1. Place largest items first. These will be your focal points, such as a mini cottage, wishing well or arbor.
  2. Put the tallest plants to the rear and work forward. Start with treelike plants for height, followed by shrubs, cascading plants and creepers for fillers.
  3. Make paths using tiny, flat stones that lead to a house or secret garden.
  4. Create a pond, using a shallow pot, a saucer or a teacup.
  5. Enhance the landscape with bits of driftwood and mossy bark.


  1. Watering requirements depend on sun and wind exposure. Most mini garden plants need watering every day or two.
  2. When plants are growing, add a slow-release fertilizer. Use a plant food twice during the season.
  3. Trim plants as necessary to keep

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