The Jacqueline Hillier Dwarf Elm is a great anchor tree for the miniature garden bed – you can easily plant under it as it gets older. That is a miniature Blue Planet Spruce in the back, left side. Sedum Angelina to the right and miniature daisies on the right. The pond is handmade – the best kind!

So, do you want to save time and money on your miniature garden OR your fairy garden hobby? 

Who doesn’t, right?

Do you want to have a successful miniature garden next summer too?

Well, ya. Duh!

Did you know you can have BOTH?

I do now…

Do you know why I keep asking myself these questions?


Do you realize I’m talking to myself?


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“Just the Facts, Ma’am”

  • Fact: Fall is the best time to plant your garden bed.
  • Fact: You can save time and money next summer by planting your garden right now.
  • Fact: The success rate for getting trees established in the garden bed is far greater in the autumn months than any other time of year.

This miniature garden was sold around 2003 and lives on the Oregon coast. Even this photo looks old – it was taken on a 35mm camera – there I go, dating myself again! The couple who sought us out and bought it for their sister in law still keeps in touch with us. Apparently it is still alive and thriving. A testament to our true miniature garden trees, plants and shrubs!

Fall is FULL of Planting Perks

Many people think spring is the best time to plant an in-ground miniature garden, but fall actually has many definite advantages if not more so. With the current summer-weather-trends getting hotter and drier, fall has now become the BEST time to plant a miniature garden – in containers or in-ground.

Fall planting is perfectly positioned in between the hot summer months and the cold winter season so anything you plant right now will be easier to get established in your garden bed or container.

AND it’s a great time to divide your perennial ground covers – aka miniature garden bedding plants – now, to let them get situated in the soil before next spring too.

A Peaceful Miniature Garden Scene
A peaceful miniature garden scene with an Hinoki Cypress, Fairy Vine growing up the trellis and Dwarf Mondo Grass on the right. This photo was taken around 2005. I still have that Hinoki Cypress, (2022) it’s about twice the size and lives in a “bigger” miniature garden now.

How it Works:

In the fall months, most of the extreme heat/weather is [usually] done for the summer. With the evening temperatures getting cooler, plants can recuperate better from the hot(ter) daytime temps. The rains are more frequent, (some areas have too much summer rain these days, I certainly acknowledge that,) which allows a thorough watering of the plant’s roots and surrounding soil. AND , the biggest takeaway: the roots will continue to grow in temperatures 40° or above. That means it’s getting it’s roots established, and its sourcing out it’s own food and water.

So even though the temperatures might feel cooler and colder to you, the plant does not mind at all and it’s still growing its roots quietly underground, establishing itself in your garden bed – wether in a container or planted in-ground. During this time, the root systems have a chance to grow and develop before going dormant in the winter.

Then when it wakes up in summer, it’s already home. And if you’re in a place where it doesn’t freeze, the roots will actually keep growing and establishing themselves to get ready for next spring.

It’s like magic – nature’s magic – AND it can help you next year!

When spring comes back next year, the new root system is more than ready for the flush of new growth. When the leaves start to bud and grow, the stronger, more-advanced roots are now able to find water on their own. (But they will STILL need water in any dry month.)

You’ll save time because there is less water-maintenance to do, you’ll save money by lowering your water bill AND save money again because you will lose less plants – they are already well-on-their way to becoming established in your garden bed.

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By setting yourself up this way for NEXT spring, you’ll be able to spend more time on creating and crafting the details of your miniature garden, thinning the perennial ground covers and adding annuals, developing more designs and, well, having more fun with your hobby.

Check out our recommended miniature garden plants for sun here, shade, and we have some options for indoors too. Remember “right plant for the right place” – shade plants go in shade, sun plants go in sun and no, not every plant can be grown indoors.

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