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Hypertufa Troughs are a Garden Must-Have


Hypertufa Troughs are a Garden Must-Have

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Garden troughs can contain large woodland landscapes, others are small and whimsical, and some even hold miniature rock gardens. Each has a distinct personality, which is part of the appeal of troughs. Because you can change the soil mix, you can grow plants in a trough that you couldn’t grow in your garden otherwise. You can make troughs from hypertufa, which is a mix of portland cement, perlite, and peat moss.

The grouping of troughs above contains mostly shade lovers. The center front trough is planted with a miniature fir; to the left is a miniature hosta. Second row, left to right: dwarf meadow rue (Thalictrum kiusianum) mixed with miniature hostas; holly-fern woodsia (Woodsia polystichoides) with Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ and rockfoil (Saxifraga veitchiana); and two troughs with bulbous fern, miniature hostas, and rockfoil. Back row against wall, left to right: miniature forget-me-not and Japanese painted fern; more rockfoil, Saxifraga paniculata’ Silver Velvet’, and self-seeded violets.

Cold Comfort

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Ahandmade hypertufa trough needs to cure in a shady area for 30 to 60 days. Once cured, it can be left out in freezing temperatures as long as it is elevated off the ground. A shallow version, such as this one, holds low-growing succulents and groundcovers.

Soothing Scene

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Nestled alongside a Japanese maple and a patch of wild ginger (Asarum canadense), the rock garden trough is filled with tufa rock, miniature hostas, and Kenilworth ivy (Cymbalaria muralis ‘Alba Compacta’).

Step Up

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Use leftover hypertufa mixture to create feet for your troughs to keep them off the ground. Add your favorite bonsai varieties and a lawn ornament to keep your trough garden looking festive.

Mini Woodland

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These containers lend texture and interest to a garden.

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