Large Trough Planters with bellflower

Making Large Trough Planters or Hypertufa Bowls – A Fun Mess!

Large Trough Planters are tough to make! We really found that out a few weeks ago when I got together with my daughter and my husband and we tried making a whole bunch of hypertufa pots in a marathon hypertufa-making session. It was pretty much chaos and I was trying to film it all. What a mess! This is the first time I tried a GoPro to film. My daughter had it on her head with the GoPro head strap.

I used my grandson’s GoPro HERO Session. His spoil-him-rotten Nana got him one on sale for his birthday in June. I have a lot of films of bike riding, random talking, and random explanations. ( He is from the YouTube generation so he is used to narrating what he does….imagine that?)

Large trough planters like this hypertufa bowl are my goal this year. I want big ones!

My daughter shares my love for hypertufa and it is nice when her work schedule and the weather cooperate and give us a day when we can make a whole lot of planters together. On this particular day, it all worked out and we set everything up and we were good to go!

This post may contain affiliate links which means if you should make a purchase, I could earn a commission. This helps me to support my website and my addiction to Portland cement. If you have any questions, see my Privacy Policy & Affiliate Disclosure Page

I have an electric cement mixer and when we are in the mood to go into “mass production,” this is what we use. I don’t have the best set-up in the world and I will need to consult next time with my daughter and get this thing organized. My cement mixer is very old, but when it quits on me, I WILL get a new one. Remember, I am Addicted to Hypertufa. When I try to film AND use the electric mixer, it is just chaotic. Hoses, extension cords, containers, plastic……Yeah, it is slightly unorganized. 

Large Trough Planters made in a cement mixer - Hypertufa

Large Trough Planters – Our Goal

Both my daughter and I wanted some large planters. I have been gradually favoring the larger hypertufa planters since I can plant more succulents in the same trough planter and just let them spread. Some of my sedum ( such as Coral Carpet) really grows well and gets wider and larger and cascades. And it blooms nicely too! Same with the Sedum sexangulare. I have so much of that too!  See my Succulent Index page for more suggestions.

My finished large trough planter - it's hypertufa

I have also started to only drill one hole in the center of the posts. I think it helps it to retain more water during dry spells. Since I have a lot of my hypertufa on gravel and on the deck, they tend to heat up and lose moisture quickly. So I think one hole in the bottom for drainage is enough.

What will go into my new large hypertufa?

I got a special deal on some clearance perennials at Lowe’s , so this is the plant I chose for my newest hypertufa bowl. It is Campanula poscharskyana “Blue Rivulet”  ( also known as Serbian Bellflower) and it is supposed to only get 4-7 inches tall, mounding and trailing, so it will be perfect. I have had this plant previously and love it. If you keep it deadheaded, it blooms most of the summer.

XXL Trough Planters Made with Hypertufa - It's Cement Mixer Time!

I have filmed another video of the planting up of this hypertufa bowl and I hope to have that ready shortly. But meanwhile, check out this video and watch us make hypertufa pots. It is fun playing at making “mud pies” with my daughter. Love it!

Bellflower for my new Large Trough Planters

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you like the video and will Pin and Share.  It helps me more than you know! Check out all my other videos too. I have a lot of basic info for beginners and for those who have experience.


  1. I have learned so much from you. Thank you so much. I plant not only succulents, but also, herbs in my planters and they do great. Thank you again for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome, and thanks so much for faithfully coming back again and again.

  2. How do you determine how much of the dry materials to use per the size of the pot your making?

  3. Annie Schiller says:

    I love this, but I’m hoping there is an alternative to Peat Moss we could use? It’s not considered environmentally-friendly anymore.

    1. I feel you could use coir which some people prefer. A bit more expensive. You could try a bagged soil mix which does have peat in it (usually.)

  4. Deborah Flowers says:

    Kim, that XXL bowl is amazing! I love it!
    Now if I can just find a used cement mixer for not too many dollars! 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. This one has become my favorite size. Not too big but not too little. I am really liking the bigger ones.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.