DIY Cottage Garden Tower

3 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy

This year I expanded my garden quite a bit to make room for a cutting garden. I spent the cold winter months reading English gardening magazines and have been so inspired by their cottage-style gardens. One thing I am always drawn to is the rustic towers with climbing flowers wrapping around them.

I wanted to figure out a way to create my own on a small budget.

I started out with a 4-foot tomato support that was super cheap and kinda flimsy...this is exactly what you want for this tower!

I also used five 4-foot bamboo garden supports and Rust-Oleum copper-colored spray paint.



I gave the tomato cage and the bamboo supports a quick spray of the copper metallic spray paint; I love the Hammered spray paints from Rust-Oleum!

For my tower, I used twisted seagrass rush but I think you could also use sisal rope or twisted seagrass rope and achieve a similar look.

If you are using the seagrass rush I highly suggest you soak it for about an hour to make it more malleable and easier to work with.

After the spray paint dried it was time to put it together. I gathered the bamboo at the top and secured the pieces together with a big elastic. Then I took the bottoms of the bamboo and popped them inside the top metal ring of the tomato cage; I also spread them as evenly around the tomato cage as I could…don’t stress if they don’t want to stay even.

Once the bamboo was in place it was time to wrap the seagrass rush around. Starting at the top, I wrapped a generous amount of the rush around and did a simple knot to secure it (it also covers the elastic).

Then I moved to the bottom, I tied a simple knot around the base of the cage and started wrapping the rush around the outside of the rings. You can wrap as much around depending on how thick you want your band to be.

To finish each section I tied a knot then cut off the extra rush.

I wrapped the rush around the tomato cage where the 3 metal rings were and I also wrapped it one more time near the top of the cage.

After I had wrapped the circumference of the tower I went back and wrapped the rush around the bands vertically as well (see the above picture).

Don’t worry about the loose ends now…wait until the end and then give them all a trim once you are done!

Isn’t it super cute??!! I’m making a few more too! For my next one I’m going to cut off the largest ring and make a shorter version ( that’s another reason a more flimsy tomato cage is good!)

You can check out some of my other DIY plant supports HERE.

I popped the garden tower into a large pot. I’m going to secure it in place with garden staples after I take pictures.

Isn’t that the happiest little flower??!!! I planted 2 of Proven Winner Tangerine Slice A-Peel Black-Eyed Susan Vines in the pot.

Don’t worry, the rest of that garden will be planted…check back to see my progress in the upcoming weeks (I have so much to do!!!

That’s going to be the space where my cutting garden is going to go…more raised beds to be built this weekend.

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Jennifer Howard| Cottage On Bunker Hill
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