How to Make Woodland-Inspired Bark-Wrapped Pots

Bring ephemeral beauty into your landscape with an easy woodland-inspired container!

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Nature-inspired containers provide a perfect setting for showing off charming woodland plants or wildflowers. Growing them in containers also gives you an opportunity to later transplant them into your garden. 

Like most other container plantings, potted woodland plants and wildflowers need regular watering. The smaller the pots, the more watchful you need to be, because they can dry out quickly. Displaying the containers in a spot sheltered from wind protects them from drying breezes. 

Make your own nature-inspired decorative container by wrapping a sheet of bark around a plastic nursery pot or a terra-cotta flowerpot. Follow these simple steps to create your very own!

What we used:

The large container includes eastern bluebells (Mertensia virginica), white wild bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia 'Alba'), and birdfoot violet (Viola pedata). The small pot (actually a hollowed-out branch) holds a delicate spring-flowering bleeding heart.

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What You Need

  • Terra-cotta container
  • Sheets of bark
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Twine or string
  • Potting mix and plants

Step 1: Wrap the Pot

Select a container large enough to hold your plants. Taking your sheets of bark, wrap the container losely to get a feel of the length you'll need. You can even overlap the sheets of bark—better too long than too short!

Step 2: Tie It All Together

Using heavy-duty scissors, cut the bark a bit taller than the pot and long enough to overlap the ends when wrapped around it. To hold the bark in place, tie twine around the pot.

Step 3: Plant In Pot

Finish off your project by adding the final touch: a container plant! You can combine several compatible wildflowers and other plants in the pot. When they finish flowering, plant them in your garden for the following year.

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