what is best to grow in a terracotta pot?
Something that likes dryish soil. Terracotta dries out much more quickly than plastic.
Yeah I figured that when the plant in there died quite quickly, any ideas what what suit best
Anything you like if you keep it watered
Depends what you want it do do - do you want something that looks good all year round?
Yes all rye air round if poss
Yes all year around if poss
And is this plant to go anywhere in particular - on a patio or terrace or front porch?
Pits to go in that chimney terracotta pot
I would also suggest that you mix in some water retaining crystals to help it from drying out.If it is in a nice sunny possition maybe a lavender would be ok with some trailer with it.
If not, a nice fern and varigated ivy would also look nice.
I was thinking that a phormium might be suitable
Can you get a plastic pot that fits inside the terracotta pot? Then it won't dry out as fast
You could paint it inside and out with a couple of coats of clear acrylic varnish which is water based and that will help with water absorption and give some protection from frost damage.
I would then suggest a simple, hardy ornamental grass such as carex bronze beauty which is evergreen and will give year round interest. The foliage will dance in the breeze and glow in the sun and just needs coming through by hand (wear gloves) or with a rake in spring to remove dead foliage.