If you have never heard of pot toppers then this post is for you. What we are referring to is the items you place on the top soil of your garden planters.
Why you ask do you need to put anything on the top soil of indoor or outdoor garden pottery? It involves a couple of reasons. The first is by protecting the soil and therefore the plants root exposure you are keeping the plant from really cold or hot weather.
In the cold the water you put on your plants will freeze so the topper will keep the soil warmer and stop it from freezing. In the warm weather the topper will keep the soil cool and the roots won't be exposed to the intense heat and the possibility of drying out faster.
A second reason is a pottery topper will protect the soil from having the nutrients depleted as fast as if the soil is exposed directly to the sunlight. The whole idea is to create a nice moist bed for the potted plants roots to rest while the plant is dormant or in a growth season. All plants have roots that like nice dark, moist, even temperature conditions.
Lastly, as you can see from these photos the items you can use as a pottery topper are only limited by your imagination. This is your chance to get creative. Use rocks, colored pebbles, pine cones, plastic toys or beads, pot shards, corks, fruit and so much more. It's really a fun thing to do and it adds a lot of pizazz to your garden pottery & window boxes.
Don't let the soil in your indoor or outdoor garden containers sit unprotected. This little step can mean the difference between success and failure! And, look good!
Try using gravel for great drainage in all kinds of plantersand then finish of the look by topping the soil. Nice!
It's very common for most gardeners to grab a few stones, pieces of broken clay potteryor pot filler,to cover the drain hole in the bottom of most garden planters. If you choose to go this route we suggest adding a thin layer of pebble gravel. Any of these products will help the soil drain but still keep it from running out the bottom of the pot and getting your deck or patio surface dirty.
You also don't want any standing water in the bottom of your garden pots or the roots of your plants will rot. Gravel can also be used to help with the draining of the soil. Just add some to the soil mix, toss it gently and it helps the soil drain better. We love to see cacti, succulents and bulbs grown in gravel & water only. It creates a unique look.
Try top-dressing your planters with colorful gravel. It not only is attractive but it really keeps the potting soil from drying out as fast. Gravel as a pot topper also helps to keep water and soil from splashing up on the plants.
You can find colorful gravels that look decorative and beautiful at most garden center or aquarium outlets. Don't leave your potted plants looking good when they can look GREAT!!!
By dressing up the top of your garden planters with decorative materials it will not only make the pots look outstanding but the items will help to retain the soil's moisture. Looks & Function create a great combination!
By placing a topping of some kind of material on top of the soil of your potted garden plants it helps to prevent the soil from washing out of the pot when you water. It also traps the moisture that would quickly evaporate from uncovered soil. Your plants roots will stay cooler, even in the hottest weather and are able to spread more uniformly through the soil in the pot. These are all great things for the health and growth of the plants that you love so much.
Another way to look at top dressing your garden pottery is: have you ever potted a plant and wished for something to add a bit more spice to your creation? Everything looks OK but just not exciting! by topping the soil with decorative materials you add a touch of whimsy and eye catching finish to a lovely planter. It's fun and creative and you can really get your decorative juices flowing.
The main thing to consider is you want to build a barrier between the top of the pot and the soil that surrounds your plants. You can use many different kinds of materials and really the only thing that is limiting you is your imagination.
Try colorful marbles that will glimmer and shine in the sun. A seashell collection from your last trip to the beach or a rock collection of rocks from your many hikes are all good toppers. Polished rocks, and faux rocks give a zen feel to the planted pot.
We show pot shards on top or fresh picked fruit. If you have children involved, try using their plastic toys or fun games pieces like checkers, or chess men.
Use your imagination and have fun. It's healthy for your plants & you!