I STILL do it!
I always fall for the cutest little plants, especially when they are in flower. I buy it, plant it and watch it grow – and grow and grow and grow! So not cool if you are a miniature gardener.
So. Not. Cool. If your the world renown expert on miniature gardening either. Thankfully you have me to make these mistakes for you!
After all, we ARE looking from them to stay small or grow really slowly.
I’m getting a lot of emails lately asking about what kind of plants to use for miniature gardening – or how to find out what works in your backyard and what doesn’t. So I put this mini-directory together of previous blogs that have touched upon the subject in various ways. If your question isn’t answered here, please do let me know.
How to Find the Plants
This is part four of our beginner series. You’ll find the links to the rest of the series within the post. These are the steps to take for indoor and outdoor plants:
Examples of What to Look For
The main points of what to look for with a few examples of plants that we like:
Secrets to Success
In this post, I talk about some of the plants that trick us into thinking they would work – until they grow up:
About the Plants Behind the Winning Gardens
From our annual Miniature Garden Contest – I break down the plants that each winner used in their miniature gardens:
The Meaning of “Dwarf” and “Miniature”
Dwarf and miniature are often used in the names of plants to help sell them – which can be misleading. Here are the definitions and what we mean by “dwarf” and “miniature:”
Signs of the Plant’s Demise So You Can Prevent It
A discussion on the signals that plants give you when they are not happy. Notice the signs, save the plant.
What Can be Grown in your Area?
The very best way to get to know what plants work in your area is your local garden center or nursery – NOT a big box store. You know, one of those cozy, plant-laden stores where you hear a soothing fountain off in the corner, the air is thick with humidity and you have to duck under trees and walk over the hose to get to the cashier – and this is inside the building – THAT kind garden center.
Take some time and walk around and get a feel for where they have the plants at the nursery. You should find the right plants in the right place too. Note the zone info and what kind of soil they recommend for the plant (and use NO potting soil with added fertilizers!) Then you can retreat home and look again at the space that you are thinking for your miniature garden if you haven’t decided that yet.
Find the tested, tried and true miniature garden trees, shrubs and plants here, up in our online store. We have the best shipping methods and we ship safely all year long!
Here’s a quick-list of what you are looking for:
- Miniature or slow-growing dwarf trees or shrubs
- Rockery Plants
- Alpine Plants
- Sedums & Succulents (small leafed, of course)
For a complete discussion of the trees, shrubs and plants for miniature gardening, look forward to the first comprehensive book on miniature gardening from Timber Press:
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