Best Topsy Turvy Planters – Creative Gardening Tipsy Pots

Topsy Turvy Planters Put your garden on the Slant

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.

To make your own Topsy turvy Planter, you will need a long piece of rebar, a group of graduated sized terra cotta plant pots, 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.

Tipsy pots and Topsy Turvy PlantersJust start from the bottom.  Place the piece of rebar into the hole of the bottom planter and add soil.  Keep layering the next pots (one size down each time) and try to keep the rebar centered and straight as you go up. 

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.

Fabulous tipsy pot planterThis 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.

topsy turvy plantersThis 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

topsy turvy planter in blueGot 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 Ztopsy turvy planter in plasticWhat 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 Nooktopsy turvy planter polka dotCute as can be and nostalgic too. Reminds me of American Graffiti for some reason. Pink and black polka dot topsy turvy planter.  Source Photobuckettopsy turvy planter washtubsThis 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 Crossroadstopsy turvy planter sizes of potsThis 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?

Topsy turvy planter tutorialMelissa 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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  9 comments for “Best Topsy Turvy Planters – Creative Gardening Tipsy Pots

  1. cathy o'neal
    07/16/2013 at 8:02 pm

    I tried this for my garden and I got a lot of nice respond from family and friends. I like to thank you for this ideal.

    • admin
      07/16/2013 at 8:52 pm

      Glad to hear it worked for you!

  2. Lisa Green
    04/17/2014 at 9:44 pm

    These are so awesome! But I don’t understand how they get “topsy turvy” with one long piece of rebar. It seems like they would be going up straight, just graduated. Is the rebar bent someway? What am I missing? (Besides some brains maybe) LOL

    • admin
      04/18/2014 at 8:47 am

      HI Lisa. No, the rebar is straight. Each pot is smaller then the one below it, so it is easy to angle it slightly sideways and then plant. Cook aren’t they? Carol

    • Cindy
      04/16/2016 at 10:04 am

      Lol…I thought the same but it really works! I guess because the top is open you adjust it! It reall looks great when done! If you do it right, when you water it the water drips from the top container to the bottom! Just give it a is so cute!

  3. Joan
    08/25/2015 at 12:32 pm

    I made one, but every time I water, both it and the soil runs out. (even after taking extra soil) They didn’t do well at all. Although I am disappointed, I will definitely be trying this again! Any suggestions? :)

    • admin
      08/25/2015 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Joan. All I can suggest is that they use less soil and the soil must be kept moist. If you allow it to dry out, you will keep losing it when you water it. Carol

  4. kathy
    05/03/2016 at 1:15 pm

    I don’t see how just soil in the bottom planter can hold up the weight of the pots? Did you put something else in the bottom of 1st pot to secure the rebar? Seems as wind and weather blows, it would eventually tip over? Any suggestions? I was going to put a 2X4 with a hole drilled into to help secure it. What are your thoughts?

    • Carol
      05/03/2016 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Kathy. Use a piece or rebar that is long enough to go fairly deeply into the soil though the hole in the bottom planter. That will stabilize the whole thing. Carol

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