Mona needed more places to plant her flowers, so I built her some planter boxes — using impregnated wood and lining the inside with landscape fabric.

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Large, with trellis

Types of material used:

  • 48×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 30×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 19×98 mm impregnated board
  • Plastic wire mesh (19×19 mm mesh size)
  • Landscape fabric

Dimensions:

  • Box outer size: 140×60×60 cm
  • Box depth: 40 cm
  • Total height: 180 cm

This being my first planter box build — I didn’t really know what I was doing. But I watched a few YouTube videos, and thus; I became an expert 😛

Started assembling the frame
Started assembling the frame

I built the frame out of 48×48 mm timber, making the trellis part of the structure.

Frame and trellis assembled
Frame and trellis assembled

The flooring was raised about 20 cm, simply to cut down on the amount of material needed to fill the box later.

Raising the boards for the box floor
Raising the boards for the box floor

I lined the outside with 30×48 mm timber, using a few scrap boards as spacers.

Lining the outside with 30×48 mm timber
Lining the outside with 30×48 mm timber

19×98 mm boards was used as flooring. I used some scrap 30×48 mm timber to cover the openings between the floor boards and the outer lining.

Floor boards inside planter box
Floor boards inside planter box

We had some left over landscape fabric that I used inside the box. I stapled it to the top of the frame, hiding it under the 19×98 mm board at the top. In the trellis I used some fencing wire mesh we had left over.

Inside lined with landscape fabric
Inside lined with landscape fabric

The planter box was placed on six leveled curbstones.

Planter box in its final destination
Planter box in its final destination

The Purple Bell Vine looks amazing climbing the wire mesh — with the small mesh size (19 mm) it wiggles its way upward.

Purple Bell Vine climbing the trellis
Purple Bell Vine climbing the trellis

In front is the Dichondra “Silver Falls” spilling over the edge 🙂

Purple Bell Vine and Dichondra "Silver Falls" in planter box
Purple Bell Vine and Dichondra "Silver Falls" in planter box

Hexagonal

Types of material used:

  • 48×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 30×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 19×98 mm impregnated board
  • Landscape fabric

Dimensions:

  • Inside long diagonal: 50 cm
  • Sides (inside, mitred): 25 cm
  • Perimeter: 150 cm
  • Height: 45 cm

I wanted to try and build something round-ish, and Mona showed me a photo of a hexagonal plater box. I spent some time finding a suitable size, with the help of a Hexagon calculator.

As each corner had to be 120°, I mitred the 48×48 mm timber at 30° on my miter saw — that left 60° on each piece, totalling 120° 🙂

Hexagon — source: Wikipedia
Hexagon — source: Wikipedia

I made two identical hexagons, the inner length of all pieces was 25 cm.

Two hexagons with 48×48 mm timber
Two hexagons with 48×48 mm timber

Then I mounted 30×48 mm timber between the two hexagons. I started in the center, using some scrap wood as a spacers for the other pieces.

30×48 mm timber between hexagons
30×48 mm timber between hexagons
30×48 mm timber between hexagons
30×48 mm timber between hexagons

Underneath; I used three blocks as feet, to lift the frame up from the surface — and also prevent wobble.

Three blocks as feet, to prevent wobble
Three blocks as feet, to prevent wobble

19×98 mm impregnated boards were used for the flooring.

Floor boards inside planter box
Floor boards inside planter box

Almost done, just missing the landscape fabric and mitred boards at the top.

Planter box close to completion
Planter box close to completion

And there you have it, right next to the main entrance 🙂

Planter box in its final destination
Planter box in its final destination

My work was done, now it was up to Mona it make use of it. Here with Bidens ferulifolia (Apache Beggarticks).

Hexagonal planter box — with Bidens ferulifolia (Apache Beggarticks)
Hexagonal planter box — with Bidens ferulifolia (Apache Beggarticks)

So many flowers 🌸

Lots of flowers by the house
Lots of flowers by the house

Medium, plain

Types of material used:

  • 48×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 30×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 11×36 mm impregnated batten
  • 19×98 mm impregnated board
  • Landscape fabric

Dimensions:

  • Box outer size: 65×43×40 cm

I don’t have any photos of the building process of this box… But it was built with the same material and principle as the previous ones. I originally didn’t plan for it to have the same 19×98 mm board around the top as the others, but it ended up looking cluttered without it.

Inside lined with landscape fabric
Inside lined with landscape fabric

I used 30×48 mm timber down the sides at first, but that made it look bulky — so I replaced it with 11×36 mm instead.

Planter box complete — in its final destination
Planter box complete — in its final destination

With 11×36 mm board on the edges, and the 19×98 mm board on top — it looked really clean 👍

Planter box complete — in its final destination
Planter box complete — in its final destination

We placed it by the garage, and Mona planted Impatiens walleriana (busy Lizzie).

Planter box with Impatiens walleriana (busy Lizzie)
Planter box with Impatiens walleriana (busy Lizzie)

This bench is ideal for coffee and my tobacco pipe ☕

By the garage — flowers and a bench
By the garage — flowers and a bench

Storage crate

Types of material used:

  • 48×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 30×48 mm impregnated timber
  • 19×98 mm impregnated board
  • Landscape fabric

Dimensions:

  • Box outer size: 58×34×30 cm

I wanted this box to be a different, rougher, like a storage crate. The frame was again constructed of 48×48 mm timber, but I used 30×48 mm across — so that the floor boards could be mounted “inside” the bottom frame.

Started the frame for the crate
Started the frame for the crate

I used 19×98 mm boards for the sides, but split the middle board in two — making it half the width.

Constructing the planter box crate
Constructing the planter box crate

Landscape fabric inside, as before. I cut a 19×98 mm board down to 67 mm width and mounted it on both short sides. Covering the outside boards, and the inside frame.

Inside lined with landscape fabric
Inside lined with landscape fabric

I really think I nailed the storage crate look 🙂

Planter box complete
Planter box complete

Mona planted Aster novi-belgii (New York Asters), and we placed it on the cobblestone — next to our bird bath.

Aster novi-belgii (New York Asters) in planter box
Aster novi-belgii (New York Asters) in planter box
Flowers — and a bird bath
Flowers — and a bird bath