It was originally intended as a decorative element but somewhere along the line I decided that by planting these Dasylirion Wheeleri and Hesperaloe in partially buried Terra Cotta pots (pictured below) I had increased the drainage and that was helping to keep these drought tolerant/loving plants alive during our wet winters.
Perhaps, but the problem was about a year ago I started to hate the way they looked. I averted my eyes when I passed, which is difficult since they are right along our sidewalk. Three perfectly wonderful plants were being ignored because they were planted in ugly pots with even uglier Sempervivum. It was finally time to free the innocent plants.
Well it turns out I was right about the drainage. The roots and soil inside the pot were dry while the surrounding ground was quite moist from a recent rain. It’s a trade off. Now I enjoy looking at these plants and hopefully they will still be happy, maybe even spread out their cramped roots and grow, and not mind a little more moisture. I hope.
Why did it take me so long to do something about it? You don’t ever put off taking care of something in the garden that you’ve grown tired of, and even started to hate. Do you?