Hypertufa pots are more popular than ever. They offer the look of stone and concrete without the weight or expense. And they give gardeners a chance to flex their DIY muscles. The faux-stone containers are easy to make, using only Portland cement, peat moss, and either perlite or vermiculite. Now the question is, how can you put them to use in your yard? Here are a few ideas.
Because of its natural look, a hypertufa container fits right into a rock garden. Filled with cheerful pink phlox and surrounded by bright white candytuft, this trough is an instant focal point.
Work of Art
This bowl-shape hypertufa pot has a built-in pedestal that gives it the look of a valued piece of garden art. Textured with bubble wrap and filled with sprawling stems of jade, the container makes a simple yet strong statement.
Part of hypertufa’s appeal is that you can experiment with different textures. For example, you can go with a smooth look. Or you can create an interesting effect with bubble wrap, burlap, or even a rug pad.
Experiment with different shapes, ranging from troughs and bowls to rectangles and boxes. It’s okay to mix them -- the common material links a collection of pots with varying shapes and sizes.
For a pleasing vignette, group an odd number of hypertufa pots. Mix up the heights and widths for variety.
A shallow hypertufa dish lets the plants do the talking. And what a conversation, too – try this playful pairing of caladium, gazania, salvia, and browallia.
By setting random stems of bamboo into the hypertufa before it dries, you can create a unique look just right for a meditative garden. Keep the look simple by filling with foliage rather than flowers. This container features mosaic plant.
History in the Making
This rectangular trough is a modern version of an old English stone planter. It’s surprisingly lightweight, however, so it can easily be moved wherever some decoration is needed.
Hypertufa is so easy to make you may end up with more containers than you know what to do with. In that case, use them to expand the garden upward and outward. This collection is housed on an old driveway. Gravel, garden art, and plants help tie it together.