Sometimes when I'm making hypertufa I have what I think is a great idea, and it's a flop. Other times, I can't believe how well they turn out!
Here are the nine best successes with hypertufa in my short career as a hypertufarist.
Learning how to have patience while waiting for the pieces to cure properly is one thing; the staying power to wait and allow them to weather properly (which means, get moss on them) and for the plants to fill them and start to look happy is another.
Luckily, this exercise in patience is paying off.
Although some of these projects were made several years ago, it's only now that they are really showing their true colors; plants are established, and moss grows on the peat moss as the hypertufa wears away a bit.
The projects that get planted with tiny hardy succulents to suit the scale of the little mountain crag just keep getting better and better.
This is the ideal situation for Sempervivum, which love the 'tooth' of the rough surface, giving them something to grip to.
The fissures and strata planters that I make are so pretty when filled with overflowing succulents.
The different textures of the carved designs are so fun in combination.
Some of the millstones have round holes in the center, others square ones.
Laid flat on the ground, these can be planted too - or standing, they provide a peek-a-boo experience.
Pinch pots are actually made in a Ziploc bag.
Strata planters with the tiny Sempervivum squishing out from between the layers.
The driftwood twig is wired on to this basket formed creation. The wires are right inside the mix as it dried.
The stems of the toadstools are actually lengths of twig, which gives it a unique appearance (plus, I couldn't figure out how to make the stems from hypertufa).
These are only about two to three inches across.
Grots actually scare off the weeds - you can see why!
Here are just a few of the most popular of all my projects - what will you make? Get inspired...