Monday, April 23, 2012

My Big Crush on Miniature Gardens (and Winner Announced!)

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed I've been on a little miniature gardening kick lately, oohing and aahing over the tiny and obsessing over the itty bitty.  (Click here to see my Miniature Garden board.)  I am loving the little accessories I've seen to go in the gardens and I'm totally impressed with what some people come up with.

This weekend, I finally pulled together all the little supplies I've been gathering for my first big (or little) attempt at a miniature garden.  

I started with a thrifted metal container I found the other day, and added some gravel to the bottom for drainage.  You can also use packing peanuts or pieces of styrofoam in the bottom of a container if there are no drainage holes.

Then I just added the potting soil & plants.

I found some succulents I loved at Home Depot for only $3 per pot.  These are a couple varieties of Hen and Chicks & they look like gorgeous little flowers.  I also added some Scotch/Irish Moss ground cover for a different look and texture.

The plants will split apart easily for separating into different containers, so I saved some for the next little garden I'm planning to do.

After the plants, I used some little stones to make a pathway for the garden...

And my favorite parts are the little accessories.  I bought the little bench here, and the mini hanging baskets here.  

The little garden hooks can be bought separately here, or you can do like I did and cut a wire dry cleaning hanger to make 2 perfect little garden hooks.  

I couldn't resist putting some little plants into the baskets as well, so I used a little plastic spoon and dug out a couple tiny pieces of the Hen and Chicks to plant in the baskets.  

I've been using a simple spray bottle to spritz the plants every couple of days and, so far, they're doing great.

I had so much fun with that, I also planted a little of the moss in this tiny birdbath I found at a thrift store the other day as well. 

I've already been searching around the house for more tiny containers and planning out my next mini garden, so watch out, world, I'm going Crazy Miniature Garden Lady!

If you've been miniature gardening, I'd love to see your creations.  And visit the Nester's "Show Us Your Planties" Party where I'll be linking up, to see some more great ideas!


A big thanks to all of you who pinned my canvases for the Pin to Win for Mother's Day Giveaway!  I'm pleased to announce to you that the winner is...

Stephanie Lankford, who pinned an 18x24!  Congrats to her!  

And one more thing--just to thank you all for participating, visit my shop and use coupon code MOTHERSDAY from now through Friday, April 27th to receive 10% off your total order!    

 Get those photos to me and give your Mother a gift she'll never forget!


  1. That is super cute, Julie! I've thought about doing one myself since we've downsized. Not a lot of room outside our condo for being pots of things, so I thought this idea might be good. Love that little bench.

  2. Super cute - and I REALLY love the miniature bird bath you found. The moss in it is too cute!

  3. I love your little cactus garden. It is really cute! Stopping by from the Nester.

  4. WAY TOO CUTE!!! Love it and thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so stinkin cute, it all just makes me smile. I can't say enough about how much I love it. Adorable as ever:)

  6. I was up most of the night with a teething toddler. This morning I was dead to the world as I read this. I really woke up when I read my name. Yeah! So excited!

  7. I LOVE you kind of crazy! Those are some of the cutest little things I have ever seen. Lots of people do miniatures but they are mostly inside dollhouse type ones. Yours are just so unique. I love the way your mind works, sister! xo Diana

  8. I love it! I have fallen in love with succulents recently and just love this!! The little hanging plants are such a fun touch too, I've never seen anything like that before, such a cute idea!

  9. This is so cute! I have a container that I need to plant up and this would be perfect. Thanks for the idea! Jean

  10. Wow! You did such a great job. Thanks so much for including links to those little hanging baskets- I totally need one! ;)

  11. Wonderful little landscape, Julie. I also like the clever way you have converted what may have been a pedestal candle holder into a cut little bird bath planter. Both projects are amazing. Thank you for doing such a nice post about it.

  12. I'd love to follow you on Pinterest but I can't find you. :)

    I love mini gardens. Sort of like doll houses for those of us without a daughter. :)

  13. Love it---Maybe I can keep it alive???

  14. OH, OH, OH those are incredible! The tiny hanging baskets and the bench, perfection!

  15. How adorable! Love the little baskets - so cute!


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