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Miniature Garden

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

My daughter and I are planning a container garden this year that will be a miniature garden. We have a container that is less deep than wide, giving us plenty of flat space to work with. My husband is building a miniature pergola with tiny seats and we will make a fence from wood and rusted wire, as well as a footpath of tiny crushed stone. We have a little basket and trowel, etc. to add along with little flower pots, birdhouses, etc.

Now the question: We've planned on moss as well as a tiny "tree" that we will keep trimmed. I wanted something creeping, similar to thyme, but in a tiny shorter scale. My daughter wants it be be a blooming creeper. Any ideas?

BassetMom

Ijamsville, MD(Zone 6b)

You could use "baby tears"
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/54039/

A lot of the creeping thymes will flower, most pink or white. There is White Flower thyme and an Elfin thyme if you really want low cover.

There is also corsican mint
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/298/

The whole set up sounds so cute! I am sure your daughter will love it.
-Kim

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

I definitely want a thyme, which we will keep trimmed, for the fragrance. Ellie (BassetDaughter) wanted some of the ground-covering weeds we have all over so I figured what the heck and added some. Planted the little tree today and hubby is started to figure out the arbor. I will post some pics as we go...

Hughesville, MO(Zone 5a)

It sounds darling. You must be blessed with creativity.

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Hmmm... or a great deal too much time (or thyme) on my hands...

I think baby's tears is what we used. I hate it on the ground but it should cover nicely in the tiny garden...

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Coshocton, OH(Zone 6a)

i used chubby fingers or tiny tears sedum in mine.

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Coshocton, OH(Zone 6a)

here's a better view.

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Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Wow! Yours is great! Now, I'm thinking we are starting too small. I have a bee hive that I never thought of putting in.

Did you make the fencing? Is that a little bench in the back (hard to see)? Absolutely adorable... now I have to rethink my container!

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Coshocton, OH(Zone 6a)

bassetmom, i started small and last year i made it bigger. this year i am going bigger. yes, there's a bench, wagon, scooter, archway, and lot more. i bought the fence. the greenhouse where i get my plants has a big selection for mini gardens. another great place to find things is a flea market. another great place to look for mini things is jo ann fabrics and micheals.

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Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Oh, minis I've got. Before losing my fine motor skills to MS, my lifelong hobby (born from my father and continued with my husband) has been making and selling dollhouses and all the little things that go in them. They were the furniture men and I'm the accessory gal. Have TONS of stuff as I did an entire line of garden stuff... plants, accessories, planters, birdfeeders, furniture... so that's no problem. Have a small plastic container to set in for the pond and my daugher wants me to add clay fish that will "float." Even made a book "Tink ~ A Bio" to rest on one of the benches.

We are now deciding between an old wheelbarrow or an old red radio flyer wagon. The final container will stand in the middle of a minature rose garden (very appropriate, I thought) which as a fence to keep out the dogs. I can see this growing to something my husband will have to build, like the raised beds he's already planning on making me... I'm spending as much time on this as I am on the full-size gardens!

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

daylily970. really great miniature garden, Is it out in the open ,looks like maybe on your deck. I did something like that several years ago, now you and Bassetmom have inspired me. However I don't have much in the way of small furniture, etc type of things and the nearest possiblility is 130 miles distant, so may take me awhile to get much going. DonnaS

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Let me know what things you need. I might have them on hand as I have lots and lots and lots of minis...

Coshocton, OH(Zone 6a)

bassetmom, i would go with the wagon.

donna, it's on the deck but i have several in the yard. my mom has one in the corner of her garden on the ground, it's neat.

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Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

daylily 970, what a perfectly lovely miniature garden. I presume the top is removable. That would be a lot of fun to creat in the round. thanks for posting. DonnaS

Coshocton, OH(Zone 6a)

no, it's not. my mom has a small hand. you can see where she spread the wire apart and put the things in it. belinda

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Wanted to show you the beautiful pergola my husband built for our miniature garden. The ruler in the pic is about 9" long.

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Cincinnati (Anderson, OH(Zone 6a)


bassett and daylily--love the idea of your miniature gardens...so very fanciful and fairylike--I love the pics. Thank you!

Coshocton, OH(Zone 6a)

bassetmom, tell you dh that he did a wonderful job and it's beautiful. can't wait till the whole project done. belinda

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

BassetMom, what a great pergola your dh made for you. Will be really nice in your miniature garden. DonnaS

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

It is nice, isn't it? Given the nighttime temps here, I've hesitated to put it together. Haven't even put in the mini roses that will surround the wheelbarrow yet. My daughter is so anxious to get it together and post pics here!

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

What flowers are you putting in there?????

I sent you a reply to your email the other day.

~* Robin

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

So far we've only decided on baby's tears, moss and some thyme, along with the little tree. We haven't put it together because I need a fence around the area and my wonderful husband has been busy with other projects. She wants something "viney" for the pergola and some tiny flowers but we are all rather picky about it being in scale (from our dollhouse days). Still looking for the perfect fine and some very, very tiny flowering plants besides the bt and thyme.

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

We decided on the wheelbarrow because it has a lot more space to work with than the wagon. And, its easier for me because its higher...

Anyway, we began planting today. Added a gravel path by soaking newspaper strips to form the "bed" and added a mix of black and gray gravel. This pic shows the pergola in place (benches are moveable so the BassetDaughter can play a bit).

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Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Looking good, and a neat idea to build in the wheelbarrow. That way you will be able to put it wherever you wish. Path looks very nice. DonnaS

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

Ok BassetMom, will send you some of these also:

Ladybells, Lady Bells 'Amethyst' (Campanulaceae Adenophora)
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/89603/index.html

~* Robin

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

(rubbing hands together gleefully)... Thanks!

Coshocton, OH(Zone 6a)

bassetmom, love the beginning of your new mini garden.

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Thanks, daylily! Just added more today before the heat chased me indoors. Will take new pics soon!

McGregor, IA(Zone 4b)

Hi, I just posted a thread in Garden Art about wanting to make a miniature garden, and someone suggested that I 'search" because he remembered a discussion about it somewhere a few months ago. I'm wondering if this is the only thread, or if there are more? The search brought up over 11,000 threads relating to that subject! How is your mini garden coming, Basset Mom?

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

It's patiently waiting my return... I have some elfin thyme coming in a trade, just for this. And, I'll be adding some other thymes and some moss as well. I have seeds started for a tiny-flowered vine for the pergola as well... Now I just need some of that other "time" and some breaks from the heat...

Barb

Winnipeg, MB(Zone 4a)

Yes, new pictures!
:) Donna

McGregor, IA(Zone 4b)

I got some small evergreens this year from Musser Forest, and planted them in the nursery part of my garden, to wait until they grew up, but everytime I go by them, it says miniature garden to me!!! If you are interested I will go out and look at the tags and tell you what they are. I want to actually plant it in the ground, so I can leave it outside all year long. And put miniature tree lights on for christmas!!!

There was a pic of an interesting miniature landscape posted by Lil-Pipsqueak - are you acquainted with her? It looks like a great way to indulge my passion for garden design without spending all the bucks for lifesized gardens...I will try to find the thread if anyone is interested.

Winnipeg, MB(Zone 4a)

Yes, please. I would luv to see.
:) Donna

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Link away!

Meanwhile, the BassetHusband saw the thread about gnome doors on DG and is currently designing fairy doors for all the trees in the yard. My daughter has a picture that was given to my mother when she was five years old (70+ years ago...) of a little girl discovering a fairy door in the base of an old tree. He is going to surprise the BassetDaughter with them one morning...

Barb

Winnipeg, MB(Zone 4a)

Aaah.....what a nice BassetDaddy!
:) Donna

McGregor, IA(Zone 4b)

I don't know how to do links, but this is how I found it: Search: Miniature landscaping / Forum: Photos / Lil_Pipsqueak I think it's worth a look...

Denver, CO(Zone 6a)

Are you still looking for a thyme? There is elfin thyme very tiny and slow growing.
http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/THELS.html?id=RBsVkKjQ

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

That's one of the ones we are going to put in, Mobi. Thanks!

McGregor, IA(Zone 4b)

Bassetmom, What kind of seeds for a tiny climber did you find? I always wanted to do dollhouses and minis - I think this mini garden idea is fascinating...I'm going to keep my eyes open for perfect little rocks for paths and a garden wall to start with. I wonder if the alpine plants forum would have good ideas for tiny flowering plants....

Torrance, CA(Zone 10a)

Lady's Bells 'Amethyst' is the plant I have for the pergola. Naturewalker sent me the seeds and there is a link above for PlantFiles that she posted.

Barb

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