Front Yard Rock Bed Transformation

13 Materials
29 Hours

We had a hurricane in our region earlier this year and found that one of our plants didn’t make it. This plant was near the lamppost, where we added the stone address marker DIY project. Visit the post here if you want to see how we did this project. We had to remove the plant that had died and replace it with something.

My husband and I decided to do a flower container.

BEFORE Image: Here is the hole that was left from the dead plant we needed to remove. It was pretty deep so we needed to fill it.

This is the terra cotta pot before image. We loved it, but the color was not quite right for the front of our home.

My husband painted the pot. Quart size exterior paint in red. We made sure it had a primer in it as well as being mold resistant. We picked the top of the line to protect the container through the extreme weather. He did two / three coats and let it dry for a few hours in between. Then we waited a day or so before adding soil to it.

Here is the pot after finished while it was drying.

First, I removed the decorative rocks in the garden bed so that the rocks didn’t fall into the hole. Then, I inspected the hole size.

Since I had a hole that was about 15 inches wide by 10 inches deep, I needed to fill it in. Cutting back the weed blocker to access the additional part of the hole helped me see how much of the area I needed to fill. Then I added the topsoil to the hole, and I broke up the clumps of topsoil as well. Then, I stepped on the dirt to remove any air gaps. You can use a tamper if you want.

I then added more topsoil and pressed it down again, so there were about 3 inches of space from the top edge to the soil. This allowed for the drainage rocks that needed to be added next.

I added some of the rocks and tamped them down with my hand. And continued to add more of the drainage stones to make the paver level.

I had an unused square 12 inches by 12-inches paver from a previous project and used it to place on top of the rocks after it was level. This is where the terra cotta pot will be placed when it is finished. 

Next, I added the decorative rocks around the paver that we had in the garden bed.

My husband placed the finished pot in its new home. I first added the rocks into the pot to help with drainage. Then, I proceeded to add the soil until I got to about 2-3 inches from the top of the container.

I started with the largest plant. And, placed it in the center and worked around the container to add the smaller ones.

That is it! We are finished! Check out how the flower container looks next to the lamp post. 

Keep in mind when the season is over, we will be removing these fall flowers and leaving the pot empty.

We are thinking of covering it so that the pot is protected from the snow this winter. We were thinking of using a grill cover. We shall see. I am still looking for it.

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Suggested materials:

  • One terra cotta pot is about 27 or 28 inches tall   (Floral & Hardy of Skippack, PA)
  • Quart size exterior paint in red.   (Home Depot)
  • Paintbrush thick   (Home Depot)
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  • Ruth Sport Ruth Sport on Oct 30, 2021

    Do you have a tutorial on how to do the rock bed? I’m wanting to turn mine into one and yours is so pretty! Thanks for sharing

  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Nov 06, 2021

    I know you want to protect your pot, could you possibly build a cover you could decorate or paint the grill or whatever cover you find or make to suit your house? Possibility of faux pansies ?


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  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Oct 30, 2021

    Pansies can take quite a cold shock & survive but it appears this poster is from Pennsylvania (or very near) and I doubt pansies can survive a full winter there!

  • Fai18075122 Fai18075122 on Oct 30, 2021

    I had a similar idea. I stacked 2-3 squares for an elevated, decorative base look. I turned the 2nd square so it would look like a diamond instead of square. I sold my house and do not have pictures to share.