When you buy a new planter or container for the garden chances are that it will look all shiny and new. You may well be happy with this new look, but some people prefer their pots to exhibit a more weathered or antique look to give the impression of timelessness as if it has been in place for many years. If you are one of those who would like to learn how to transform a new pot to give it an antique look then this article by Hilary Rinaldi which I found on the Weekend Gardener website will show you two ways to achieve this effect.

Terra cotta, stone, and concrete containers and sculptures all lend themselves nicely to having moss grown on them, giving each one an antique look.
You can also add a “patina” or even a “faux moss” look to a terra cotta container that will give it its own special beauty, and a sense of timelessness.
Depending on what kind of garden or yard you have, sometimes it’s fun to make new clay, stone, or concrete container look old, and these techniques work really well with “urn shaped” containers, because you can place them into your garden setting, and they look like they have been there for years.

Of course, terra cotta and concrete pots will age into beautiful works of art after years of sitting in your garden, but why wait, when these aging and antiquing techniques are fast, easy, and inexpensive to do.
Plus, in addition to making pots look old, we are going to discuss some great shrubs, perennials and annuals that look their best in the fall. This way you can plant your newly “aged” containers to look outstanding for upcoming holiday events you may be hosting, and your garden, and front walkways will look great.
These containers would also be a great gift for someone you know who is an avid gardener, so let’s get started.

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