Containers forum: Hypertufa from Harlequin Gardens -- Boulder, CO

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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jul 3, 2012 7:56 PM CST
Got this wonderful planter from the Harlequin Gardens in Boulder after reading a post about them on ATP

They had some really big ones, this one is about 18 inches across, but I could not pick them up. Now to determine what I need to put into it.

I bought a couple of new interesting plants, but want to take a look around first. I wish I had taken my camera. Harlequin is a funky garden spot, not fancy but very nice people. I will want to go back in the spring. Lots of the plants got hail damage but are looking well enough.

Do you think I could/should paint/stain it a terracotta color to blend with some of my others? Or is that a no-no for a work of art?
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 4, 2012 11:15 AM CST

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Wow Sis, that is one large and awesome bowl.
You can paint it, stain it or just mix up some buttermilk and moss to paint it with. Place it in the shade and let it age. Meanwhile I would plant it with hardy type plants. Did you get one of those sweet species columbine? You could put that in with maybe one of the very tiny sedum (lydium, hispanicum) and one of the medium to smaller semps. Could even plant one of those awesome little species penstemon in it. Just think of the reward next year. Lovey dubby
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
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CDsSister
Jul 4, 2012 12:01 PM CST
Thanks, have been looking at penstemon online, I am trying to restrain myself and not overbuy and then be so disappointed if I lose them this winter. Sad Sad

I have a couple of thing you sent that are still living .... Smiling and hope will continue to do so. I will watch for the 1/2 off sales for some you have mentioned. Am tempted to go to Timberline and see if they have $1. plants left.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 4, 2012 12:27 PM CST

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Timberline has the species penstemon, just be sure to get one of the smaller types. They can also help you choose some others that would work well in that wonderful bowl. I love that place.

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