Although smaller gardens are a trend these days, we’re not talking about your outdoor space! Instead, we thought we’d talk about a few mini-garden ideas for Hobart folks who have already crammed every bed and border with blooms and shrubs and need an outlet for their green-fingered inclinations.
Portable mini-gardens are fun to create and make wonderful gifts for friends and family – so you can just keep producing beautiful planting designs even if you’re beleaguered by begonias or drowning in daisies when you step outdoors.
Step 1: Pick Your Container
This is fun in itself, and you can really get creative. From tiny gardens planted in seashells to mini-masterpieces in bottles, cans, or decorated plastic pots, your imagination is the only limit. Old boots, cracked teacups, or chipped coffee cups – anything that can be a container can become a mini-garden you can have fun with! Need some more ideas?
- Eggshells, plastic bottles, and wellies as planters inspired this blogger.
- Woman’s Day hunted down fairy garden and teacup garden ideas.
- Meanwhile, a crafty creative came up with a wineglass garden that’s perfect for using up mismatched glassware.
- Do you have a sad selection of broken pottery plant pots? Turn it into a feature!
- Finally, a search on decorating repurposed tins, plastic containers, and cheap plastic plant pots left us wondering which idea would suit our readers best. There are hundreds of ways to transform plastic into something special!
And in case you missed it, we recently posted a whole article on the self-sustaining vivarium or terrarium!
Step 2: Choose your Plants
Succulents are an absolute pleasure to work with. They’re tough, forgiving, and you don’t even need to root your cuttings before you get gardening. Because many repurposed containers won’t have drainage holes, you’ll either have to add them or else guard against overwatering. For smaller containers, a mist down with a spray bottle or occasional, very sparing watering will be enough for most succulents.
Easy to grow annuals like nasturtiums or marigolds are also good candidates. You can also save by using seeds you gathered yourself. Either sow them directly in the container where they are to grow or start them in trays, pricking them out into your chosen containers when they’ve put on a little growth. Ideally, this would be an outdoor option.
Water-loving plants like peace in the home or spikemoss won’t mind poor drainage, and their fine foliage is perfect for fairy gardens that kids will adore.
Of course, you can choose any plants that you like – just remember that their light exposure could limit where you will place them – and take their water needs into account when caring for them. It’s als worth bearing in mind that light intensity cahnges quite a lot between Hobart summers and winters, so let your plants tell you if something is lacking.
Step 3: Let your Creative Side out to Play
Unrooted succulents are the easiest to arrange as tiny gardens. But if you’re using plants that already have a root ball, don’t be scared to shake soil loose from the root balls so that you can arrange them as you please.
Don’t worry too much about overplanting. You’re looking for instant effect. Limited space will slow down growth somewhat, and if things get overcrowded, you can always give your mini garden a little revamp.
Add a few features other than plants. Fairy gardens with figurines are super-cute, or you can have fun creating a tiny landscape by adding sticks and stones to the equation. One thing is certain: you’ll be having fun!
Tiny Gardens in Hobart: Send us Your Pics!
Are you ready to try a tiny garden project? Hobart Property Management wants to see your finished product! Send us your pics and share your success. We can’t wait to see the results! After all, Hobart is a hotbed for creativity!
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