Seasonal flowers offer a colorful display for your patio or front walkway. Learn how to build a flower tower to add instant cheer to your outdoor space. Make sure to buy more flowers than you’ll think you need. You can always plant them in containers or hanging baskets if you have extras.
Shape Wire Fencing Into a Cylinder
- Wear gloves when handling the fencing to avoid injury from 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. Be sure to choose a diameter that will fit inside the flower pot you want to use as a base.
- Overlap the length of one section of fencing to make the seam stable.
- Cut the fencing to the desired diameter using the aviation snips.
Build Wire Tower Frame
- 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 1/4 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.
Wrap Landscape Fabric Around Tower
- Wrap the landscape fabric around the outside of the tower to measure how much you will need.
- Overlap the fabric an inch or two. This will make sure the 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. Leave 2 inches of overlap at the top that will be used to secure the fabric in place.
- 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 1/4 inch.
Fill Tower With Soil
- Fill the tower up about one-third with potting 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.
Fill Container With Soil
Use a garden spade to fill soil around the outside of the tower inside the container.
Cut Holes In Fabric
- 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.
- 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.
Place Plants on Top
- Place a few plants at the top of the tower to finish it off.
- Water twice a week and fertilizer every three to four weeks for continuous blooms.
Enjoy Your Flower Tower
As the season progresses, your flower tower will fill in for a lush display. Keep it well-watered and fertilized for a summer full of blooms. Drip irrigation is a good solution to hand-watering in the heat of summer. Install the irrigation tubing when you create the container.
A seasonal floral dispay is an easy and fun DIY project that will add curb appeal to your home. The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.