Magazine article Sunset

Stack a Tower of Roses

Magazine article Sunset

Stack a Tower of Roses

Article excerpt

* This trio of blue glazed bowls, filled with yellow miniature roses, has the elegance of a frosted wedding cake. Displayed on a sunny patio or deck, the roses will provide a season-long show of cheerful blooms.

Choose containers in three sizes--small, medium, and large. When they are stacked, there should be enough room around the bottom two tiers for planting. Our top pot measures 91/2 inches in diameter and about 8 inches tall; the middle pot is 15 inches wide and 6 inches tall; and the bottom pot is 19 inches wide and 8 inches tall.

COST: $50 to $100, depending on pots

TIME: 20 to 30 minutes

MATERIALS

* Three bowl-shaped pots, sized as noted above

* One 2-cubic-foot bag of potting soil

* Organic granular fertilizer

* Nine 4-inch potted miniature roses (or nine 2-inch pots)

* Three sixpacks of blue lobelia

DIRECTIONS

1. Fill the bowls about 2/3 full with potting soil. …

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