Here is a look at what we were dealing with...
After the brick was removed, we were faced with the challenge of building planters that fit the space, and that were also functional. I knew without a doubt that Phillip could build beautiful planters that flowed with the rest of the house--it was the inside of the planters that had us stumped! We wanted these planters to last, so we wanted to make sure that the planters had a way to drain and that inside of the planters were protected from the damp conditions.
So, we had to do it the old fashioned way. Phillip and I started doodling and coming up with ideas of our own!
We chose to build our planters out of cypress. Weavers Lumber Sales is a cypress mill close by, so it is convenient for us to pick up wood from them when we're working on a project.
We finally settled on a design that we felt confident in, and we would like to share it with you. The fun part about this tutorial is that it will work for window boxes too! I am thinking about adding a window box under the large front window--but I want to be sure I can keep the plants in my planters alive first!
This tutorial will only work for planters that are located on the edge of a porch, so that there is a place for them to drain. Like I said before, this will work for window boxes too since they can drain right into your flower beds.
Once the planters were in place, we began constructing the inside. We started by creating a "V" shape on the inside that would provide a smaller space for the plants to grow, while directing the water where we wanted it to go. The longer side of the "V" stretches all the way to the bottom of the planter in the front. This is the area that sticks out over the flower bed, and where the water will drain.
*You may be wondering why we couldn't skip the screen step, and the answer is because of the weight of the soil and plants. We needed a sturdy, yet drainable, bottom for the planter.
I hope this tutorial was helpful for those who are looking to do a similar project. It is always fun for me to share tips we have picked up along the way!
If you are not feeling ready to take on large container gardening, check out our selection of smaller pots in the store. Perfect for smaller gardening projects on your porch or patio!