Tabletop gardens typically combine a shallow container with petite plants or dwarf varieties and, if you like, other pipsqueak features -- a miniature gazebo, pebbled path, and decorative doodads -- to make an enchanting scene that rewards curiosity.
The plants we've chosen, although not all true miniature or dwarf varieties, are diminutive growers that will suit a small garden for at least one growing season. If plants grow too big for the space, simply trim them back. In warm climates, enjoy your container garden outdoors year-round.
Where winters are cold, store the garden in a protected place, such as an insulated garage, when freezing temperatures loom.
See all four of our mini-projects for attainable dwarf landscapes!