26 Tiny Plants Perfect for Miniature Landscaping
'Christmas Tree' Joseph's Coat
'Sparkler' Mondo Grass
Dwarf Lady Fern
Dwarf Sweet Flag
Brass buttons—picking up its name by the tiny, yellowish, buttonlike flowers it blooms in spring—looks like a meadow of tiny ferns.
Name: Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'
Light: Sun/Partial Shade
Super Star Creeper
Tiny white flowers seem to float above the leaves of this creeping groundcover, which loves moist soil. Remaining only 2-3 inches tall, one plant can grow to 12 inches wide.
Name: Pratia puberula 'Alba'
Light: Sun/Partial Shade
Tiny Boston Fern
This fern remains very small, growing only about 2 inches tall. When miniature gardening, do not allow it to dry completely, and fertilize sparingly. It performs well in terrariums.
Name: Nephrolepis 'Mini Russells'
Tree of a Thousand Stars
A diminutive woody shrub, Serissa responds well to pruning and shaping, making it a popular blooming choice for bonsai. It prefers evenly moist soil, but don't overwater.
Name: Serissa japonica 'Flore Pleno'
Dwarf Heron's Bill
Soft, heart-shape leaves form a little mound growing only 2-4 inches tall. It often blooms all summer long with double pink flowers. This tiny plant grows best in outdoor containers or beds.
Name: Erodium x variabile 'Flore Pleno'
This charming little creeper with bright green leaves and tiny blue flowers requires a well-drained site—overwatering will kill it. Blue moneywort looks great tumbling over the edge of a container.
Name: Lindernia grandiflora
E.T. Fingers (Shrek Plant)
A narrow band of red edges the fingerlike leaves of this succulent, earning it the nicknames of Shrek Plant or E.T. Fingers. It's suitable for miniature gardens because the leaves stay small. Good drainage is a must for this plant, as is good air circulation.
Name: Crassula x portulacea 'Baby Jade'
A very low-growing groundcover with small leaves, wintercreeper looks lovely draping the edge of a miniature garden or climbing a little trellis. Take care not to overwater it.
Name: Euonymus fortunei 'Kewensis'
Tiny Golden Yarrow
Sweet little pink balls of flowers form a cloud above a cushion of narrow leaves when this plant is in bloom. Very good drainage and full sun is a must for thrift.
Name: Armeria juniperifolia 'Bevan's Variety'
This unusual-looking dwarf fern is perfect for terrariums or Wardian cases because it loves humidity and bright, indirect light. Don't allow it to sit in soggy soil.
Name: Hemionitis arifolia
Variegated Weeping Fig
This variegated form of the popular houseplant can grow into a large tree over time, but it can be pruned and trained as a bonsai as well. Bright, indirect sun is best, but a little direct morning sun is fine.
Name: Ficus benjamina 'Variegata'
Glossy green leaves and a trailing habit make this plant a lovely addition to Wardian cases or terrariums. It loves humidity and bright light but does not tolerate hot sun.
Name: Peperomia glabella
Young fronds are coppery, turning green as they mature. Its preference for humid shade makes autumn fern a colorful candidate for terrariums or shady outdoor plantings.
Name: Dryopteris erythrosora