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10 Easy Pieces: Mossy Terra Cotta Pots and Planters


10 Easy Pieces: Mossy Terra Cotta Pots and Planters

April 6, 2016

Gardens look better with a patina of age. Soft edges, mossy surfaces, and faded colors are a reminder of the days when garden design was “a gentler art” (as landscape architect Janice Parker reminded us in this week’s Hardscaping 101 post).

Catapult your garden into a previous century with a moss-covered terra cotta pot. It’s easy to make your own (see DIY: Transform Your Terra Cotta into Mossy Antiques). Or for instant gratification, buy a pot that comes with a patina. Here are 10 of our favorite mossy pots and planters:


Above: Eden Mossed Pots are frost-proof and can stay outdoors even in winter. “Please note that our Eden mossed pots are designed to look authentic so they have a weathered appearance with uneven edges, no two will be exactly the same,” notes Rowen and Wren, which sells a medium pot for £11 and a Mini Mossed Pot for £4 (the large size shown in the photo is sold out).


Above: A planter and saucer set, a Mossed Redstone Rose Pot has a conical shape perfect for growing herbs, bulbs, or succulents and is available in four sizes, from to 5.25 inches high to 10 inches high. Depending on size, prices range from to $7.99 to $22.99 at Jamali Garden.


Above: Would you care for an olive with that pot? An Olive Tree Topiary in a 6.5-inch diameter mossy pot is $70 from Terrain.


Above: From Berkshires-based Campo di Fiori, a 6-inch-tall handmade Aged English Pot is $18 from Grdn in Brooklyn.


Above: Photograph by Rich Pomerantz.

Campo di Fiori owners Barbara Bockbrader and her husband, Robin Norris also sell pots in their Sheffield, Massachusetts shop. A Small Scale Aged Pie Crust Planter is available in three sizes ranging from 5 to 8 inches high and at prices from $16.25 to $33.75 depending on size.


Above: Available in three colors (moss grey, whitestone, and antique red), a Grande Rustic Rose Pot measuring 9 inches tall is $46 from Modish Store.


Above: A set of two Guy Wolff Hot House Pots (11 and 13 inches high, respectively) is $158 from Thos. Baker.


Above: Measuring 6.5 inches in diameter and 6.5 inches high, a handmade Moss Orchid Pot is $24 from Potted in Los Angeles.


Above: After having moss grown on them, clay pots in three sizes have an aged, vintage look. A Mossed Redstone Standard Pot comes in three sizes ranging from 3.5 inches high to 5.5 inches high; prices range from $3.50 to $14.99 apiece depending on size from Jamali Garden.


Above: Available in three sizes at prices ranging from $16 to $30 apiece, rounded Terracotta Moss Pots are available from Paxton Gate.

For more terra cotta, see 10 Easy Pieces: Terra Cotta Planters and Design Sleuth: Vertical Garden of Terra Cotta Pots.

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