Spruce up your garden or yard with brick planters. Build one or several planters directly over the soil to enhance visual appeal, against your house to increase curb appeal or around an existing tree. Depending on personal taste and the surrounding landscape, build simple rectangular, circular, square or other angular planter in any size. A brick planter adds rustic charm to the area when filled with annuals, perennials or biennials. Brick flower planters are simple to construct, inexpensive and rot and weather-resistant.
Spread powdered chalk over the selected spot in your garden or yard, in the shape of your planter. Keep the lines as straight as possible with a plumb. Make sure the particular spot meets the sunlight requirements of the flowers or plants you intend to grow.
Dig a 3-inch trench over the chalk marks with a square-edged shovel. Collect the soil in a wheelbarrow to use for other gardening projects. Level the base of the trench so it is straight and even.
Mix water and mortar in a bucket with a stick. Follow label directions to get the desired ice cream-like consistency.
Pack mortar into the trench with a hand trowel. Stop when you are 2 inches below the top, and level it with a trowel so it is even. Allow the mortar to cure for several days.
Prepare a fresh batch of mortar once the mortar in the trench is dry and begin laying bricks. Spread 1 inch of mortar over the base of a brick with a hand trowel. Smooth the edges to prevent any from dripping across the sides, and lower it into the trench immediately. Press it in place for several seconds to establish good contact.
Pack mortar over the base of another brick and lower it into the trench, ½ inch away from the previous one. Fill the gap between the two bricks with mortar. Continue this process until you lay the first course of bricks over the base of the trench. Leave a 2-inch drainage gap after every three bricks in this course. Do not add mortar to this gap.
Stagger the bricks on the row above, and each subsequent row. Lower a chisel over the exact center of a brick and pound it with a hammer so it breaks in two, if necessary for fit. Continue laying bricks until you reach your desired height.
Spread mortar over the tops of the last course of bricks and apply decorative tile over them. You can also cut wooden boards to size and glue them to the top. Allow the glue or mortar to dry thoroughly before lining your planter.