If you don’t want to replant your miniature garden plants every now and then you should choose the right plants. A little bit of research will help you include slow-growing and reliable plants. Here is a guide to some of the tried and tested plants for your miniature garden.
Choosing the right plant and right place
To create a beautiful miniature garden you must be a little bit creative because it is not only about gardening but also about crafting. What makes it a joyful experience is because you can be as creative as possible while putting together your garden. And the most important part is choosing the right plants for your garden and growing them together to resemble a miniature garden. So you must first decide where you want to create the garden and then choose the right plants that will grow in that space.
Here’s a quick list of plants well suited for creating a miniature garden. They have some advantages as well as disadvantages. So weigh these options before choosing the right one for your space.
Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)/ Carpet Bugle: There plants will grow fast. A disadvantage is that when planted in-ground they are very invasive in some regions. If you are planning to plant in containers Ajuga is a better option as you can trim and control its growth.
Bonsais: Bonsais are a good option if you are looking at potted plants. Some of the bonsai plants will look disproportionate. For instance, the leaves will be too big for the tree. So choose wisely.
Heronbill/Cranesbill/ Storksbill: Some plants will look boring when they are not is bloom. These plants are best suited for in-ground miniature gardens rather than pots. They look really pretty when they bloom.
Carnation: Most of the year they won’t have any flower, but when it blooms it is beautiful.
French Thyme: If you are looking at potted plants for your miniature garden Thyme will be apt.
Coleus Plants: One of the easiest plants to grow is probably Coleus. They can be grown in containers and can also be added to beds and borders. However, they grow rapidly so plant them together as bedding plants or tuck them into planters as it will be easy to trim them.
English Ivy Plants: Don’t expect fast results from this plant. It will take at least three years for the plant to take off.
Rubber tree plant: This plant needs the right balance of light and water. Start with a young plant. It will adapt to a new environment much easily than a mature plant.
The Schefflera houseplant: It is a popular plant and can be seen in many a miniature garden. It doesn’t need much care, but it needs bright yet indirect sunlight. If it doesn’t get enough sunlight it will grow leggy and floppy. Too much sunlight will burn its leaves as well. So you need to get the balance right.