Choosing Plants for A Miniature Garden Near the Log Cabin

If you think you need a huge amount of yard space to grow a garden, then think again. A miniature garden or mini garden is the best solution for every person who wants to have a garden of their own. Whether you live in an apartment or a cosy log cabin and you want to have your own lush green, beautiful garden, you can easily get one by creating a miniature garden. A mini garden is a way to garden indoors and outdoors when space is limited. Also, you can consider planting a mini garden if you think you won’t be able to give the time required to maintain a larger garden due to your personal and professional commitments.

With a mini garden you can create complete worlds in just a small container or a pot of say a square or two or a spot carved in your bigger garden. Now, when it comes to choosing plants for a mini garden it is completely different from choosing plants for a big garden because you have to take things like size, growth rate and plant needs into consideration before you actually choose a plant for your log cabin miniature garden. Here are some of the factors that you should keep in mind when choosing plants for a miniature garden.

Plant shopping: Keep factors like the plants’ growth rate, the landscape, function of the plants, whether the garden will be indoor or outdoor and the normal full grown size of the plant in mind. By keeping all these things in mind, you can ensure that your miniature garden will be in good shape.

Combining plants in mini gardens: Some of the factors that you should consider when selecting plants to grow in a single container or the small piece of land you have chosen for a miniature garden include:

Growth Rate: Just because a plant is in a small container doesn’t mean that it will stay like that forever. Most annuals and many perennials grow too big or too fast to stay long in a mini garden. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t choose them for your mini garden. Just keep in mind that you will have to spend more time trimming the plants of your miniature garden. Also the faster growing plants should be replaced with another plant sooner.

Miniature vs. dwarf: Miniature plants stay small while dwarf plants grow slowly, but can still grow quite large. A miniature conifer could be any conifer that grows less than 1 inch in a year. On the other hand, a dwarf conifer grows 1-6 inches each year. Say, if we talk about the Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ then the maximum height that they can reach is about 6 inches, while a dwarf Alberta spruce will gradually grow to a 6 foot plant from a 12-inch plant. However, it might take years to grow that big, but it is sure that it will get bigger.

Garden type: Whether you are planting an indoor mini garden or outdoor mini garden, first be sure about the location because where you will keep the plants makes a big difference. When purchasing plants for an indoor mini garden, make sure that they can thrive well without the presence of sunlight. Or if you are planting a terrarium, choose plants that can tolerate high humidity, and remember to plant similar plants. This means plant water-loving plants and sun-loving plants with others that grow in similar conditions. The same applies to shade plants or low water succulents. Just because plants match each other aesthetically doesn’t mean they are perfect to be grown together.

Landscape function: Variety is the key when creating a miniature landscape. Choose plants that can be shrubs, trees or even undercover plants. While shopping for plants keep in mind how you will be using the plants.

Some of Best Plants for a Miniature Garden:

Moon Valley Friendship Plant: This is a fast grower and is perfect for shady areas. It reaches a height of about 12 inches with the width being somewhat the same. The delicate pink flowers make this plant just right for your mini landscape.

Variegated Spider Fern: This has glossy leaves and a broad yellow centre band of each leaf which makes this plant visually very interesting. It is perfect for low light areas, moist potting soil, and the high humidity of a terrarium.

Arabis sturii: A great, low mat of dense juicy green plant and small white flowers, it is easy to grow and tolerates part shade. Wonderful for the mini garden.

Elfin thyme: A thick, ground-cover mat-forming herb with greenish grey leaves and a nice aroma.

Rosemary: A wonderful herb; keep it trimmed to look like a small shrub or tree.

Blue Star Juniper: This is another really popular miniature evergreen shrub, perfect for a mini garden. It is not a flowering shrub but they acquire very attractive bluish-silver needles which enhance the look and beauty of your garden even more. Perfect for outdoor gardens where full sunlight is available, while low watering and maintenance is needed. They have a very compact shape.

Yellow daffodils: The right time to plant the bulbs is in autumn. They blossom late in the winter or early spring. The flowers look very attractive with six petals, and central corona, which is in the shape of a trumpet. The flowers blossom in bunches and as a result, they sometimes need to be stacked so that they don’t weigh the stems down.

Strawberry Begonia: Saxifraga stolonifera gets its nickname, strawberry begonia, due to its beautiful burgundy-red vertical stalks and flowers. While the plant matures rapidly, it reaches the height of about 8 inches. The heart shape leaves offers a two-tone pattern of green and deep red. So, when the flowers aren’t in bloom, the plant looks extremely lovely.

So, keep these tips in mind and choose these great plants for your miniature garden to create an eye-catching and flourishing mini garden.

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