Well…yes, since it is in my front garden I guess I can tell you, yes to both. Better drainage and height. I found this old cylinder in an alley and I brought it home. Of course I was concerned that it would look STUPID, but I had to try. It took me a couple of days but eventually I stood there, looking at it and thought…WWIT? What was I thinking? How pathetically dumb. Shortly there after I removed the agave, got rid of the pipe, and planted it directly in the ground.