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 on social media.  They take the term creative gardening to a new height.

For a very creative gardening idea, try making topsy turvy planters.

Topsy Turvy Planters Put your garden on the Slant

I love the haphazard 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. The secret to the look of the planter is a long straight rod that is secured in the soil and holds all the pots in place.

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 pound it securely down into the ground.  Then 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.)Making tipsy planters

When you get as tall as you want, cut the rebar off so that it is not visible above the soil of the top pot.

Tipsy pots and Topsy Turvy Planters

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!

Creative Tipsy Pots

Here are some of my favorite topsy turvy planters.

Tipsy pot

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.

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 plastic

What 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 Imgur.topsy planterThis rustic look has a rustic look since it uses galvanized tubs.  I love the disparity of sizes too. Great topsy Turvy Washtub grouping  Source – Cottage at the Crossroadstopsy turvy planter sizes of pots
This image shows the sizes of the graduated pots for building a Topsy Turvy planter of your own.  Source Copy E Paste  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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