What a nightmare this was. Back away from this DIY, dear reader. To start with, it is very difficult to buy large terracotta pots in decreasing diameters. I trudged around B&Q, Wilko, and Asda Home, trying to find the right sizes. And then I had to find a dowel rod. WHAT IS A DOWEL ROD, because nobody seemed to know at any of these three stores. Its purpose in this DIY is to add support to the planters, so I ended up buying some bamboo – if it can support construction workers in Hong Kong, it can support these three plant pots.
I followed the instructions closely, using almost half a bag of soil to fill the pots to the top, before stacking the next one on top and threading a bamboo cane through them. I then nudged my perennials in (a mix of two cartons from Wilko), and took a step back. It looked *fine* but was SUCH A WASTE OF MONEY. Using soil to achieve height is the gardening equivalent of using cake to stoke a fire. Plus, there was only enough space for three plants in each of the lower tiers, when they could easily take six without the stacked structure.
The following day, the plants looked so miserable that I took the whole thing down. I emptied the soil, added in some crocks and drainage (the original DIY didn’t mention this, so I left it out, thinking it may have affected the stability), and put a lily in the big pot instead. Far better.
Cost: £4.50 for the plants; £1.50, £3.50, and £4 for the pots; £4 for the bamboo = £17.50
Level of difficulty: 2/5
Worth it? OK, so here’s the thing. Maybe it was the DIY I used. I did some more research and other bloggers recommend using plastic pots to build internal height, instead of using soil – which makes so much more sense. Or just buy some stacked planters.