I've found that a good way to add variety to a garden setting, or on a patio, etc., is to make planter stands for potted plants.  A variety of methods and materials can be used, some of which are very cheap or even free. For example, I salvaged some tree sections when a gardening service was removing some trees. Another time, a telephone pole had been blown down, and I asked the city crews cleaning up if I could get some pieces of the pole that they were cutting up. A section of 4x4, cut to the length you want,and a round piece of plywood, or just a piece of wood can be placed into a hole dug in the ground...then there is brick, of course...the materials seem endless!
I'm also a fan of stands/pillars in the garden, and I love me some logs - they have a million uses in the garden!  I particularly love what Jeff Pavlat, a Central Texas gardener, has done for raising up a few of his potted succulents.  He was featured on a local gardening show, and I have a hunch you might really like what he's done.  Here's the clip from the show in case it's helpful/interesting:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8cktIqQvlM
Thanks, AR...you are right, I truly like what he's done. Gave me some ideas for projects to be sure. I like the tube concrete supports...got to make a few of those! It's truly amazing, isn't it? And it goes to show you, there is nothing new under the sun!
Cool! My dad keeps our plants on tree stumps, but this is amazing!
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