How To Shop for Miniature Garden Plants

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Gardening in Miniature with

Wading into a brand new hobby can sometimes be overwhelming but with gardening in miniature, it's a much different kind of overwhelm - it's excitement and anticipation.

I'm not sure how many fellow miniature gardeners have agreed that the possibilities in this hobby keeps you awake at night, daring you to sneak into the studio to try this idea or experiment with that idea.

But there is one thing that you should do before you start buying plants for your miniature garden, and that is a bit of research. You can't just pick up a pair of knitting needles and some yarn and start knitting - you have to learn a few things before you start. In fact, I'm hard-pressed to think of any hobby that you can just waltz-in and start excelling at as there is a learning curve for most things. 

And this is where Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center comes in, we've been simplifying the new hobby for beginner gardeners to make you as successful as you can be. We've been blogging since 2009 over on our Mini Garden Guru blog AND we've have the oldest and longest-running newsletter for the hobby, the Mini Garden Gazette. (Do join us!) 

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To begin gardening in miniature, (or any type of gardening for that matter,) start by answering this question: WHERE am I going to grow my garden? 

Then follow these easy steps to find your plant choices:

  1. Find your planting zone. To figure out what zone you are in, please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find your zone. See it here.
  2. Is it going to live Indoors, outdoors, in sun, shade, part sun or part shade?
  3. THEN you need to figure out the light that spot receives, click here for an easy light chart, so you can get the right plants for that spot.

Then, and only then, start looking for the plants.

Miniature Garden with Pond and Juniper


Other points to remember when miniature plant shopping if you are shopping outside of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. 

  • Look for slow growing plants – example: miniature conifers that grow 1” per year or slow-growing dwarfs at less than 3″ per year. All plants will grow, we just use the ones that grow slow AND look like a miniature version of a full-sized plant.
  • Look for small-leaves with small branches or stems. Example: miniature daisies, the leaves AND the flowers are both tiny and stay tiny. Sometimes the flowers are totally out of scale, like our miniature iris. The tiny blades of the iris are SO adorable the flower is a big when it blooms. So with a little grace, you can patiently wait until the bloom dies away to get your perfectly scaled miniature garden back.

Here at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center you can search by your planting zone zone AND you light from the search bar in the upper right corner. Just put your zone in quotes like this: "Zone 5" Sun and you should be able to get all the sun plants for zone 5. 

Any questions? Please leave them in the comments below or email us anytime! 

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