Creating a Buried Pot Garden

Creating a buried pot garden is a beautiful and easy way to ecoscape. Not only will your garden be extraordinarily charming and tidy, it'll consume less water and energy. Sunken planter gardens like this one provide both form and function. The pots prevent your herbs or plants from overrunning their designated areas, and the mulch keeps unwanted weeds and pests at bay while consuming no water and energy.

To recreate this look, it's best to use ceramic pots with a wide brim for a standout look. Choose bright, light colors like yellow, white, turquoise and fluorescents for greater contrast against the darker mulch. For the surrounding ground coverage, select mulch, gravel or stones that will off-set your pot color. And lastly, edging your ground cover with rosemary (seen here) or garden borders will help keep it in place.

For mulch options, recycled rubber mulch has advantages over the traditional bark. It's heavier so it's more resistant to blowing all over the path and making a mess, doesn't attract termites like bark, and is more effective at retaining moisture. It's also eco-friendly to boot, made from recycled tires.

This buried pot garden is tidy perfection. We'd love to hear about your results!

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(Image: Kristin from Townmouse Children's Wear)