51 Ways to Add Miniatures to Your Garden

Miniature gardens are more popular than ever. We like to think it’s because it brings the generations together and adds a little magic to your home. Mini gardening is a great way to introduce children to gardening and inspire them to explore the outdoor world. They can be as elaborate or as small as you want them to be. There’s no limit to what you can do!

1. Tuck a mini gnome settlement into a shady corner of your garden.


2. Turn an old tree stump into a fairy hideaway

3. Add a mini accent to a terrarium


4. Have a beach party in a succulent dish garden

5. Create a mini farm in an old wagon

6. Make a woodland mini path

7. Pack a bag—Use a suitcase as a mini container

8. Keep in simple, accent a container with a few mini mushrooms

9. Recycle broken pots to create a multi-level mini garden

10. Turn a tree into a magical gateway with a fairy door

11. Sow some mini seeds in a mini greenhouse

12. Use blue glass beads to create a tiny river

13. Add larger plants to make “trees” and “shrubs”

14. Bring some magic to your table with a mini centerpiece

15. Use found materials like bark and twigs to create a rustic fairy hideaway


16. Make a mini campsite in your backyard with a mini camper and fire pit


17. Add a mini birdbath for the mini birds

18. Use hanging basket to suspend a mini garden

19. Host a hobbit party in a hobbit house

20. Plant a vintage crate to make a mini scene

21. Create a cave with a terra-cotta pot


22. Make a teeny tiny garden in a tea cup

23. Have a seat—turn an old chair into a mini container

24. 'Raise’ some mini chickens in a mini chicken coop

25. Add some mini lights to illuminate your mini garden

26. Fish for mini fish in a mini pond

27. Create a path or steps using small tiles

28. Add a mini arbor for a mini focal point

29. Don’t forget a mini bench (even fairies need a rest every once in a while)

30. Nestle a mini garden between tree roots

31. Use a raised bed or planter box so everyone can see

32. Keep the accessories for your mini garden in a basket for an interested child to arrange

33. Have a mini BBQ with a your mini grill near your large grill


34. Enjoy boating? Add a boat to a mini pond

35. For a classy look, add a rock or two, birdhouse and a chair to your flowering container

36. Get prehistoric with mini dinosaurs and ferns

37. Cloches and dish gardens for indoors

38. Old washtubs work well for a neighborhood of minis

39. Use perennial Thymes for in-the-ground mini gardens for a fragrant carpet

40. Build a hobbit-type garden into a mound of soil

41. Add a garden accent with a mini gazing ball

42. Define your mini space with mini fences in the garden

43. Fill a mini vegetable garden with small hens and chicks as “lettuce”

44. Add a mini potting bench to help the fairies garden

45. Do some gardening with mini tools and a wheelbarrow

46. Don’t forget a mini mailbox so the fairies can get their mail

47. Use an old drawer as a container

48. Make a playground with a mini tire swing

49. Create a mini patio oasis with a mini bistro table and chairs

50. Add a mini bridge over a mini stream made of blue marbles

52. Think extra small—add a micro mini garden to your mini garden!

Phew! That was fun. Did we miss something? We can help you create your very own mini garden at our Magical Mini-Garden Fest this Saturday (June 6) in Naperville and Sunday (June 7) in Aurora. Show off your creation on our Facebook page. We’d love to see them all!

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Spring Hours

March 30-June 30

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

Memorial Day Hours

Monday, May 27


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