Oh, no! Someone has knocked down a pot of flowers and broken it! Ah, well, it happens… And sometimes you see a broken pot at a sale and think why in the world are they selling that? But wait, these can be bargains!
Here is what I do. First I started putting a ‘carpet’ of broken terra cotta pots under the hose bib.
A place was found to use this set of broken blue pots found at the flea market. I knocked them over and before I ever got to plant them!
What really hurt was this broken Bauer pot, a treasure found at a University Flea Market in my favorite color! Broken from being left out in freezing weather most likely. I found a spot for the pieces which pleases me, next to the Germander sage, Salvia chamaedryoides, a color match. Eases the pain a bit!
This idea below, seen on a garden tour, comes obviously from the heartbreak of a large broken pot. Planted with sedum and echeveria with small mushrooms placed inside it makes a now charming accent to a flower bed.
So if you see broken or flawed pots at a thrift store or tag sale, you know they can be used in the garden with a little creative imagination!