Giving your Garden an Eclectic Edge
Making hypertufa can be so addictive; you’ll end up with pots, containers, crags and all sorts of other decorative things.
Where do you put them? Instead of leaving them piled up in storage, get those funky creations out and display them in your garden; now you’re talkin’!
Even a project that didn’t work out how you planned can look incredible with some succulents sprawling over it.
I’ve seen some very funky hypertufa with gems glued on, combined with driftwood or surrounded by river rock and a selection of hardy succulents to meld it into a very unique display.
The porous sides and rough texture are a succulent plants dream. The roots of succulents need to butt up against something with texture to force them to split and divide. This gives them the impetus to grow more, and in some cases, bloom.
There’s nothing more fun than a selection of hypertufa pots in various sizes displayed on a shelf or a flat rock. Don’t just line them up – cluster and clump them to give it a random natural look.
Small faces can peek out from among ferns, and the color of the silvery grey concrete combines perfectly with other statuary of resin or concrete.
Think outside the box with this crazy material. There is nothing more fun than lining some dishes or bowls from the thrift store or dollar store with plastic, throwing in some hypertufa mix, and playing with texture.
I save bubble wrap and other scraps to line molds with.
The materials and supplies are common – many garden centers and hardware stores carry peat moss and perlite, and Portland cement is typically found in lumber yards.
Make sure you have a lot of ideas and molds lined up before you start – a bag of cement makes a lot of hypertufa!
Here are a few of my favorite planters and pots, each linked to that project. The tutorials are not all on this site, but generally, the projects themselves have appeared in various places in my garden.