Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Miniature Garden - My Pandora's Box
Pictured above is my new miniature garden. It is still under construction, but I’ve got the plants all planted. I still need to add a border all around it to set it off from the patio and add some small crushed stone for the path to the centerpiece. (The nursery owner where I bought the plants said she would give me a bag of crushed oyster shells to use for this.) And, I need to change the centerpiece to something better than the clay saucer with rocks that I have there now. I am more or less using it to mark where “something better” will be added later. The strip without mulch is where the path will be. I also added a few miniature garden ornaments I had purchased a long time ago, but probably won't keep those there for long, as I'm not sure I like the looks of them, and I think there are too many of them for this small space.
The rocks on the right are supposed to be marking off a corner of the garden that I raised up a little to give it a some more interest. I made this rock “wall” using various rocks I had run across while digging around in the garden. As I dug the rocks up over the years, I tossed them in a pile by my compost bin figuring I’d find a good use for them eventually, and I did.
The garden measures 5 feet across and 3 feet deep.
Because the owners of the nursery were so helpful in finding me the best pots of little hostas they had, I was able to divide up the 5 hostas I purchased into 14 plants. I planted:
- Hosta ‘Pandora’s Box’
- Hosta ‘Baby Bunting’
- Hosta ‘Bitsy Gold’
- Hosta ‘Moonstruck’
- Hosta gracillima
I also included 3 Heuchera ‘Petite Pearl Fancy’ (Coral Bells) and 1 Thalictrum kiusianum (Kyusbu Meadow Rue).
Remember, the idea for this came from a quick visit to a daylily and hosta nursery on Saturday. I guess it just isn’t safe for me (or most gardeners) to go to a nursery or garden center, “just to look”. There is no "just looking"! With every trip to anyplace where plants are sold, there is a chance of opening up your own Pandora's Box!
I am now looking for some ideas of what to use for a miniature border, and what to do with the centepiece.
Overall, I'm very happy with how this is turning out so far and how much fun it is to plant!