Shade garden with hypertufa

Gotta Have It ! A Shade Garden in Hypertufa!

A shade garden for hypertufa is wonderful.

I saw the most lovely picture on a website and it has inspired me. It is a hypertufa trough planted with mosses and ferns.

Click here to see it.

I am planning to make some large troughs and put them in my shade garden, placing them among the Japanese Painted ferns and Coral Bells, and Lady’s Mantle. I think these will make a good combination.

I want to make some hypertufa troughs as big as a bale of hay! Not sure how I will do it. But I am determined.

And if you want some moss growing on your hypertufa troughs, I have a post about it here.


It may take most of the year to get the moss growing on the outside of the containers, not to mention the little cushions of it inside the planters, but it will be a work in progress. I am anxious to see how it will turn out.

This side of the house near the garage  is shaded by a maple tree and soon will have all those little “helicopters” falling til they are ankle-deep. I am just beginning to see them falling this week.  Those will need to be cleaned out.  But it will be worth the effort.


I have already placed a few bowls in the shade garden this past year and they have done very well. Small strawberry begonia and dwarf Solomon’s seal are planted there, and another has Deer’s Foot fern. Not sure if the deer’s foot fern survived since I did forget about it and it spent the winter in the snow. My bad.

I see the feet and legs of the deer foot fern in there but they are pretty brown looking here at the end of April. We’ll see.

Have you planted a shade trough or garden? What plants do you use? I have sweet woodruff planted in this garden and it has come out really well, but I will write about that in another post.

Have a wonderful spring day!



  1. Come back for more information any time.

  2. Thanks for finally talking about >Gotta Have It ! A Shade Garden in Hypertufa!
    – The Hypertufa Gardener <Loved it!

  3. Did you put up a blog post about how to properly grow moss in a garden, i would love to get your opinion on that.

    1. I have a post about growing moss on the hypertufa trough. “Let’s Grow Moss…..” It may work by using the mixture to pour on the ground. I would use a moss which grows on the ground to put into the mixture. (Unless you are wanting it to grow on stones) Mine just grows naturally in shady areas here. Maybe that is some help?

  4. I love the idea of a shade trough with ferns and moss. I have a lot of shade areas in my garden, but never thought to put a trough into them. The one on the Moss Rocks blog is very nice. I have an abundance of moss in my garden, it grows everywhere here in the PNW.

    1. I will try one or two . and I don’t see any reason why it won’t work.

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