Tiered Planter Box


I have a yard that is basically a clean slate for me to work with. I have only lived in this house for a few years but have been so busy with renovations and changes to the inside of my home that I vowed this year is going to be the “yard year”. I found a photo a couple years back of a tiered planter box on Pinterest and pinned it to my gardening board just waiting for the day I would find the time to build it. Well, today was the day! I wanted to build it around the light post that’s in front of my house as a feature since all that was there before was this giant boulder. It was totally lacking any kid of “wow” factor and that just would not do in my books! So, I got to building and I love what I made. My favorite thing about this is that you can plant a tonne of plants in a small space because of the stacked effect. This allows you to plant up instead of out; perfect for anyone with a small yard. The size you decide to make is completely up to you but I will show you the process giving you a guideline to be able to make your own.


  • Chop saw/Miter saw
  • Drill/Impact driver


  • 2 x 10 x 8 treated lumber
  • 3” deck screws
  • 1 ½” deck screws
  • Cardboard
  • Garden soil


The size you choose to create your planter boxes will determine how much lumber you’ll need to buy. I like to buy 8-foot lengths of lumber simply because I don’t have a truck and that size fits into my car. But the longer the board the more money you save in the long run. Just a tip.

So, you start with a base box. Mine was 5’ x 3’ because I could cut an 8’ board down without wasting any. Screw your ends together using your drill and your deck screws. Deck screws are coated so they wont break down over time. That’s why they are best to use on outdoor projects. Another tip for you!


The next box is going to be half the length of the first box so mine was 2 ½’ x 3’.

Each space you have, you make another box that is half the length until you make your planter as high as you desire.

Each time you stack a box make sure you secure it with the shorter deck screw “toe nailing” the screws in. You basically angle the screw into the top board about an inch away from the edge and screw it until it grabs the board under it. Make sure you are doing this on the inside of the planter so you don’t see the screws.


Once your box is built and placed, you will want to lay down cardboard on the bottom inside if you are over grass. This will kill the grass so it won’t continue to grow and strangle your plants while gently decomposing over the next year.

Remember, you will want to wait a year after the cardboard has decomposed if you are wanting to plant perennials. This is because the cardboard will prevent the roots from anchoring deep into the ground which helps it survive winters.

Fill your planter with beautiful garden soil and fill it with colourful plants or use it as a small veggie garden. You will love how much you can grow out of this simple stacked planter and the beautiful statement it will make in your yard. What are you waiting for? Start making yours today and show me the results!

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