It's really trendy to have tiny green plants in the home or on the balcony. If you haven't got a lot of space, you can create a mini garden to enchant you and your guests.
It's not just a case of planting a few plants next to each other in soil. A mini garden is much more than that. Think of it as a small floral world, enriched with stylish accessories, small garden paths, furniture, bridges, statues and even water features. Miniature parks or biotopes that are true to scale are examples of things that work well, as do typical gardens.
The first thing to do is find an appropriate container. When choosing a container, you can almost let your imagination run wild. Planting bowls or plant pots are suitable, but so is nearly every other type of container. They can be round, oval, rectangular or square. However you should bear a few rules in mind.
If you want to design a mini garden that even defies low temperatures, then it must be frost-proof. And relatively large. Because the more soil you put in the container, the better the roots of the plants are protected from the cold. Capacity also plays a role in the required layout. Small growing flowers and shrubs need relatively little space for example.
So that there is no water-logging in the container later, you must make a drain hole and create drainage (e.g. from expanded clay) for irrigation water if not available already. We recommend putting a suitable dish underneath to collect the excess water. A good all-round container for a mini garden is a 30-cm deep dish with a diameter of about 50 cm. It can be moved easily and provides you with a sufficiently large platform for your (first) mini-garden.
The question remains what the container should be made of. There is a large variety of materials. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Planting your mini garden really depends on location. Therefore placing plants which prefer shade in direct sunlight isn't the thing to do. How green-fingered you are is also a key factor. From experience, if you aren't really one for regularly looking after your little charges, more hardy candidates are perhaps worth considering. Of course in addition to your preferences and expectations with regard to caring for your plants, you should also consider plant growth and leaf size. Finally, the perfect mini garden should be a miniature version of a large garden. At the end of the day, all measurements and proportions have to fit. Here is a selection of plant species that look good in a mini garden.
To add to this general information, it's now time for some specific plant tips. All five of these plants are easy to care for and can be perfectly combined with each other.
Containers and plants are important but are by no means the only components for a biotope in a pot. Anyone wanting to create a mini garden needs another bit of equipment to create the perfect illusion of a miniature garden. This includes garden furniture like benches, tables or loungers. In specialist shops you can even find nesting boxes, garden tools, fences, rubber boots and figures of animals or small statues, made out of metal or plastic. When designing your area and combining the relevant pieces, you should make sure that everything fits together not only in terms of content but also in terms of scale. You can buy small objects in scales of 1:12, 1:18 or 1:24, for example. This is also true for paths and spaces which you can create out of small pieces of gravel, mosaic stones and similar materials.