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Chiminea planting

Hi everyone! 

This is my first post and I'm a complete newbie when it comes to gardening. We've been in our current house for 10 years and our small North facing garden has always been just patio. 

I want to change this now and are mid-change. I've got various plants, flowers and shrubs in pots dotted around and they are doing well. I want to attract as much wildlife as possible so the plants I do have are supposedly attractive  to bees and butterflies. 

Last week I bought a large chiminea which was slightly damaged. I've now had a replacement delivered and the company have said to do with the first one as I wish. 

I would like to make a feature of it in the corner of the garden and plant it up. I don't know whether to have two different displays - a hanging variety to come out of the front and a different one which protrude from the top or of it would be possible to have the same plant shown from the front and top. 

I'd love your suggestions as to which plants would suit this (perennials preferred). For reference the chiminea is a purple glazed clay. 

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,849

    Hi daisy.chain and welcome to the forum. Your chiminea might not be the most ideal of planters as it would not have any drainage in the bottom. You could find a plant pot with built in saucer that would sit in the top which you could plant up with any preferred small perennial. The Golden Creeping Jenny, Lysimachia nummularia Aurea would look lovely cascading down over the purple chiminea. About the lower section, I really don't think it would work as light would only come in from one side and would not be good for plants as well as the aforementioned lack of drainage.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,118

    WE HAD JUST BOUGHT A LARGE CHIMNEA WHEN OUR BUILDER DID WHAT BUILDERS DO AND WE DISCOVERED THAT WE HAD A CRACKED CHIMNEA. 

    I SPLIT OURS INTO TWO PARTS. THE LOWER PART, RESTING ON THE SPRINGY LEGS, WAS TAKEN OFF AND PLACED ON THE GROUND. IT BECAME A PLANTER ON THE PATIO.

    THE TOP HALF WAS PUT UPSIDE DOWN INTO THE SPRINGY LEGS AND HELD A SMALL POT, ALSO ON THE PATIO.

    I WON'T SAY WHAT I DID TO THE BUILDER.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • NanniemoNanniemo Posts: 219

    If you are unable to drill some drainage holes in the bottom, you could plant some sempervivum or similar plants in the main part, if you google you'll see some images of the type of things you can do, along with Ladybird4's suggestion for the top.

  • Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'm away to look up the varieties. 

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