I was getting my hair done a few months ago and my hairdresser showed me her latest creation – a topsy turvy planter creation (also called Tipsy Pots.) At that point I had not seen topsy turvy planters, they they are now appearing everywhere, particularly on Pinterest and Facebook.
I love the hap hazard way that the pots are arranged and then planted. They give a whimsical look to any garden setting. The sky is the limit on color, or you can just leave them in a natural terra cotta or galvanized look.
To make your own Topsy turvy Planter, you will need a long piece of rebar, a group of graduated sized terra cotta plant pots, potting soil and some flowers. Plastic pots will work too but I like terra cotta because the pots are going to be placed on a slant and plastic might give a bit over time from the weight.
Just start from the bottom. Place the piece of rebar into the hole of the bottom planter and add your potting soil. Keep layering the next pots (one size down each time) and try to keep the rebar centered and straight as you go up. Sometimes the design features pots that get smaller as you go up for the best effect and to keep the whole thing stable. (but not all tipsy planters are done this way, as the photos below demonstrate.)
When you get as tall as you want, cut the rebar off so that it is not visible above the soil.
If you are creative, you can paint the pots before you start with colors of the flowers you plant to add to them
Not all planters use graduated sized pots. Some really defy gravity by using pots all the same size!
Here are some of my favorite topsy turvy planters.
This stunning design by Barb Rosen of Our Fairfield Home and Garden is at the top of my list. It is just overflowing with plants and almost hides the planters. You can view Barb’s tutorial at Our Fairfield Home and Garden.
This design would be perfect near a door close to the kitchen. It is filled with home grown herbs. Nice color contrast with all green and terra cotta too. Source From dates to diapers
Got the blues? Bright blue painted pots against a plain fence make a colorful contrast, and the pretty flowers look so bright against the blue. Source Home Stories A to ZWhat a lovely entry planter. This grouping uses plastic pots in one color and a more uniform size and dresses up the corner of a front porch nicely. source Mama’s NookCute as can be and nostalgic too. Reminds me of American Graffiti for some reason. Pink and black polka dot topsy turvy planter. Source PhotobucketThis rustic look is wonderful for the fruit and veggies instead of the normal flowers. They look right at home in the galvanized tubs. I love the disparity of sizes too. Great topsy Turvy Washtub grouping Source – Cottage at the CrossroadsThis image shows the sizes of the graduated pots for building a Topsy Turvy planter of your own. Source Building it on Pennies. Why not try one today?
Melissa from Empress of Dirt, also has a tutorial for building her planter. She calls hers Tipsy Pots. One can see why. They seem almost gravity defying, don’t they. Her pansies look right at home in the rustic terra cotta pots of this planter. Visit Melissa’s tutorial at Empress of Dirt.
Do I have you hooked on Topsy Turvy Planters yet? Which is your favorite?
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