How to Create Eye-Catching Miniature Gardens

Last Updated on July 22, 2022

Creating miniature gardens is a fun and easy project for all ages. Learn how to turn your miniature garden into a real showstopper!

miniature garden table

Miniature gardening is a trend that’s on fire today! Traditional dish gardens, terrariums, and European blooming gardens have all been around for years.

But if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, miniature gardens are the way to go today.

And it’s easy to see why.

Today’s mini gardens take the traditional dish garden and ratchet it to a new creative level, made possible by the many miniature plant choices and available accent pieces.

Because creating fairy gardens is not difficult, it’s become a hobby that can be enjoyed indoors and outdoors by people of all ages, especially children.

miniature garden clay pot

Even if you are a complete gardening novice, you won’t have to look far online to find all the inspiration and help you need.

From creating magical fairy gardens to finding imaginative containers, a quick online search will provide many ideas and practical knowledge you can use to get started.

One place filled with ideas is Pinterest, but there are many more places you can also check out.

Once you begin to create your first one and see how easy it is to do, I’m sure it won’t be your last.

If you scroll down further, there is a short video tutorial that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Miniature Gardens or Fairy Gardens – Which Is It?

Often these two terms are used interchangeably. There are differences, however.

With miniature gardens, the focus is on creating and growing a garden, with strict attention paid to the proper proportion and size of the plants when combined with the accessories used.

Any accessory, like a small bench, bridge, or even rocks, can be the starting point to set the initial scale. It’s similar to model trains, where the layout is built around the gauge (size) of the train.

The small-scale garden bed is then planted and maintained, combining miniature garden plants to serve as trees, shrubs, and ground cover. Any indoor plant that fits the size and scale of the accessories can be used.

Fairy gardens focus more on accessories, often with little attention paid to the plants used.

It’s something to keep in mind when choosing plants and accessories. Miniature gardens need to maintain proper scale and proportion to look good. Fairy gardens do not.

What Are The Best Miniature Garden Plants To Use?

Assuming your miniature or fairy gardens are indoor projects, you have lots of mini plant options you can choose from.

For trees, try taller plants like Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), Neanthe Bella Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans), Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla), Cypress / Cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana). Each houseplant is slow-growing, making them a perfect fit in container gardens.

For groundcover, shorter plants like Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonica ‘Nana’), Baby Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii), Corsican Mint (Mentha requienii), and Ivy (Parthenocissus) work well. Several types of moss also can also be used as shrubs and groundcovers. My favorites include sheet, Spanish, reindeer, and sphagnum moss.

Adding a splash of color can quickly be done with flowering plants like Kalanchoe, African violets, and begonias.

Succulent plants and air plants can also be successfully used in miniature gardens.

Most local garden centers carry various plants that do well indoors. Not all, however, are suitable for miniature gardens due to their leaf size and rapid growth habits.

Use the plant varieties listed here as a guideline for choosing the right plants for your project.

Where to Find Unique Fairy Garden Accessories

miniature garden accessories
Click the Image For More Info

I mentioned that your imagination only limits the fairy garden accessory items you can add. Your unique vision is what will make your fairy garden special.

Choosing the right accessories, from fairies, gnomes, and mushrooms to a trellis and furniture, will bring your piece to life.

My Favorite Accessory

Nothing will breathe life into your miniature creation more than including a cute animal or two.

The most popular animals include cats, dogs, birds, and frogs.

But my personal favorite is the hedgehog.

These cute little guys add a playful touch to miniature gardens or terrariums and attract attention because they add such a whimsical touch.

I love all animals, but a cute little hedgehog always makes me smile!

Hedgehogs Statue

Fairy Garden Hedgehog Statue

Caring For Your Miniature Fairy Garden

General care and maintenance of fairy garden plants are much the same as any type of indoor houseplant.

They will do well in a brightly lit area but not in direct sunlight. Water lightly, as most plants need to be moist but not saturated.

Good drainage is essential. Never allow your plants to sit in water.

Some pruning is necessary to keep the plants sized adequately for your fairy garden. Prune any plants used as bushes and groundcover often enough so the plants stay bushy and full.

Occasionally fertilize using an organic houseplant fertilizer diluted to one-quarter strength.

Miniature Garden Ideas And Inspiration For Your Home Or Patio

In this short video, you’ll get many ideas you can use to get started on one of your own!

I hope you enjoyed the video and thanks for sticking with me this long. Now go and get your hands dirty!

Want To Stay Updated?

You can enter your email address to subscribe for updates. I only ever send notifications of awesome new videos here on FlowersFloralFlorist.

If you’d like to be kept in the know, please sign up here…

We will only use your information to send you our blog updates. You can change your mind anytime by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email you receive from us. You can find details about our privacy practices here.

Whether subscribing for updates interests you or not, I’d still be very grateful if you’d follow us on social media. Lastly, please do me a favor and share this post via one of the social share buttons below. I’d appreciate it.

Til next time!

Greg Johnson
Scroll to Top