Tree stump planter with year-round appeal

This sycamore was cut down when it grew too big, so we turned its stump into a planter with evergreen grasses and variegated ivy.

Drill out the centres.

Use a variety of drill bits.

Chisel between the holes you have made.

Drill a couple of holes in the side of each stump for drainage – enough deep holes will remain where you can’t reach, these will form a ‘sump’ to reduce risk of drying out on hot summer days.

I used a breadknife on the root ball so the grass would fit into the cavity.

The stump is in a shady damp location – we picked evergreen plants to cheer up the corner of the garden.

The final result.

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