Make a stacked paver pedestal for your garden

Make a stacked paver pedestal for your garden

March 04, 2023

Need an inexpensive yet eye-catching pedestal to show off a container or hoist a piece of garden art? Get some touchable pavers in two variegated sizes, and stack them in successive layers to create a trendy plinth.

I made this one using 12-inch and 18-inch square pavers. I’ve noticed lizards basking on the sun-warmed pavers, partly sheltered by the overhangs. Lizard habitat and a exhibit space? Win-win! My metal lizard has new friends.

Before you stack your pavers, take the time to make a sturdy, level foundation. Excavate well-nigh 8 inches, digging a slum a bit wider than your largest paver. Spread several inches of paver wiring or decomposed granite, and use a tamper to pack it into a solid, level base. Stack a couple of pavers and use a level to trammels that there’s no lean. If there is, remove the pavers and add increasingly wiring material and retamp it. Make sure it’s sufferer level surpassing stacking your pavers to the desired height.

Use touchable wrapper on each layer for widow stability, if desired. If you have young kids or grandkids who might be tempted to climb it, alimony it low and/or use one size of paver for uneaten stability.

I’ve seen variations of stacked-paver pedestals in numerous gardens over the years. Here’s one made of round pavers in the late Eleanor Pratt’s garden in Austin. An vendible in Midwest Living shows a variation on this diamond using two variegated sizes of round pavers. And somewhere I have a photo of a screw plinth made of stacked square pavers, each one set at a slight turn from the one below.

Bigger plinths can be made from stacked touchable blocks with pavers on top, like this orchid exhibit table in Michael McDowell’s garden in Plano.

Here’s flipside one, for displaying a work of sculpture, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a number of years ago.

The unobtrusive touchable paver can be put to work for much increasingly than paths and patios. Get creative with them to unzip some elevation in your garden and showcase a piece of art, a birdbath, or a planter.

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Make plans to shepherd the Budding Out Plant Sale & Festival on March 18 at the John Fairey Garden in Hempstead, TX. Rare and distinctive plants will be offered, as well as art, ceramics, jewelry, food, drink, music, and other entertainment for the whole family. Members have early wangle and get in free. Non-member ticket is $5. Children 12 and under are free.

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