My tiny garden in a style I like to think of as deconstructed (code for lazy woman's) Bonsai
They had me at "tiny". My Mom and I recently attended a class at Garden Fever called Tiny Gardens taught by miniature garden design experts Nancy Goldman and Genevieve Layman. I really didn't know what to expect but I have enjoyed making topiaries and I imagined this would be somewhat similar.
As a mobile option, I've created a Snapguide for this project which you can find here: http://snp.gd/eap3zw
This is a really fun project whether your tastes are whimsical (you might want to add some furniture for the fairy visitors) or sophisticated (let rocks, sand, gravels, and bark be part of your natural palette) and I will walk you through the six steps needed to make a charming, wee garden.
1 small container
An array of small plants
Rock, bark, moss, or any other decorative items that suit your fancy
1. Gather your materials. Your garden can use moisture loving plants like ferns, mosses, and grasses, or xeric plants like succulents and cacti. Add moss, bark, gravel, stones, shells--you are the artist!
2. Partly fill your container with either regular potting soil or a cacti blend for succulents and cacti.
3. Trim your plants to your liking and to fit your container. Some root trimming might be needed to get everything to fit.
4. Begin "building" your garden, layering and rearranging until you are happy with the composition.
5. Don't be afraid to divide plants into smaller segments by pulling apart their roots. Remember that in nature things often grow in clusters or groups.
6. Once planting is done feel free to add rocks or moss, figurines, or tiny structures. Make a nice spot for the little fairies who might visit. And once you're done, give everything a good watering, of course.