Count on clay pots to grow plants that often die from overwatering and overly moist soil, like rosemary, cacti or succulents. Unglazed terra-cotta breathes, permitting soil to dry out between waterings.
This cheery backyard features a stainless steel grilling area complete with ample countertop space for food preparation and serving. Brightly painted screens holding garden tools are attached to the wood fence, while clay pots are organized on multiple shelves.
Dress up your coffee table with greens, such as Boston fern, and accessories. Since ferns love moist soil, using organic clay pots lined with pea gravel gives you the option to lift the plant and water for easy care, says Karin Jeffcoat, owner of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C.
This variety of rosemary is beloved for its winter hardiness outdoors, but it also makes a fine indoor plant. The secret to success is to avoid overwatering (a clay pot helps) and growing it on the cool side through winter. Harvest leaves as needed to season meats and soups. Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’
In this quirky home office, stacked tables and desks in varying styles serve as a unique built-in display and storage system. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn cut the tables in half, spray painted them with three different shades of orange, attached them to one another, and affixed them to the wall with drywall screws placed directly into studs. He painted the walls a terra-cotta tone called Clay Pot and chose a blue desk chair for contrast.
Cluster your houseplants in a modern metal basket or beautiful tray. Use clay saucers or line your tray with cork to guard against water damage, says floral designer Angela Darrah. She likes to use terra cotta pots in two different heights for added interest and dimension.