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There are some general guidelines to help you decide which plants you want, whether you are designing a fairy garden or any other miniature garden scene. Miniature gardening is not about choosing plants based on how big they will eventually get, but the rate at which they grow. They are comprised of slow-growing plants that you prune to keep small. Miniature plants grow one inch less per year and dwarf plants that grow no more than six inches per year. Like a regular garden, the ideal plants will depend on where you plan on growing it. So, before you pick plants, assess the conditions of the spot , and then you will know which type of plants will thrive best.
While we think of wisteria as a tangle of vines that overtakes a structure, the dwarf wisteria is a perfect pick for a miniature garden. Not only does it grow very slowly, it is very low maintenance.
Discovered in Scotland, this plant grows very slowly and will reach only a foot at full maturity. It is a very hardy plant, meaning it can thrive well in a variety of environments, and requires sharp soil that drains well.
This plant, with its tiny silver leaves, can add some nice texture to your miniature garden; shedding leaves in the fall and showing off beautiful little flowers in the winter, this plant can give your garden a different look throughout the seasons. It needs soil that is nice and moist, and does best in cooler climates.
This plant is one of the smallest of the small. If you love watching the leaves change in the fall, this is a good plant to have in the garden. It will grow into a nice mat, and you can trim it whenever you like, but it is best to do so in the winter when it is dormant. This plant is hardy and drought-tolerant.
This plant only grows one to two inches yearly and reaches only a foot as an adult—it can spread about 18 inches, but some good trimming can keep it in place and slow the rate of growth even more. It has an attractive combination of green leaves and pink flowers, which bloom in the beginning of spring. It thrives best in a spot that is not in the full-on sun.
This plant is in high demand because it can be trimmed to look like an apple tree, with its bright red berries. But, it is not always easy to find. Though you can prune and trim anytime, it is best to do so in the winter so that you do not cut off the white flower buds that bloom in the summer.
About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about a variety of home and garden topics.
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