These miniature plants are all varieties that are suitable for use in smaller containers. Whether you are making an alpine trough, hypertufa planter with lots of succulents, a bonsai garden, a fairy garden or miniature garden, you will need small, rather slow growing plants. Even small plants require pruning or an occasional trim to maintain the size or to get them to re-bloom. You will find a useful description of the individual plants below.
When choosing miniature plants for a small-scale garden let your imagination run free. The process is almost like painting a scene on a canvas. You select a plant that resembles the real thing and over night, a small perennial magically becomes a large shrub in a flower bed. Or if you choose a houseplant like baby tears it becomes the lawn in your little miniature world.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, some miniature plants can successfully be left in their plastic pot and planted right into the planter/garden. That way the growth is somewhat restricted. They will be root bound by the end of the season but will retain their size much better for one season than if they are planted directly in the soil. Just pay a little more attention to the watering! This method works very well for plants like fairy vine, sedum, topiaries or small woody evergreens, but not for ground cover plants you want to spread.