Damaged terracotta pots can be much more than they're cracked up to be. With a little ingenuity, you can create a feature for your garden that will grow around the pieces. If you don’t have any broken pots lying about and love the look, get smashing! Or you can put together our other clever ideas – just place your creation in full sun and water occasionally.
It’s good to start with a pot that has its bottom intact, but you could stick bigger pieces back together using epoxy glue if the pot is in a real state.
Gather your supplies
• Broken terracotta pot (here, 25cm dia.) and smaller shards
• Small (8-10cm dia.) terracotta pot
• Cactus and succulent potting mix
• Selection of succulents, such as sempervivums, echeverias and sedums
• Wood or bamboo skewers
• Small decorative pebbles
Note Every broken pot will be different, but to start from scratch, soak pot in water overnight, then clamp two small pieces of wood inside and out and lever to break a piece off. (Or just bash it and see what happens!) If you go too far, when dry, use epoxy glue to undo your handiwork.
Step 1 Press potting mix into base of main pot to just below the broken edge at front.
Step 2 Plant a cluster of succulents along broken edge. Carefully press roots into potting mix, and backfill.
Step 3 Place a large shard inside pot, creating a small ‘retaining wall’ behind succulents. Press firmly into place and fill behind it with more potting mix.
Step 4 Continue adding plants and broken shards as desired, filling in gaps and edges with potting mix.
Step 5 Place small pot upright at rear of display, and anchor it by inserting skewer through drainage hole. Plant with a succulent.
Step 6 Finish planting top of main pot and along broken edge at front. Cover exposed soil with pebbles (an old spoon is useful for this) and water well.