So much pottery, so little time. And don’t you just want to pull your hair out when your favorite pot, either ceramic or terra cotta, breaks? I’ve had it happen before and a couple of them I’ve been able to salvage and creatively turn into garden art. So don’t toss that pot out quite yet – we have some ideas for what to do with broken plant pots.
These images might inspire you with what to do with broken plant pots!
Even odd-shaped pots like this vase can be up-cycled. You can either to dig a little hole for the pot to fit in or you can just nestle it in the garden. Once you have it in, there are so many different ways to fill that broken part in. Seen at the Los Angeles Arboretum.
Herbs can work in broken pots if there’s enough space & soil for them to grow into. This planting is at the end of the season but as you can see, it grew in well. Seen at Green Things Nursery, Tucson.
Here’s an idea for when a large pot breaks in 2. Stack 1 on top, fill with soil & plant away. Seen by the curb in the streets of Santa Barbara.
In this video we’ll show you ideas for broken pottery in detail:
If your pot shatters & there’s only a little bit of the side left, then piece it together around the base to create a planting area. 2 & 4″ plants are best to use for this one. Seen at Green Things.
Just the front 1/3 of the pot has broken away & it’s stacked on top of another broken pot to create height. Love the Buddha, the birdbath & the succulent planting at the base. Seen at Green Things.
It’s hard to see the pot because this planting is so full! Only a portion of the side had broken so there’s plenty of room for soil. Lots of tropical plants with a succulent thrown in the mix. Seen at Green Things.
Turned on its side, the rocks hold the soil in this pot. The truck is a fun touch. And yes, those are silk flowers! Seen at Green Things.
The break in this pot is very similar to the 1 filled with tropical plants except it’s planted with succulents. Planted by Nell in her Santa Barbara garden.
This pot is a tall one & even the top is broken off but who cares. It’s a multi-layered planting created by positioning big chunks of pottery. Seen at Green Things.
Here you have 2 pots & 2 ideas. Cacti are great in these types of plantings because they have small root balls, don’t need a lot of soil & prefer to be on the dry side. Seen at Civano Nursery, Tucson.
Love! We think this one tells a story & carries the Southwest theme out well. There are a couple of touches of Talavera pottery in there too. Seen at Green Things.
So, if your pot breaks, have a little fun with it. You may have to get your hammer out to get those chunks just how you want them. Choose a theme and run with it. Fairy gardens are popular right now and how cute would one of those be in a broken plant pot.
What would you plant in a broken plant pot?
Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by,
Nell & Lucy
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