When it comes to planting bulb gardens I start by looking at space. Space is most important because it dictates many of the plant’s parameters. Typically, minimal use of water is not good for a tuber garden, or a “spot” garden, which I call a plum tree or grape tree. Most types of miniature bonsai trees prefer only small, generous, and tepid watering. In contrast, to satisfy your needs for wanting to water your bulb garden, it is best to include conditions for constant, constant watering. Anything less than daily water helps too much for some plants.
Miniature hollyhocks and crocuses are a good introduction to a small shrubgy garden bed. Each plant needs only 10″ to 14″ of soil, so it is easy to grow at home. You can use about 2″ of potting soil, and every few days add 1″ of rich-coated compost. This low-water crop is easy to keep happy, and the plant is quick to get vigorous.
A bantam bromeliad called “Sea Breeze.” It produces a small variety of flowers, and tiny fruits. If you add a few branches, they tend to climb up.
Twizy is a bulb-growing dwarf shrub that is brightly colored because it is sown in clusters, and not the whole plant. People commonly garden with a miniature cypress, or dwarf cypress, as well as a mini broccoli plant, and an array of dwarf apple, sweet potato, and pumpkin plants.
Full Moons, like an early French, vine-sown bougainvillea, requires little water at all, so it doesn’t need to be grown in pots. The vine is polygonal, and some portion of the clipping has been retained by the vines themselves for future growth. The vines are dormant at this time of year and tend to only grow one foot each year.
This fern is a natural bushier Japanese perennial. It is a wonderful, extremely low-water habit with mature leaves that grow high above the ground, and can be easily kept in a place of shade.
Coral bells are a variety of Japanese perennial. There are some wild cultivars, but I prefer to plant them in raised beds. You do not want them to be pinched here, because of the wide-leaved (ranging between 1-2″ wide) plants can easily add the need for lots of water if we were to have a dry spell. Coral bells grow very prolifically, and they are the largest annual color in my globe garden.
You will never see a floriferous Japanese lady’s mantle in a pot. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. In my miniature garden, I take a leaf from the root stock of the bulb bush, and that leaves develops into the flower form.
Given the right soil, night temperatures and sunny days, you can easily garden with a miniature phalaenopsis flowerpot. As good a plant as this is, the leaf of the phalaenopsis flowerpot is almost as extraordinary.
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