If you live in an apartment or townhouse or just have no soil for gardening, there’s a great old way invented by the Spanish. It dates back to before indoor plumbing, when the lady of the house poured her dirty wash water onto potted plants and flowers. Oddly enough the nitrates and phosphates in old fashioned soap provided mild doses of fertilizer.
A Spanish style home with iron brackets to hold the wall pots filled with traditional red zonal geraniums.
Out of this evolved the Spanish wall pots which provide more opportunity for planting where there’s too little space for pots on the ground. These vertical gardens turned plain blank house walls into living waterfalls of color. I have always loved this approach and when I found the Campo de Fiori pie crust wall pots I knew they’d be something my friends in the city would love!
This set of three aged wall pots is just $61 at the MoPlants.com store. http://www.moplants.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=M&Category_Code=Garden
These pots are thrown with a flat back rim so they sit tightly against the wall, but the body of the pot is separate so you don’t have to worry about seepage through the pot staining your stucco. A generous hole at the top makes for easy hanging with a nail, screw or molly bolt anchored into a fence or wall. The terra cotta has also been specially aged so moss is already started in the clay, and when moist they take on a beautiful greenish patina.
Geraniums are the traditional plants for Spanish wall pots. These ivy geraniums will dangle in waves of color or you can use the traditional fuzzy leaf upright zonals in all the hot colors from pink to red and purple.