The smaller pot would need to sit inside and above the larger pot, we accomplished this by securing it to an overturned bucket. The bucket acted as a stand for the small flowerpot and it provided a protected, concealed place for the pump and hose. The recycled bucket was bright yellow so I gave it a few light coats of brown spray paint. I wanted to color coordinate it with the pots although little if any would be seen once it was set up but I wanted to be sure. Holes were drilled into this base with a 3/4 " drill bit to allow the water to flow back inside to the pump location.