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Old 06-04-2013, 06:25 AM
 
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I have a couple tree stumps that id like to turn into a flower/plant container. But not being very creative or knowledgeable with plants, id like to see if I can get some ideas on what to plant.

The stumps are near the center of my yard and at least one of them should get half a days work of sun. I live in Connecticut and would prefer something I wouldnt have to replant every year.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:42 AM
 
Location: SC
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I just saw some pictures of this yesterday and they planted Hostas in them. Neat idea.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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Thanks. Never heard of them, they look nice. Ill see if I can find any at Home Depot or somewhere around here. I think ill plant one of those on one stump, and maybe put a bird bath dish on another.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: SC
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They are perrenials and very hardy and come in different colors, sizes and patterns.. Here is the pic. I would of cored the centers out more to make more room.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:12 AM
 
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deer love them and they do best in shade depending on the variety. How hollow is the stump? Would you lose all your soil when it rains? Is there good drainage/ Has it been treated with anything to hasten rotting? All these things need to be taken into consideration.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:28 AM
 
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deer love them and they do best in shade depending on the variety. How hollow is the stump? Would you lose all your soil when it rains? Is there good drainage/ Has it been treated with anything to hasten rotting? All these things need to be taken into consideration.
Ive done nothing with the stump yet. I dont know the entire process of doing this, but figured I could use some tools I have to take out a large portion of the center of it, drill some drain holes, fill the hole with compost/dirt, then plant.

What should I use to hasten rotting?

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Old 06-04-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Since the stumps have a little bit of height to them, how about planting a clematis next to the one that gets some sun. The you can wind the clematis stem around the perimeter and let it cover the whole stump.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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What should I use to hasten rotting?

Sulphur, saltpeter, and charcoal.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Have you considered just having the stumps ground, instead of trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear?
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I have a couple tree stumps that id like to turn into a flower/plant container. But not being very creative or knowledgeable with plants, id like to see if I can get some ideas on what to plant.

The stumps are near the center of my yard and at least one of them should get half a days work of sun. I live in Connecticut and would prefer something I wouldnt have to replant every year.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
My grandmother grew tulips on/in a rotting tree stump for years. She always received compliments. Here are a couple of articles you may find useful.

Asking at a botanic garden in your area and calling your county extension agent are always worthwhile. In some places the latter may even make a trip out

How to Rot Tree Stumps | Home Guides | SF Gate

What to Plant in a Rotting Tree Stump | Home Guides | SF Gate
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