BOSKKE Sky Planters – Yea or Nay?

Without question, I say Nay to the likes of the Topsy Turvey Tomato Planter thingy. I simply can’t justify tormenting my tomato plants (for no good reason) by planting them in a crap-ugly thinga-majig that doesn’t hold any water and will be a maintenance nightmare.

BOSKKE sky planters

But — Boskke Sky planters take the upside down thing to a different place. They are cute and can be easily incorporated into many garden rooms or even indoor spaces. Then there is the self-watering feature (good). But we still have the upside down plant thing that troubles me. I think I could learn to love growing something like a fern or a trailing plant in this way, but I am struggling with the flowering plants. Orchids hanging down (in an almost creepy way like they are eavesdropping) rather than reaching happily towards the sky just doesn’t seem right — and then there is the geranium…(I can’t even bear the torture of seeing an innocent plant forced to contort its flower stems to such extremes). But maybe a bar of herbs growing over the kitchen sink, waiting for me reach up and pick what I need might be nice.  I’m torn.

boskke planters
What is your take on the up-side-down planters? Do you have a use for them? Do you like how they look? Do you like to torture plants? 😉


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Lorraine on March 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I say a big NAY to upside down planters. This is an aesthetic no-brainer.

  2. Kaveh on March 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Horrible. Everything about them is horrible.

  3. Jolly on March 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I love them, and laughed out loud a little at the notion of them being an “aesthetic no-brainer.” Sounds like someone needs to get over themselves!

    Anyway, I can’t really be bothered to put up just about any hanging planter, but if I was going to, I would definitely get some of these. An upside-down herb garden in the kitchen is an awesome idea, and might top the list if I ever get a kitchen with any natural light.

  4. Tracy Zeltser on March 20, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Agree that the green plastic ones are butt ugly – thank you for saying that! But am not against upside down-ness. Love Jolly’s idea of putting the herb garden upside down in the kitchen.

  5. Bobby on March 20, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Another method to torture plants is to cover the flowers and expose the roots. No-brainer.

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