Hey, fellow miniature gardeners, here’s a short video to show you how to build a miniature garden that will last for years. This is the same way I’ve been building my gardens since I began in 2001. Some of our miniature gardens have lasted over 10 years in the same pot with minimal maintenance. The patios can easily be reused too. 

The heart of this project is choosing right plant for the right place, and planting true miniature or dwarf trees and shrubs. Pair this with slow-growing ground covers. We hope you enjoy it! If you do, please share it and give us a thumbs’ up – your vote is very appreciated!

The terms ‘miniature’ and ‘dwarf’ describe the growth rate, not the plant.
Miniature = 1″ per year or less
Dwarf = 1″ to 6″ per year

If your local garden center does not know what a “miniature tree” is, you might want to shop somewhere else because you know they are not paying attention. Miniature and dwarf plants are not new – they’ve been part of our collective gardening experience for decades – we’re just using them in a miniature garden instead of a trough.

Shop for your trees and shrubs by light (indoor, sun, shade, etc.), or by zone, click here.

For Experienced Miniature Gardeners: Need something different to grow this year? We know what we grow and how the tiny trees grow up. Let us know if you want some suggestions. Email us: Steve @ TwoGreenThumbs.com (with no spaces)

For New Miniature Gardeners: Need help choosing the right plants? Please include:
– Your zip code
– Where are you planting?
– In-ground?  What light does the spot get? Full sun? Shade?
– In a container? Where is the container going to live? Indoors? Shade? Full sun?
– Email us: Steve @ TwoGreenThumbs.com (with no spaces)

Let us know! We’re glad to help!

Are you’re serious about miniature gardening? Join us here for our new, weekly Mini Garden Gazette, click here.


Our Mini Patio Mix is sometimes imitated, never duplicated. See more details here.
Miniature Gardening with TwoGreenThumbs.com

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