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Surprising Garden Pots: Chimney Flue Liners

Sold in a variety of shapes and sizes at masonry yards, clay chimney flue liners cost less than terra-cotta pots. Use them to display a bevy of brightly colored plants, such as (left) Bouvardia ternifolia, Abutilon 'Dwarf Red,' Duranta erecta 'Golden Edge,' Coleus 'Sedona,' Ruta graveolens 'Blue Beauty,' and Colocasia esculenta 'Fallax.'


  • Clay chimney flue liner
  • Sheet of plastic
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • 3-by-1-inch dowel
  • Concrete sand mix
  • Acrylic fortifier
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Soil
  • Plants


  1. Step 1

    If desired, have a mason cut a liner to the height you want, then seal the base: Place the liner on a sheet of plastic. Cut a piece of chicken wire to size.

  2. Step 2


    To create a drainage hole, snip wire in center to accommodate a 3-by-1-inch dowel (below). Combine concrete sand mix with acrylic fortifier and water, following manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Step 3

    Wearing rubber gloves, cover chicken wire with a 3/4- to 1-inch layer of sand mixture. Follow directions on curing, which will take 3 to 5 days.

  4. Step 4

    Once solid, remove dowel, and peel plastic off bottom. Add soil, and plant.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2006