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Mini Gardens & Terrariums 2016

Mini Gardens & Terrariums 2016

Mini Gardens & Terrariums 2016 - Special

The fascinating world of gardens in miniature has never been more popular! Enabling large ideas and full-scale creativity in small spaces, they can be alluring, enchanting, and mesmerizing. From alpine troughs and fairy gardens to edible microgreens and terrariums, we celebrate less-than-large gardens and plants. Fairy gardens – a new take on an old favorite, the terrarium – are tiny worlds complete with miniature furnishings, fairy-scale plants, and plenty of mystique. Just a touch of inspiration, a cute container, some plants, and a few accessories are all it takes to get the magic of a miniature garden growing.

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United States
Meredith Corporation

in this issue

1 min
succulent mini garden

SUCCULENT GARDENER Jeanne Meadow of Fallbrook, California, delights in composing miniature gardens. This one, accessorized with itty-bitty wroughtiron furnishings, is inspired by her own garden. Jeanne advises keeping scale and proportion in mind and taking care not to overdo it with the accessories. “Less is more,” she says. Spray the composition lightly once a week during warm months and twice a month in winter. Place in bright shade and give good air circulation. Protect from strong sunlight and heavy rain. MATERIALS: 12-inch terracotta pot saucer, with or without drainage holes Cactus mix potting soil Miniature garden furnishings, such as an arbor, a chair, wheelbarrow, urn, and cat Finely crushed rock or tiny pebbles Succulents with small leaves, such as watch-chain crassula, delicate sedums, small stacked crassulas and Sedum rubrotinctum. To suggest trees, try Crassula tetragona. STEP 1 Fill the terra-cotta pot…

4 min
tiny worlds under glass

From the prime people-watching possibilities to the soothing vistas, it proved the perfect escape from the city. You wish it could have lasted forever—and that’s where Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano come in, because they can downsize your driftwood memories and distill them into a verdant tabletop jar. At Twig, their shop in Brooklyn, outdoor memories are condensed and tucked within terrariums. If you want zany, they can do that. And if you have a dark side, they can stopper that in glass also. Not only is the look fresh, but the scenes also offer an invitation to exhale. Twig’s signature style is to carpet the container with moss, because it opens up a clear playing field for the scene and its characters. Moss also is soft, seductive, and luscious—in an…

3 min
a proper little herb garden

HERB GARDENS in the English tradition are planted in patterns, trimmed and tidy. Bordered by paths, they invite those strolling through the garden to touch and sniff, enjoying a bit of aromatherapy as they pinch a few leaves. Traditional herb gardens are often planted in rows of single species that criss-cross with each other to create fragrant knots. In this way, a garden full of plants known primarily for green textures—rather than bright flowers—can offer more interesting visual appeal. Regular harvesting of leafy tips keeps patterned plantings tidy. Most of us lack the wideopen spaces that a traditional herb knot garden requires, but this project allows you to enjoy some of that same sensibility in miniature. Keep it on a tabletop outdoors where you can enjoy its beauty and fragrance up close.…

5 min
as green as it gets

Raised high in a pedestal dish or lowered into the depths of an old oak log, a moss dish garden lets you admire a lilliputian landscape at close range. David Spain, co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens in Raleigh, creates these verdant little landscapes in various vessels. “Planting mosses in a container allows you to bring them closer to eye level and enjoy the miniature world they inhabit,” he says. The look and style of a dish inspires his designs, and he encourages others to do the same, expressing what moves them. Mosses are nonvascular plants, grouped according to growth pattern to include acrocarps and pleurocarps. Acrocarps are unbranched and erect, forming a mounded colony. Some acrocarps Spain likes to use are Dicranium scoparium, Leucobryum glaucum, and Polytrichum commune. Pleurocarps are…

1 min
everlasting fairies

English artist Cicely Mary Barker created dozens of garden fairy images, making everything about them as true and charming as she could imagine. Neighborhood children and real plants were the models for her books of illustration and verse published over five decades, beginning in the 1920s. The enduring popularity of Barker’s fairy illustrations, and the fantasies they inspire, speak to everyone’s occasional need to imagine a sweeter and less difficult world. And isn’t that what fairies are for?…

3 min
downsizing the forest

TOP TIPS FOR DWARF CONIFERS IN CONTAINERS 1 Plant conifers in containers with drainage holes and use a high-quality, welldraining soil. 2 Select container plants rated for one USDA Zone colder than your area. For example, if you garden in Zone 5, select conifers that are hardy to Zone 4. 3 During the growing season, place conifer containers in the type of sunlight indicated on each plant’s information tag. For most conifers, that means full sun. 4 In the heat of the summer or in drying winds, water the containers daily. In cool months, water the conifers regularly but less frequently (every 1–2 weeks). It’s important that conifers are fully hydrated—but not soggy—when freezing weather arrives. Water plants as needed during extended winter warm spells. 5 Use a liquid fertilizer regularly when watering throughout the…