On a recent trip to the hardware store, I spotted a wall of basalite concrete blocks, which got me thinking about all sorts of possible uses; coffee table base, bookshelf support, or planters. Commonly used to build perimeter walls and outbuildings, basalite blocks connote low designâ€”if any. But as planters, they function as sculpture, especially when stacked randomly (if you’re using them on a wood surface, protect the wood from contact with wet soil by setting the basalite block on top of a sheet of heavy plastic cut to the dimensions of the block base).
Above: Basalite blocks planted with succulents line the stairs to my entry.
Above: Basalite blocks also come in full size (16″x 8″ x 8″) to accommodate two plants; available at Home Depot for $1.48.
Above: Basalite 8-Inch-Square Half Block; $1.26 at Home Depot.
Above: Succulent Container Gardens; $19.77 at Amazon.