Make a Miniature Garden

The secret to making a beautiful and satisfying garden in minutes is simple: Think small.
Home for a gnome

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!

Continued on page 2:  A Walk in the Park