Planted Furniture for the Patio
I looked around for a table that I could buy and convert to a planted table, but it just wasn’t practical.
As I create drawings and plans of gardens for a living, I drew what I wanted to scale and took the drawing to a carpenter friend and explained what I was going to do. He made a beautiful table out of treated wood for me with very sturdy legs to carry the weight of soil and plants. I told him that I needed at least 3 inches of soil in the top for root growth and he created the perfect table. I stained it and made sure there were plenty of drainage holes in the bottom and set to work.
I lined the whole thing with landscape cloth and filled it with soil.
After adding a good quality potting soil with plenty of vermiculite to lighten the load, I added fertilizer and leveled the mixture into the table top about an inch and a half below the top of the sides.
I let the soil settle over the course of a week and then started the fun part of planting.
Since the table was to be placed on a patio in partial shade, I selected shade plants with beautiful foliage and some seasonal pansies for lots of color. The pansies can be rotated out later in the spring when the weather warms up.
I placed flat stones to set drinks on and then covered all the soil with moss mounds from a local florist.
I have had it for 6 weeks now, and the plants are growing and filling in. I keep it misted with water about every 3 to 4 days and the moss is holding up fine.