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lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2009
4:34 AM

Post #6288515

I'll be doing a lot of containers this summer and I'm looking for ways to elevate some of the pots so they're not all sitting on the ground. I have a couple of plant stands that I'll use, but I need more. I'm not looking for verticle garden stands, but more like columns, plant stands, etc. Any suggestions for online vendors of reasonably priced plant stands or stores in the Fort Worth/Mid-Cities area would be appreciated. Also, any suggestions of other ways to create varying heights to add visual interest and to accommodate trailing plants would be appreciated. Come on all you creative container gardeners, bring on the ideas!

Thanks.

Sarah
duchessdreams
Reno, NV

March 19, 2009
6:49 PM

Post #6290532

PVC pipe, painted of course. Cinder blocks, chunks of wood, bricks, cut up sections of pallets. Upside down pot can make great pot stands.

And of course all of this can be painted or decorated anyway you like.
lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2009
7:15 PM

Post #6290668

Thanks, duchess. That will get me off to a good start.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2009
7:17 PM

Post #6290681

You can also get different heights of pots--I've seen some tall skinny ones, and if you combine variation in pot height with varying the height of the plants in them you can get quite a range of heights. And some of the tall skinny ones would be nice for your trailing plants too, they'd have quite a way to cascade down before you have to worry about them hitting the ground.
lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2009
7:21 PM

Post #6290715

Thanks ecrane3. Those are good suggestions also. There's a nursery here that usually has a sale on pots in March. I'll check out tall pots then.

Sarah

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 19, 2009
7:26 PM

Post #6290731

Tree stumps make nice ones.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2009
2:32 AM

Post #6292754

If you have a Hobby Lobby nearby, they have gardening pots/decor 50% off every other week. They have some really cool things.
lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6292811

Thanks, jlp. I wouldn't have thought to look there. There is one nearby so I'll check them out. Thanks.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2009
2:53 AM

Post #6292840

Welcome. You could also get square pavers and stack them either neatly or not. Then put the same size containers on the pavers stacked at different heights. I am doing that this year and it looks good. I got some dark brown and tan pavers and bronze pots.
lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2009
3:18 AM

Post #6292963

jpl, can you post a picture? I'd love to see how the colors look together.

Thanks. Sarah
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #6292998

I don't have my camera software installed on my computer, but I can take a picture with my phone tomorrow and post it. I really like that pavers, since you can do so many different things with them.
duchessdreams
Reno, NV

March 20, 2009
3:23 PM

Post #6294836

That sounds lovely jlp.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6297280

It is really hard to tell in this photo but the sedums are in clay pots that are sitting in PVC pipes and both the clay pots and pipes are painted the same color. The pipes were cut to different heights.

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gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #6297696

How about clay chimney liners?

http://www.superiorclay.com/flue-liners.php

For something more decorative:

http://claychimneypots.com/

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Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6302985

Ohhhhhh I love clay chimney liners! Years ago my sis had a bunch of different cactus and succulents in them. GREAT LOOK!

My partner just started building "prototypes" of various sized pedestals out of scrap 4"x4". Later today I'll try to go take a photo. Due to our Cedar trees we do a LOT of container gardening. I had made the comment I'd like to "level up" in a few places and he surprised me by puttering on some column type things from scrap wood.

Also...if we have to cut down anything... the stump stays. Just one more place for a bird house OR pot...lol

Here's one example. Every thing blooming in this photo is in a pot...but the bird house is on a short stump from a shrub we had to cut down. It blocked the view from the driveway when backing out. So...I saved the stump. Just another opportunity to change the height of something.



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Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6302992

This is a very old photo from my files. I have even turned over barrel halves and put pots on them in a pinch. HOWEVER...you better do some bug control under the inverted barrel half or it's a nice damp dark party atmosphere under there for slugs, sow bugs, earwigs and other little unwelcome plant chewing cooties!

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victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 22, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #6303088

I love those chimney liners and would like to use one for a fountain but they are $$$.
Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6303215

Oh dang... I haven't priced them. We have been thinking of getting 3 different heights and roping them together with old rope. It would be sort of a terracotta "pier" look...lol

I think my sis's husband got hers that were cast offs from a building site.
lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #6303267

I priced them yesterday and was disappointed by how expensive they were. I'll keep looking.
Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #6303279

Oh...make sure you ck your local Craigslist and Freecycle! I'll do that myself...

poof*
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 24, 2009
6:26 PM

Post #6313565

check for damaged chimney liners, it won't matter to you but the price should be better since they can't be used in a chimney.
Hastur
Houston, TX

March 24, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #6313747

I know that this is probably not going to completely fly, but milk crates, or the faux milk crates you can get for a couple of bucks at Target or the Dollar stores. Not only can they stack and make for nice towers, so that you can elevate your plants, they also can allow vines to grow on them, and, since they are trellis-y in nature, they allow for excellent drainage.

lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 24, 2009
7:19 PM

Post #6313768

Hastur, that's a great idea. Thanks.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 24, 2009
8:27 PM

Post #6314045

Then there is your always handy 5 gallon pickle bucket turned upside down. They paint up real nice if you make sure to clean them really good first. I saw one where they used a terra cotta colored paint and sort of smeared it on, it looked like the expensive pots. I get mine at the local high school for free.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2009
9:26 AM

Post #6316299

The flue liners weigh a ton.
I had three different heights for a tiered planter effect.
Just filled them and planted them.
The chimny pots must be expensive they dont list prices.
Probably the company doesnt want gardeners as customers, just builders who order in lots of 20.
The local dealer here is listed with an old phone number thats at least 8 years old.
I was bummed. The cathedral ones would make great markers for a garden path.I wonder when the company will get the idea there is a gardening market out there.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2010
2:35 PM

Post #7560660

Seems like this article could be helpful for staging a container garden:
http://www.finegardening.com/design/articles/staging-container-plant-display.aspx

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