hypertufa trough filled with plants
Photo: Ken Druse
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64. House a Plant in Hypertufa

Cast your own hypertufa trough and fill it with rugged alpine plants, which will thrive in the porous container. Hypertufa has the look of weathered granite, but it's actually a DIY material made from cement, peat moss, and perlite. Combine the ingredients, add water, pack into a wood form, and let cure before popping off the mold. For the full step-by-step, see How to Make a Garden Trough.

Hypertufa container, about $50 for materials and plants; at home centers
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