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Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden

By Lori Chips

Prepare to be mesmerized by your newest obsession. But fear not—you are in the ultracapable hands of a master.

Tovah Martin, author of The Garden in Every Sense and Season

Hypertufa containers—also known as troughs—are rustic, striking, versatile, and perfect for small, Alpine plants. A mix of cement, perlite, peat, and water, they are simple and affordable to make at home. Hypertufa Containers details everything you need to know to make your own troughs and successfully garden in them. From plant portraits that include growing and cultivation information along with potting tips you’ll discover the amazing variety of plants that thrive in troughs. Hypertufa Containers features step-by-step instructions and color photography for making hypertufa containers in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Media reviews

"A complete guide to every aspect of designing, making and planting fascinating, creative hypertufa troughs. If you are a total novice, Lori’s clear, detailed, engaging writing will take you through every step with confidence.…One of those special books that won’t just be sitting on the shelf. It is going to be out with me in the garden, no doubt getting spattered and stained with wet hypertufa."

North American Rock Garden Society

"Everything you need to know to make your own troughs.…​Be careful ... you might catch the alpine bug!"

Connecticut Gardener

About the author

Lori Chips

Lori Chips is the Alpine Manager at Oliver Nurseries in Connecticut, pressing the boundaries in the art and science of trough making and planting. She writes for the North American Rock Garden Society, has judged at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and is the recipient of the Carleton R. Worth Award for horticultural writing.

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