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I've been given 2 old tall chimney pots which I'd like to plant with some trailing geraniums. It will take such a large amount of compost to fill them that I thought of fitting largish flower pots into the tops.  Does anyone have a better idea please as I think the plants will dry out very quickly  if I go down that path.


  • Can you not just chuck in a load of garden soil in the bottom and put compost in the top part only?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,226

    Hi Jennifer. You don't really need to fil the whole of the chimney pots with compost. To assist drainage you can use broken crocks etc to fill up a reasonable section of the pots before adding your compost.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    I agree with geum but position them first!!

    SW Scotland
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379

    I do what you first thought of - put plastic pots in the top and plant into them.  They need a daily watering in the summer, but then so do all my annual displays.  Its also easy to ring the changes then.  Lobelia and calibriocha work really well for trailingimage

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379


    Heres the resultimage

  • Jennifer 10Jennifer 10 Posts: 112

    I use hangers like this  -

    But you can also get plant pots that will sit on the rim.  I also use those.    If you fill the chimney pots  up with stuff they get unmoveable, and I move mine about depending how I want the garden to look. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,280

    I just wedge a plastic saucer in them and stick a suitably sized terracotta pot on top.

    I have also made a table by laying a slab of marble on top of two of them.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • jennifer132jennifer132 Posts: 11

    thanks everyone for your ideas and advice.

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