i found this idea @ positively splendid and couldn't quit
3 terracotta/clay planter pots (mine are from ikea and so cheap!)
thompson's water seal spray
2 colors of spray paint (mine is rustoleum ultra cover 2X in satin finish)
bricks (i used empty paint cans)
smashed pop (as we mid westerners call it) or soda (as the rest of the world calls it) cans
step 1: spray the inside of the pots with thompson's water seal--let dry
step 2: spray paint the pots according to the paint directions--preferably outside on a sunny gorgeous day. you will want the largest and smallest pot painted the same color--let dry.
step 3: put an empty gallon paint can inside the biggest pot and smashed soda cans around it for drainage. i think this is much better than putting rocks or something similar, because it makes the pot so much lighter to lift if needed. fill with potting soil.
continue the same thing for each of the pots (i used a quart paint bucket for the middle pot and only soil and cans for the smallest one.
step 4: stack each of the pots on top of the next. i created a bit of a hole for each one to sit snugly into.
step 5: fill with flowers, water, and enjoy!
i really enjoy planting and tending to my flower bed. i would looooovvvee to have a garden someday.
hosta (from aldi $4.99)
begonias (my fav)
a girl's gotta work with what she has...(even if it is only 8 square feet!)
the whole she-bang