How Can We Make This Pole Look Better?


Our roof garden sits in the center of our roof. Our chairs stare out directly at this rusty exhaust pole. We hung a lantana there and strung up solar lights, but we want to do more. We need your help . . .  what else can we do to make this pipe look better?

We aren’t able to paint the pole or sit pots at the base.  Any solution needs to hang from the pole. This is a windy, full sun spot, so the plants need to be tough.

Do you have some suggestions?


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by R-Star on July 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    That’s one ugly pole. Maybe you could place two semi-circular planters at the bottom, run lattice work out of them and tie that to the pipe. Then grow ivy or tomatoes…so they can grow up the lattice work. Another idea, might be to secure other L-brackets all the way up the pipe, and hang bird baths/feeders and other hanging baskets off of the pipe.


  2. Since you can’t put planters at the base how about growing vines from a basket or two at the top and training them *down* around the pole? Annuals will give you cover fastest, but then you’re left with bare pole in winter — at which point maybe it’s time to break out the good ol’ holiday lights?




    • Posted by gochrisgo75 on July 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm


      Maybe this is a silly question, but annual vines are equally fine growing up or down poles, right? I was thinking about moonvines and morning glories. I suppose it to too late to start them now?


  3. Posted by Janet on August 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Maybe this is too simple, but have you thought of those upside down tomato gowers. I have 2 of them, 1 hanging over the other. I am not too fond of the green plastic with fakey vine graphics but it sure would beat the pole. By mid June I had to tie up the lower container with recycled pantyhose to keep the tomatos from hanging to the ground. I get a little tickle when I get to take a nice beefy red one to my still waiting family members with (real) back yard gardens.


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