Pots, Pots, Pots!

When I was at Frank Kershaws garden course last week, I was amazed at the number of planted pots that he had through out his garden.

 Most of them are hypertufa, and they are planted up with a mix of dwarf trees and shrubs, hardy alpines and bulbs.

A mulch of pea gravel finished them off.

My friend Barry, also has a large number of  them as well, outside his house.They are beautiful all year. I think I need some!

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  1. 1

    Yes, I have a hypertufa hankering, too. This should be my year for experimentation.

  2. 3

    gagarden said,

    The natural look and variety of tufa design makes these great pots to have in the garden. I never made pots but have made various mixes with the concrete just
    to see lightness and strength. We did this in architecture school. It was fun to see what we could add to get some really fun looking textures and colors too.

  3. 5

    Barbara H. said,

    Ah yes, another thing that has been on my “To Do” list for a long, long time – maybe in the fall? After I’ve gotten rid of back porch and shed clutter? Ha,ha, ha, ha, ha ad infinitum. Love the variety of shapes he has.

  4. 7

    Donna said,

    alwyas wanted to make these but not sure they would survive our brutal winters outside

  5. 9

    Arash said,

    they look very natural ! tnx for sharing 🙂
    by the way, I added u to my blog list 🙂

  6. 11

    Holley said,

    They look so natural. Like an old stone that has been weathered away from rain, with seeds that have naturally grown to plants in them. And I know pea gravel mulch can be much hated, but I love it.

  7. 13

    Jess said,

    I too am a pots among the dirt gardener. First, I feel the previous owners created too much patio/too little garden space. Second, I like them because the easily create height and drama.

    These ones are ridiculously nice, so natural.

  8. 15

    Marguerite said,

    I love how natural all those containers look. I used to like a lot of pots in my garden but since moving to a colder zone I’m not confident any containers, or plants in them will survive so I’ve abandoned this. Seeing these ones makes me crave containers again though.

  9. 17

    debsgarden said,

    I love those hypertofu pots; they are perfect for the alpines and other dwarf plants. I am determined to make my own hypertofu pot; perhaps it would be a good mid-summer project.

  10. 19

    Gardening on heavy clay means that my concrete troughs are the only place where I can grow delicious tiny alpines as they need perfect drainage. This way I can mix up their growing medium just as they like it. The pots in your photos are such beautiful shapes, maybe I need to create more.

  11. 21

    Those are decent pots alright. I’m trying to reduce the number of pots. Mind you, I have tyrnips growing in old tin baths!

  12. 23

    Wendy said,

    These are gorgeous. I might have to try making some hypertufa containers too. I really like the natural look of these.

  13. 25

    What an unusual but natural looking garden. The tufa pots are great places to display the alpines.


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