Hypertufa in The Garden ~ The Look Of Aged Stone



How can you not fall in love with these ancient-looking stone planters.?

These are made with hypertufa which is a mixture of Portland cement, vermiculite, (or perlite)  and peat moss. This mixture cures into a stone-like planter that is heavy and durable, but lighter than cement.

Its surface has an aged appearance due to the peat inside the mix which will deteriorate over time leaving the surface dimpled and then moss or lichen grow upon the surface just adding to  the aged appearance….which I adore!


Are you looking for Draped Hypertufa?


Check here for the instructions and videos to learn how to make these. It’s easy and fun. They can be stained or painted any color and holes can be drilled in them easily since they are just thin “concrete.”
See this updated post for directions and video.

 Go here to Revisit: The Draped Hypertufa Planter

 Need The Recipe To Make Hypertufa?   Check the Procedure Page.

You will find a detailed explanation of how to make your own hypertufa planter.

It is like being a child and playing in the mud.
I have my recipes and videos too!  You can make a beautiful ancient-looking container yourself !

And you can plant it any way you like. You are NOT limited to succulents or cactus. You can make a lovely shade dish or trough for your shade garden.
And I will show you how to make moss grow on it!

Phlox subulata "McDaniels Cushion"

Phlox subulata “McDaniels Cushion”


How about a hypertufa planter but without the cement?

I call this “Almost” Hypertufa.

It’s made from any discarded styrofoam box!  And you can do it in a few hours and be ready to plant the next day.

Read about making it under the tab “Almost Hypertufa.”

Come and explore and you will learn about hypertufa and how wonderfully it can enhance your garden and maybe fall in love with it as I have.

Lots of Videos and Tutorials If you need to see it demonstrated, I have a lot of videos showing me in action making these hypertufa projects.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Page: Videos and Tutorials

Take a look around the site and find something you like. Make it and you will be hooked on hypertufa forever. It is just such an awesome planter to have in your garden…………or to have many in your garden.
Be sure to leave some comments for me. I appreciate each one. I like to hear what your think about the pictures and posts. I will try and answer any questions you may have.

12 comments for “Hypertufa in The Garden ~ The Look Of Aged Stone

  1. marty
    November 13, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Hello….I was wondering if you have ever made small houses from the hypertufa? I’ve been searching the web but have not found anything of how to build the house. Thank you.

    • Kim
      November 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Sorry, Marty. I have not made any of the small fairy houses. I see a lot of pictures thru Pinterest and around the web, but no directions. Someone may chime in and let us know? Maybe that is something I should try?

  2. Esther
    August 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I love all of your work. Thank you for your assist on GW. I will begin my hypertufa pond next weekend. I hope I can ask you some other questions just so that I feel a little more confident doing my pond project. I will have my hubby or daughter take pictures as I go and would love to share them with you. Please let me know if that’s ok. I will keep looking at more of your pictures and videos. Your work with hypertufa inspires me. Thank you. Esther, aka LatinaSoul on GW.

    • Kim
      September 1, 2014 at 4:58 am

      Thanks, Esther. I would love to see pictures of your pond. There is a Facebook Page under this same name. Feel free to share there and we can get a lot of opinions and help. I think the pond will be wonderful.

    • katknight4@gmail.com
      October 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Pond? are you making a pond out of Hypertufa? I am loving these

      • Kim
        October 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        It appears she is, but I haven’t heard anything about how it turned out. Let us know, Esther!

  3. Shirley Robinson
    August 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    You are not the only one making hypetufa . There is a face book called hypertufa. I have been making these pots and a couple of drapes on pails. I can’t wait to watch your video.

    • Kim
      August 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Love that someone else is making them too! Love to see pictures of yours. Post them on the Facebook Page?

  4. Dorothy McGinnis
    July 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    How wonderful you are to share all this information. Your hypertufa and your plant choices are just great. I have wanted to do this and still may after our summer heat has gone downs some. Living in Texas. our weather is a little different than yours.

    This is my all-time best website to view. Since I’m 75 and not in good health, anything I try will have to be small, but I so hope to do something. Oh, how I wish I lived close enough to know you. What a super person you must be. I will be watching your website on my pain days and imagining what it would be like to be in your garden. Thank you so much for the time you have spent sharing what you have learned.

    • July 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Dorothy, how sweet of you! You may like doing some little ones. I have some that I have made from yogurt containers, and I call them my cupcake tufas. Just room for a little hen or two, or maybe some tiny urchin. I may not have posted pictures on the website, but maybe there are some on the Facebook Page of the same name. And I sure bet we could share some garden stories, too! Hope you keep comfortable, and without too much pain.

  5. ron
    July 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Great website, I’m addicted to hypertufa and your videos are a great help and inspiration. This past summer I made 4 pots with great success but I had to use my own formula 3 parts Portland 1 part peat and 1 part perlite. Its a little heavier of a mixture it works for me. tomorrow I plan on using a plastic jack o lantern as a mold and use my dremel saw to cut it when cured. I will try your draping hypertufa pots. I do have some problems with color, since im too cheap to buy concrete color I tried fabric dye, black turns light grey, Yellow or brown no effect.
    Mistake paint from home depot is so so, if the color is really loud like flouresent orange. also made some rock borders. I dug shapes in the ground lined it with plastic and added the hypertufa, I think they look like the real thing.
    thanks for this site, sometimes I feel like im the only one doing this,

    • July 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

      Thanks, Ron. I know what you mean about being the only one doing this. I don’t see many people doing this, but I can’t help myself. I just love the look and I always want to try something new or different. Tried the paint thing, but mostly I just apply to the outside if I decide I want different color. Jack O Lantern sounds interesting!

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