Project Guide

How to Build a Flower Tower

1
SHAPE WIRE FENCING INTO A CYLINDER
Shape wire fencing cylinder - Build a Flower Tower
  • Wear gloves when handling the fencing to avoid injury form sharp edges. 
  • Use the outside of a slightly smaller container as a guide to help round out the cylinder as you bend it into shape. 
  • Overlap the length of one section of fencing to make the seam stable. 
  • Cut the fencing to the desired diameter using the aviation snips. 
  • Be sure to choose a diameter that will fit inside the flower pot you want to use as a base.
2
BUILD WIRE TOWER FRAME
Build wire tower frame - Build a Flower Tower
  • Overlap one rectangle of the wire fencing and snugly zip-tie the two sides of the cylinder together. 
  • Continue tying the rest of the tower together across the joints in the fence. 
  • Use enough ties to keep the wire rigid and stable once it is filled. 
  • Cut the excess at the ends of the ties, leaving about ¼ inch. 
  • Check to make sure the wire tower frame fits into the selected container. It should fit about one-half to three-fourths of the way into the container to increase stability once filled. 
  • If you need to cut down the height, use the snips.
3
WRAP LANDSCAPE FABRIC AROUND TOWER
Wrap landscape fabric around tower - Build Flower Tower
  • Wrap the landscape fabric around the outside of the tower to measure how much you will need.  
  • Let the fabric overlap an inch or two so soil can’t spill out through the seam. 
  • Cut the fabric to size using a pair of scissors. 
  • Roll the fabric and slide it inside the tower. 
  • Smooth the fabric along the inside of the tower and cut off any excess, but leave 2 inches of overlap at the top that will be used to secure the fabric in place.
4
SECURE FABRIC
Secure fabric - Build a Flower Tower
  • Fold the 2-inch flap of fabric over the top of the tower. 
  • Use a utility knife to make small slits in the fabric just under the metal rim, cutting through both layers of the fabric. 
  • Cut one slit in every third rectangle of the fencing. 
  • Insert zip ties through the slits and tie down the top of the fabric. 
  • Cut the long ends of the zip ties to a ¼ inch.
5
FILL TOWER WITH SOIL
Fill tower with soil - Build a Flower Tower
  • Fill the tower up about one-third with soil. 
  • Add water to settle the soil. 
  • Fill to two-thirds full with soil and add more water. 
  • Fill to about 1 inch from the top of the tower with soil and add water. 
  • Lightly press the soil into the tower to prevent sinking.
6
FILL CONTAINER WITH SOIL
Fill container with soil - Build a Flower Tower

Use a garden spade to fill soil around the outside of the tower inside the container.

7
CUT HOLES IN FABRIC
Cut holes in fabric - Build a Flower Tower
  • Cut a vertical slit and a horizontal slit into one of the top-level rectangles in the tower to create a “+” shaped hole. These holes are where you will plant the flowers. 
  • Cut one hole in every other rectangle and stagger them as you work your way down the tower. 
  • Leave the bottom row just above the soil line free of holes to allow plants to cascade over the edge of the container.
8
ADD FLOWERS
Add flowers - Build a Flower Tower
  • Use your finger to poke holes behind the fabric openings. 
  • Gently press the plant or seedling into the hole. 
  • Make sure the flaps of fabric close around the stem of the flower to help hold soil in the tower when watering.
9
PLACE PLANTS ON TOP
Place plants on top - Build a Flower Tower

Place a few plants at the top of the tower to finish it off.