Miniature Garden Decor, Supplies, Plants and Accessories
Miniature gardening is a hobby that combines the joy of gardening with the creativity of crafting like no other hobby is able to provide. It can be as small or large as you want it to be. This type of small garden design involves combining dwarf or miniature garden plants, ground covers with small leaves, miniature garden decor and materials: furniture and patio accessories, and tools that help you create an enchanting miniature scene.
It can be a mini-replica of your current garden, a re-creation of a childhood memory, or a fantastical place you wish to visit!
A popular location for miniature gardens is outdoors in a garden bed or staged on a patio table. It allows you to contribute a unique element to your exterior design and it can be as small or large as you’d like.
A miniature landscape can be grown on your kitchen windowsill or on your work desk. You can create a little garden as a kind of Tablescape, or as a centrepiece for a special anniversary or a birthday party. It can be a mini herb garden or terrarium. Overall, it should be a place for anyone to escape for a few minutes…
Miniature Gardens: A Take on Container Gardening
Selecting a Container: If the main location of your garden is outside, any type of pot or container that allows excess water to drain out and holds soil will work. Indoors, you can consider other options (see Proper Drainage section below) and even terrarium miniatures. The best miniature garden containers will have an open and large surface area that can accommodate numerous organic and un-natural accessories.
Wood boxes, hyper-tufa troughs, wicker baskets, terra cotta and ceramic pots, as well as porcelain are all good options for you to consider. If there isn’t a liner in the wicker basket, burlap or a black plastic bag can be used for lining the inside of the basket (cut open the bag and fold the edges back in).
Small containers function really well to create small garden scenes or vignettes. Save your Broken Pots! They make great gifts, also. Another popular item that is being use to house creative miniature gardens are broken pots and the shards. You are also recycling, so you can feel good about that. 🙂
Selecting a Spot in Your Garden: It is important to find a special spot for your miniature garden when placing it in the ground, without housing.
Locating it near a bench or under a tree can provide the small landscape with an anchor and ensure that visitors don’t overlook it. Fun garden ideas generally provide a reward to the observant.
To make a surprise garden feature or traditional fairy garden, think about planting your mini-garden underneath an arching shrub or tree, or amidst a bunch of hostas or ferns. Some perks from creating a small landscape on the ground is that it provides you with the chance to use changes in elevation to make it more dynamic. Protection from direct afternoon sun, strong winds and heavy rains will help with maintaining the integrity of your miniature garden pieces and small landscape design.
Proper Drainage: The medium for growing your miniature garden needs to provide excellent drainage to prevent mildew and unwanted bacterium. The typical potting mix, comprised of vermiculite, perlite and peat moss that is used with window boxes and garden planters will be optimal for soil. Avoid using mixes that contain actual dirt or soil since they won’t drain the best. If you are planning to mainly grow echeveria, sedums and other types of succulents, then using a potting mix for succulents or cactus will be a great option. If you are using a basket for your miniature garden, make sure you poke plenty of holes in the liner in the bottom of the basket to ensure you have good drainage.
Wooden planters need to have a small hole every 5 or 6 inches across the bottom. Most ceramic pots and terra cotta bowls will have large holes in the bottom of them. Put one to two dry coffee filters across the large holes so that the soil will not fall through. Even stacking thin stones can work. Place a 1 to 2 inch deep layer of gravel or small stones in your container to improve drainage. Fill your container up to around one to two inches from the top of the pot, and level everything out after planting.
Miniature Garden Plants and Accessories
Laying out Your Garden: This is where the fun comes in 🙂 Before you plant your garden, place all of your plants, furniture and features in their places on the prepared soil. That will provide you with the opportunity to experiment with various arrangements without handling your plants too much which could stress them out or make a mess. Consider how you will layout your benches, arbors, paths, patios and larger plants. Get creative and try many different versions out.
Planting: After you have established the overall layout, it’s time to make room in the soil to plant. In order to arrange your organic miniature garden decor that can last for years to come, select mini plants that can grow slowly and that will stay small for a long time. When searching for the best plants, remember that the terms “dwarf” and “miniature plants” generally refer to their growth rates, rather than the plant’s ultimate size. Make sure you look on the tag on the plant or inquire before you purchase in order to gauge how slow or fast it can grow. The plants that you should add first are the ones that have the biggest root mass since they will cause the soil level the most disruption.
Dig a hole for the plant roots, don’t simply smash your plants into the soil. Once you plant each plant, the soil should be smoothed out before you plant the next one. Most species of small creeping plants can be divided and utilized as edging or a border. To divide creeping plants and sedums, hold the plant with both of your hands, and gently use your fingers to pull the plant apart. Each section of the plant should have both stems/leaves and roots attached. A majority of sedum and heartier plants grow new roots as long as the stem is kept moist and stuck into the soil. After you have finished all your planting, the soil should be smoothed one last time and water the whole surface.
Unique Miniature Garden Kits and Features You Can Make
Intricate Features and Design: There will be kits available in the store with pre-set features. Ifyou are taking a DIY route, it is best to lay Hardscapes (paths, patios or water features) on soil that is already damp (so that it can settle in) and then use your fingertip to gently press them down. If you wet the soil first, it will help prevent the hardscapes from sinking and looking messy.
Think about staking your garden ornaments and accessories to help anchor them and prevent them from falling over time. Some enthusiasts use a dremel tool or small bit, and drill a small hole in the piece’s base – just large enough for a stake. Wire can also work, or use a few drops of glue to secure your item into place.
To make a faux garden pond with marbles or blue stone, the first thing that you need to do is dig a shallow area out that is size that you want your pond to be. In order to settle the soil, water it down. Put a thin layer of small rocks or gravel to line the interior, then fill the area up with at least two layers of blue or white marbles. Thyme or a creeping sedum near or around the edge can soften the appearance. An ophiopogon (grass-like plants) will help to enhance your natural water garden appearance. Actual water features and ponds require more attention and care, and implementation of liners and drainage.