Now that spring is here, I’d like to add some color to my home’s patio and backyard. Just the other day, I picked a project that would give me quick results, since I wasn’t up to putting in the hours and work that would be required for me to start a flower bed in my backyard.
I’ve been noticing a lot of great flower tower projects by other homeowners across the Web and on Pinterest, so I thought I’d give it a try! Flower towers take gardening to new heights for even novice gardeners – with just a large pot, some galvanized wire fencing, landscaping fabric and flowers of your choice, you can make a beautiful and lasting floral display for your porch or patio in an hour or two!
Flower Tower Supplies
I headed to my local garden shop to pick up the supplies I needed for my flower tower, and getting what I needed was really easy! These are the supplies needed for the tower:
- A large pot. (I think the pot I bought was about 16 inches in diameter.)
- Galvanized wire fencing. Fencing with holes large enough (at least 2X2 inches) into which to insert small flowers and their roots would be perfect.
- Landscaping fabric. (Be sure to buy fabric whose width is at least 3 feet high, so the fabric will create a tall enough roll to insert into your tower.)
- 4 zip ties
- Small shovel
- Potting soil
- Gardening soil
- A utility knife
- Aviation snips (for cutting wire)
- 50-60 flowers — I chose petunias!
Building My Flower Tower
To make my flower tower, I went with fencing that was cheaper (the fencing I really wanted came in fairly large rolls at my local garden shop), but since the mesh on my fencing was tight, I had to snip squares in my fencing with my aviation snips to create holes for the flowers. (So, if you can spring for the fencing with the 2X2 or larger openings, I’d go for it, since it will make your project a little easier.)
Step 1 – Make tube with wire fencing: To make my flower tower, I made a roll with the galvanized fencing to fit snugly into my pot. (I cut the wire using my aviation snips.) Using my zip ties, I secured the ends of the fencing together to make my roll/tower. Once the zip ties were secure, I cut off the extra length of the zip ties. When making my tower, I made sure to overlap the ends of my roll, to better hold in the dirt for the tower. Once my wire tube of my tower was complete, I inserted it into my pot.
Step 2 – Make fabric roll and insert it in pot: Wrapping the landscaping fabric around the outside of my tower, I measured how much fabric I needed to make a fabric tube to insert into my wire tower. After cutting the fabric to size, I inserted it into my tower and folded the extra fabric down. I then cut three slits into the fabric so I could use my zip ties to tie the landscaping fabric tube to my wire tower.
Step 3 – Add dirt and flowers: I then added dirt around the wire tower at the bottom of my flower pot to help make my tower stand up straight and filled my tower about halfway up. Using my aviation snips, I cut 2X2 inch squares in my fencing to insert my flowers.I used my utility knife to cut crosses in landscaping fabric in the spots where I wanted to insert my flowers and pressed my flowers into the flower tower.
Once I had a few rows of flowers in, I poured in dirt to fill up the rest of my tower and added more flowers, being sure to plant some flowers on the top of my tower.
Once I was done, I added water to my flower tower, so hopefully, my flowers will grow and flourish! To keep the flowers happy and feed them well, I plan to use Miracle-Gro Shake ‘n Feed Moisture Control All Purpose Plant Food. My project was so easy, that I plan to pick up some Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix and make another flower tower for the other side of my home’s patio!
15 Amazing Flower Towers
Check out these ideas for 15 amazing flower towers! I know I hope to head out to the garden store over the weekend and plant a new garden tower for this spring — I hope to have it up on the blog soon!