Water butts at the Harrogate Flower Show Spring 2022

Rainwater Terrace water butts with planters have had an exciting 4 days at the Harrogate Flower Show 2022 demonstrating how these clever water butts work.

Rainwater Terrace water butt stand at the 2022 Harrogate Flower Show

They are the most versatile water butt on the market providing not only rainwater storage for use on gardens but provide planting space which is great for and flowers or plants that would go into hanging baskets or small pots as well as a huge variety of salad leaves, herbs and small fruits such as strawberry plants.

Herbs and salad leaves growing in water butt planters at Harrogate Flower Show

All the planters which and detachable from the water butt are self watering as long as some rainwater has flowed through the system.

Spring planting display on top of a water butt at the Harrogate Flower Show 2022

The Rainwater Terrace water butt & growing system surprises people when they see inside, there is an inbuilt filtration system that catches silt and debris off a roof firstly in the top planter tray and secondly in the top water container this means water collected in the lower water containers is much cleaner which is ideal for car washing. The through flow system not only provides cleaner water butt it acts as an overflow back to the downpipe which ensures the system will never overflow out of the top and the water within the system is kept fresh as the water in the system is constantly refreshed each time new rainfall enters the water butt.

134 Litre water butt with planters on display at the Harrogate Flower Show

We have enjoyed telling you all about how our water butts work and why they are so unique in comparison to other water butts on the market. If you want to see what our customers think why not see our reviews here 

200 Litre Water butt with flowers on display at the Harrogate Flower Show 2022



Creating a stunning water butt planter with height and depth.

Rainwater Terrace water butt top planter planted with bulbs and moss
Rainwater Terrace water butts come with a top planter tray which is suitable for a range of plants however if you are wanting to plant larger plants on the top of your water butt this blog may be useful.
We start by fitting the capillary mats into the top planter then find a large black plant pot we went for one that was approx 20cm diameter, dont worry about the height as this can be trimmed down to suit the height of your plant. You may be able to reuse the plant pot that the plant you are wishing to use came in.
Large black plant pot
We then carefully trimmed the base off the plant pot using a small saw, scissors can then used to trim it down in height.
Plant pot with base trimmed off
The pot is then placed towards the back edge of the Rainwater Terrace top planter tray.
black plant pot with bottom cut off
The pot is then back filled with compost, its important that the cut edge of the pot is at the top as shown.
Large ornamental grass in water butt planter
We added a large ornamental grass, we love the colour and texture of the grass as it overhangs the planter. We then filled around the planter with a layer of soil before adding more plants. We try to keep the largest plants at the back and smaller plants at the front of the planter. Ivy is always a good choice as it trails over the water butt.
Rainwater top planter planting ideas with ornamental grass and ivy
As we add plants we try build the compost up around the upturned plant pot in the middle. As the plants grow the roots hold the compost in place.
For our Spring themed planter we have chosen to plant ready to plant bulbs purchased at the garden centre along with moss which has been used to fill around the bulbs. The moss will also double up as an excellent nesting material should birds choose to come and take some as nesting season begins.
bulbs covered in moss in a water butt Spring planter
The bulbs we planted are Scilla Siberica Blauw, Crocus Biflorus Miss Vain, Ipheon Alberto Castilo, Narcissi Thalia, Muscari Blue Magic, Cinodoxa Rosea and Crocus Tricolor,
Two weeks after planting we are seeing some colour as the buds open. This is a really easy way to create a dramatic looking floral display that will look great throughout the sunny but cooler Spring months.
Spring planter for a water butt