History of Clay Pots – An Important Element of Gardening


The humble clay pot has been around in the gardening world ever since the reign of Ramses III. The Roman senators considered the clay pot a trend and Cosimo di Medici brought it back into the public’s attention. Luc della Robbia decorated it and made it look like a piece of art.

Thus goes the sparkling past of the clay pot used to grow flowers. Its forte is the impressive versatility, a very important quality which continues to make it indispensable for those who like gardening.

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What exactly hides inside a clay pot? What can you grow into one? You should know that all plants enjoy living inside a clay pot if the soil is adapted to their necessary nutritional value. In fact only the very small place and the gardening trends can stop the long and happy life of clay pots.

Queen Hatshepsut, one of the most famous queens of Egypt, built her garden on a rocky terrain. She ordered that all the clay pots that were about to host her garden be filled with rich soil from the land flooded every year by the Nile river.

This is how a paradise was created in a dead corner of the Egyptian land. The queen’s temple was very different from other temples. It spread over three successive terraces linked by alleys spread among scented flowers. The entire amazingly beautiful scenery was created with clay pots.

clay potAnother very famous historical celebrity, Archimedes, projected for king Hiero a ship on whose deck he placed a large number of clay pots. This way, the king of Syracuse could sail the Mediterranean Sea while resting in a “garden” filled with amazing flowers.

The people in love with the sensitive, exotic plants (oleanders, cactuses, citrus trees) are very appreciative of the clay pots’ mobility.

For a regular garden these pots are important accessories for the interior design. A clay pot display can beautify a random garden making it look more familiar especially if they are placed in a row of three.

If you go for large pots the effect will be even more spectacular. You may think that the larger pots are hard to manipulate but it is not exactly so.

The terracotta pots are preferred by many garden passionates. The porous structure of the clay remains intact even after burning, thus allowing evaporation and helping the roots to breathe.

Along the history, the clay pots became a constant presence in any garden with a sense of style. Their practical nature made them more than an accessory. Nowadays many people like to have them as a decorative garden element.

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