Mini Evergreen Garden

DIY - Mini Evergreen Garden

The style of container garden, known as trough gardening or English trough gardening began in the mid-1800s. It was popular at the time to collect specimen plants from around the world and the container that was decided was the best to show off their miniature plant collections, was the watering troughs used for their livestock. Create this miniature garden planted with slow growing, low maintenance, dwarf evergreen plants to provide color, texture, and interest in your garden year-round.

DIY - Mini Evergreen Garden

Planting Steps

Step 1: Choose your favorite plants. Miniature conifers or evergreens work best because they grow slow - some growing as slow as an inch a year - they will be happy in a container for years to come. Mixing groundcovers and small succulent plants in with the evergreens is fun to do also.
Step 2: Choose your container. You can create a mini evergreen garden in any container you choose - but shallower containers work best.
Step 3: Place a coffee filter over the hole at the bottom of the pot to keep the new soil in place.
Step 4: Add potting soil in the container 2/3 of the way full.
Step 5:  Place your plants in the container, and fill in with soil around them.
Step 6: To create more of a miniature landscape look. Add rocks, placed in a way that appears as a natural rock might.
Step 7: Layer pebbles, small rocks or moss on top of the soil.
Step 8: Water in your container garden thoroughly. Then place it in your garden. This garden will prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. 

Shopping List

1 - Bowl 18 - 24 inches wide (be sure the bowl has drainage  holes)
3 - Dwarf Evergreen shrubs (We carry a variety of evergreens - mix and match the ones that you like)
1 - Dwarf Groundcover
1 - bag Potting Soil
1 - bag pebbles
1 - box E.B. Stone Sure Start


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B - Dwarf Cryptomeria

C - 'Golden Sprite' Hinoki Cypress
D - Leptinella 'Platt's Black'

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