Miniature Gardening Travels Around the World
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It was just a year ago when I wrote the blog, Miniature Gardening Crosses Borders. It was a post dedicated to my fellow
Canadians to the north, and how they could access the plants and trees needed for this wonderful miniature garden hobby. But, as the hobby continues to spread world-wide, more information is needed for everyone else that is not on this continent. And, from our statistics across our websites – that’s about 175 countries. Unbelievable if you consider that there are only 196 countries in the world!
When looking for plants for your miniature garden, remember that not everyone knows about this new miniature gardening hobby. So, if you walk into a plant store and ask for “miniature garden plants” or “fairy garden plants” you will get a strange look and a big fat “No.” I know I did. Here are types of plants that can work for miniature gardening that your local garden/plant store might be more familiar with:
Slow-growing plants with small leaves – The slower they grow, the longer your miniature garden can stay “small.” We don’t want the plants to grow up in one season, we want it to stay together and grow so we can enjoy it. You will have to re-pot it eventually though. The smaller leaves will help scale down the size of your miniature garden for the viewer.
Ground cover plants – These are the plants that grow close to the ground and never grow directly up, but spread out and cover the ground. They come in many different leaf shapes and colors. The faster growing ground covers can be trimmed back. Again, look for the plants with small leaves.
Alpine perennial plants - Plants that live high in the mountains are usually smaller and stunted in growth because the environment is colder and unfriendly. The plant wants to stay alive to reproduce, so it will grow slowly each year to protect itself. Most plants will continue to grow slowly when you take them out of that harsh environment, and some may not.
Rock plants or rockery plants – Plants that grow among rocks are similar to alpine plants because they are trying to grow in a harsh place. Rock plants can grow in little soil, and are sometimes stunted in growth because of that. Again, look for the rock plants with small leaves and small flowers.
Bonsai starts – Some bonsai trees start from a young plant. The bonsai starts usually have small leaves and are slow growing too. Young bonsai plants shouldn’t cost too much if you find it before it is trained.
I hope that helps get you started on your miniature gardening and gives you more ideas to look for. Do let me know of any other questions you may have. I’m always glad to hear from a fellow Miniature Gardener wherever you live.
This blog was inspired by Elena of Nikosia, Cyprus, who sent the photos shown throughout this blog. I thought if Elena can find plants and trees to use on her wonderful island off the coast of Turkey, then we all can.
See more miniature gardens from around the world on our popular Facebook fanpage. Click into the photo album, the second album down, and you’ll find gardens from the USA, Indonesia, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, the UK and there is a miniature garden cake from Roberto of Italy.
And, in the galleries on our main website, you’ll find more from the UK and one from Africa, along with a bunch from from the United States.
And we can officially consider Miniature Gardening an international hobby! Who knew that something so small could be such a big idea?
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