How do you get different looks from ordinary pots? It's simple; you stack them. Purchase terra-cotta pots in all shapes and sizes. They're inexpensive and look great after they're filled with annuals, herbs, and plants with attractive foliage.
Petunias, Begonias & Cypress
Stacked pots offer opportunities to layer texture and color in your plantings.

Use three different sizes of rolled-rim pots for this dressy take on the idea.

Plants and What They Like

  • Top pot: ‘Blue Pyramid' cypress and Mexican heather
  • Middle pot: begonias and Sprenger asparagus fern
  • Bottom pot: petunias
  • Light: full sun to light shade
  • Water: every other day during hot summer months, less often when cool.

The Nitty-Gritty

Following these tips will help prevent your creation from toppling.

  • The deeper you sink the upper pot into the lower one, the greater the stability.
  • In large containers, place two bricks side by side for a stable base. This also prevents the top pot from sinking.

Potting Table

Every potting area needs a sturdy potting table. This one not only holds all of your plants and supplies, but it's also great-looking outdoor furniture.

Order detailed plans and step-by-step instructions for our Potting Table. This plan is available via e-mail as a printable PDF. To order send a $4 check made payable to Southern Living Projects and your e-mail address to: Potting Table Project, Southern Living Projects, P.O. Box 11407, Lockbox 1014, Birmingham, AL 35246-1014. If you prefer to receive a copy by regular mail, include a self-addressed, stamped (with two first-class, letter-rate stamps), business-size envelope with your check. Allow four to six weeks for delivery.

"Piggyback Pots" is from Southern Living's Container Gardens.