Project Guide

How to Make an Herb Garden in a Tower Container

Choose a Location
Gardener rakes area for garden

Choose a location in your outdoor space for your tower. Clear it of debris with a rake.

Secure First Planter
Gardener places stake in container

Twist the sturdy stake approximately 8 inches into the ground. Thread the 18-inch planter onto the stake through the drainage hole.

Fill With Soil
Homer bucket with soil for terra cotta container

Fill the planter three-fourths of the way with organic potting soil.

Plant Herbs
Soil and herbs in terra cotta container

Plant four 4-inch Bonnie herbs around the perimeter of the 18-inch bottom planter. Here are a few we suggest: 

  • Top 2 levels: Chives 
  • Level 3: Boxwood basil 
  • Level 4: Oregano and dill 
  • Level 5: Curley parsley, rosemary, lemon thyme, sweet mint, orange mint and pineapple mint.
Add Next Planter
Gardener adds second terra cotta container

Thread the first 13 1/2-inch planter (or 12-inch planter) onto the stake through the drainage hole, resting it with a slight tilt in between plants.

Add Soil
Soil and herbs added to second container

Fill the 13 1/2-inch planter (or 12-inch planter) three-fourths of the way with organic potting soil, then plant two Bonnie herbs. Repeat this process with the second 13 1/2-inch planter (or 12-inch planter). 

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 with the remaining smaller planters, and plant a single plant in each.

Top With Sheet Moss (Optional)
Gardener tucks sheet moss in container

Use soaked sheet moss and place in any open space between the herbs. This will aid in water retention and add to the aesthetic of the tower.

How to Make a Strawberry Tower
A strawberry tower made of terra cotta pots

This stacking pot technique can be used for more than herbs. Here are instructions for making a stacking strawberry pot for your patio.


  • 16-inch terra cotta clay pot
  • 12-inch terra cotta clay pot
  • 10-inch terra cotta clay pot
  • 8-inch terra cotta clay pot
  • 6-inch terra cotta clay azalea pot
  • 3 foot garden stake
  • Potting soil
  • Hand trowel
  • Gardening gloves
  • 10 to 15 strawberry plants
  • Optional: copper foil tape


  • Stack the planters. The pots and soil will be heavy, so assemble at or near a sunny spot where you plan to keep the tower. Place the 10-inch pot upside-down inside the 16-inch pot, and place the 12-inch pot on top of the 10-inch pot, right-side up. Then place the 6-inch pot upside-down inside the 12-inch pot, and place the 8-inch pot on top of the 6-inch pot, right-side up. 
  • Add a stake. If your planter is on the ground, press a garden stake through the holes in all five pots and into the ground, until it’s just below the rim of the top pot. If using a saucer, press the stake down to the bottom pot until you hit the saucer.
  • Add potting soil to each container until the pots are about three-quarters full.
  • Place strawberry plants in the soil, and fill in around them with more potting mix. Depending on the size of your strawberry plants, you’ll want to plant 4 to 6 inches apart in the bottom level, 4 to 5 inches apart in the middle level, and 3 to 4 inches apart in the top level. Water plants well.

Tip: Wrap copper foil tape around the bottom of the tower to help keep slugs away from your strawberry harvest.

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