KUSA - If you're short of gardening space, create an entire landscape on your windowsill. Miniature gardens are wildly popular, affording the enthusiast with a tiny landscape free from frost, snow, hail, wind and grasshoppers. The only limits are your imagination. Kids love miniature gardens. They can create a formal garden ideal for a doll tea party or a wild jungle suitable for dinosaurs. Fairies, gnomes and ninjas can also inhabit these tiny landscapes.
Wood boxes and crates, large planter bowls or other large, flat containers can be used to create a miniature garden. Any container must have drainage holes. Use fresh potting soil and use small, slow-growing houseplants that fit the scale of your small garden. A bright, sunny window is best, but it's also possible to use plants with lower light requirements for east or north-facing windows.
Unlike real gardens, these miniature ones require little maintenance. A pair of manicure scissors is all you need to help the plants retain their diminutive states. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Accessories and furnishings enhance a miniature gardens. Arbors, trellises, patios, bridges and fences add structure. Small furniture, tools and pots further the illusion of a garden in miniature. Some gardeners add houses, castles, potting sheds, water features and lighting.
The best aspect of miniature gardens is their ability to inspire. Who knows which budding young gardeners will be tomorrow's garden designers, landscape architects and civic planners?
Plants and products are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens. They frequently offer classes on creating miniature gardens.
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