Miniature gardens are inexpensive, can be created in a few hours, are accessible for all ages, and appeal to seniors who have had to give up their gardens.

Growing little plants in trough and alpine gardens is a long-standing tradition. Miniature gardens are about creating an entirely new world, like the one discovered by Gulliver when he washed up on the shores of Lilliput.

When integrating mini-scenes into a larger garden, you may prevent a patchwork look by dividing the spaces into garden rooms using “hedges” of ornamental grasses or walls built of tiny bricks.

You can easily add pathways, patios, itty-bitty furniture and layered plantings from ground covers to the tiniest of trees.

The trick is to use plants that not only start out small but grow very, very slowly. Small-leafed sedums, dwarf mondo grass, thyme, Irish or Scottish moss or baby tears might form the ground-cover layer of the garden.

If a container is at least 8 inches deep, dwarf conifers like the Hinoki cypress ‘Dainty Doll’ or the squat little Norway spruce ‘Tompa’ do well.

Baby English boxwoods like ‘Graham Blandy’ and miniature junipers form the middle layer, and you have a garden that will last three to five years with regular watering and a little snipping and grooming.

Miniature gardens are fun to play around with.

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