It was a lot of fun showing everyone what I came up with when we joined Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center with Pottery Barn. That’s me, with my back to the camera on the right.
When Pottery Barn Meets Miniature Gardening, Black Thumb Ideas, Part 1
I had been on high-alert, looking for different ways to grow indoors when Pottery Barn called. They wanted me to do a miniature garden demonstration at one of their stores here in Seattle. My first thought was “indoor plants” and my second thought was, “Oh, cache pots.”
A cache pot is simply a pot without a drainage hole in it. Its main purpose is to hide the nursery/plant pot so you can put it anywhere you like, on your TV – whoops, I’m dating myself, remember when you could do that? – Okay, you can put it on your mantle, your dining room table or even in your bathroom. When the plant needs water, you take the plant out of the cache pot, water it and put it back. Easy-peasy! It’s the perfect spot for seasonal color too, just keep in mind that the seasonal plant won’t live too long but you can have fun swapping it out for something different next season.
So, being the miniature garden nut that I am, I had to bring a little Two Green Thumbs flavor into the mix and here’s what we came up with.
(CAVEAT: Watch any pot, saucer or cache pot on your wood surfaces. If the cache pots are not glazed china, they may wick moisture onto your good wood surface – and I’ve seen some antique glazed china wick moisture too. Find plant coasters at your local independent garden center, they will have a few options for you and you can pick up a couple of 4″ houseplant at the same time.)
This was part of our display for the demo at Pottery Barn. We re-invented the cache pot and combined it with a little miniature garden idea.
A cache pot in a bowl filled with tumbled pebbles give the illusion of a miniature garden with the cache pot being a “large” container. The brown weathered markings of the cache pot was picked up in the color of the bowl – it was rimmed in the same brown. That seaweed-type plant material on the “patio” is artificial.
You can still have fun with the tiny miniature garden details. That’s a real baby Hen & Chick in the tiny pot. The gnome is staked to stay in plants. (Find him at TwoGreenThumbs.com)
So, I brought the idea home and tried some different combos. Some of the smaller gardens made me say, “Oh, how twee!” I’ll show you more details of the wee ones in part two of this blog post.
Using the cache pot in the dish idea, I came up with my own version. Even though my cache pot was a bit tall, it still worked in this shallow dish.
And tried it with a couple of different houseplants… That’s a pilea that’s a bit leggy.
And here, with a perfect Primose for spring. Still very fun and really, really simple – this is the perfect idea is for any black thumb, or think retirement centers where the ability to dote on plants may be limited.
I tried it in a basket. It didn’t work as well as the dish but I think it could with the right combination of cache pot and basket. I lined the basket with a plastic bag before putting in the cache pot and then pouring the pebbles around it.
See the variety of miniature pebbles and tumbled stone here.
The same basket as above but with a Variegated Boxwood tree. The black, poly pot was a little too big for the cache pot and didn’t look right despite me trying to hide it with moss. This scene could have used another birdbath or more miniature garden art to help tell the story.
Find the Variegated Boxwood Tree here. Need miniature driftwood? Find it here.
Just like all things miniature garden, the fun is in the details and you can customize your miniature garden do suit just about any occasion.
Find our miniature water features and birdbaths here. And see what miniature pots we have in stock here. And that’s a real engraved rock too – see more here.
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Carry on to Part II, our new Twee Gardens. Miniature Garden Ideas for Black Thumbs.