Teeny-Tiny Evergreen Garden

Create a tiny evergreen landscape by planting miniature conifer varieties in a container. Add more charm by adorning your container with sheet moss and decorative rocks.

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What You Need

  • Miniature conifers in varying forms: shown here are Picea glauca 'Jean's Dilly' and Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Tsukumo'
  • Small perennial (we used a chartreuse Heuchera)
  • Bowl of water
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Shallow container with drainage holes
  • Fine screen
  • Bonsai soil (good drainage mix)
  • Chopstick
  • Decorative rock
  • Gravel
  • Sheet moss

Step 1: Fertilize

Add a few drops of liquid fertilizer to the bowl of water, and soak the conifers' roots for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Prevent Clogging

Cover the container's holes with a fine screen to retain the soil and prevent clogging.

Step 3: Add Soil Mix

Fill the bottom of the container with a layer of the bonsai soil mix.

Step 4: Add Plants

Spread the roots of the conifer, and place the plant on the soil. Gently press soil over the roots. Continue adding plants, and cover the roots with more soil. Use a chopstick to gently tap around the plants' roots to fill pockets with soil.

Step 6: Add Accents

Add a decorative rock. Cover the soil with gravel and sheet moss to keep water from evaporating.

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