I’ve seen some interesting head planters on Pinterest and other social media sites over the past few years, and decided this spring it was time to get in on the fun. Since these pieces are heavy cast stone, they’re not going to tip over in winds and consequently won’t break easily either. The planting space isn’t terribly roomy though, so extra care needs to be taken to ensure they don’t dry out.
Pinkie planted the one shown in the first pictures here using mostly succulents. They’re the perfect choice for planting in small spaces like this since they tolerate dry soil. Though the aeonium at the front is a short-term cool season plant, you can see in the second picture that the peach purslane and yellow bulbine were happy to take over the show once the aeonium pooped out in the heat.
A sedum ‘Blue Spruce’ is the single plant in the second, smaller head planter. It was planted at the end of June, and this picture was taken the beginning of September. Not bad for a tiny planting space!
We had one head planter left at the end of August, and it looked too empty. Since Pinkie had planted the other two for sun, I decided to try one with something in it for shade or filtered sun. While Pinkie’s head planters really look like hats, I decide mine would be a bit more bohemian.
One of my favorite plants is Hemigraphis ‘Red Flame’ or waffle plant. In container plantings it will steal the show, spilling out in a silvery purple wave. To it I added a tiny piece of a blue carex, a sedge that works very well in dry shade. The final addition was a dried pod for a “hat pin”. Now to find just the right spot…
By Kris Blevons