~ You don’t have to give up playing in your garden because it’s winter, you just have to adjust the size of your garden! I’m not talkin’ ’bout just plants either. This is a REAL garden!! And YES! You can grow one INSIDE!
Have you tried gardening in miniature yet?
See if any of this fits wherever you are:
- For new gardeners/plant-lovers, miniature gardening is a chance to learn how to grow a garden.
- For experienced gardeners/ plant-lovers, it’s an opportunity to add another type of gardening to your list.
- For experienced miniaturists, it’s a means to explore more ways to enjoy miniatures.
- For new miniature-lovers, it’s an excuse to work in many different mediums. (See the Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Book for more.)
- For crafters, it’s another way to give someone a handmade, personal gift. (See above. :o)
- For bonsai-lovers, miniature gardens can be used to grow-in young starter plants faster, before “bonsai-ing” them. Here’s more.
The new hobby of gardening in miniature is so versatile; you can do it just about anywhere, anytime with just about anything you might already have on hand.
Miniature gardens, dish gardens, terrariums or just a simple scene incorporated with your “full-sized” houseplants can add fun and creativity to your every day living. Here are a few ideas to kick-start your imagination to keep you gardening and crafty through frosty winter months.
Indoor Miniature Gardens
Thankfully, there are indoor miniature garden trees that look like outdoor trees that can really cinch the look of a true garden in miniature. It’s the perfect fix for the gardener who is “stuck” with a white winter!
Create an Italian style theme using the narrow shaped Ellwood’s Cypress to stand in for an Italian Cypress. Or build a country backyard garden using the adaptable Variegated Boxwood, trim the bottom leaves to expose some trunk. Part of the fun is finding the right plants and accessories that help to illustrate your theme. Avoid cluttering and complicating the scene with too many ideas and keep all the accessories in the same scale, or you will lose the enchantment factor.
Dish gardens are very similar to open terrariums, neither of the containers used have drainage holes and the water will corral in the saucer, dish or bowl. So what this really means is the plants you choose must be are either moisture-loving or love drying out completely in between watering sessions.
And, as usual, hat old, trusted garden maxim comes into to play, “Right plant, right place.” Group the plants that like the same water and light conditions together in the same dish. See more in our eBook, Simple Ways to Grow Awesome Little Dish Gardens by Janit Calvo.
Create a Scene
You can fit the miniature garden idea into your “regular” houseplants too. With a little bit of imagination and the right combination of accessories, you can create a scene at the base of any houseplant, using the stem as a large tree trunk. A lot of fun can be had with different themes and utilizing the wide variety of miniature patio materials available.
My favorite resource for indoor plants is The House Plant Expert, by Dr. D.G. Hessayon, published by Expert Books.
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