fill the planters with your favorite container plants. Trailing selections such as calibrachoa are especially striking as they spill over the edges of the pots.
Use a slow-release liquid fertilizer weekly when you water to keep the plants blooming and growing all season. If plants begin to grow spindly by later summer, cut them back by one-third to encourage new, lush growth. After the first frost, remove the plants and fill the planting spaces with mini pumpkins and gourds. Remove the pumpkins and gourds for the winter season and fill the planting spaces with evergreen branches, dried hydrangea blooms, and other texture-rich garden clippings.
Continue adding soil to the base pot until the soil is ½ inch below the pot rim.
Fill the uppermost clay pot with soil and plants. The pot pictured here is filled with yellow daisy-flower melampodium, trailing white-and-green 'Variegata' vinca, and a clump of chartreuse sweet flag.
A host of wonderful trailing plants will work very well in a pot tower like this one. When shopping for plants for your container, consider snowy white flowered bacopa; calibrachoa, which is available in a rainbow of colors; lime-green drought-tolerant licorice plant is always a good choice; and equally easy-to-grow dichondra. For colorful accent plants, look for flowering annuals that mature at 6 to 12 inches tall so they don't overwhelm the tower and mask the tiers above. Ageratum, begonias, bidens, impatiens, and geraniums are all long-flowering, low-growing annuals that are excellent for tower gardens like this one.
After planting, water each pot thoroughly. Start at the top of the tower so you can wash off any soil that spills over the rims.