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Mini Gardens. BIG Impact.

Make a BIG impact with small gardens. Mini gardening possibilities are endless and it's so fun adding accessories to jazz them up for the holidays. There are so many ways to garden small including terrariums, glass orbs, fairy gardens, dish gardens, succulent gardens and even hanging string gardens. Also, try re-purposing items from your home such as jars, drawers, and old dishes. Get creative and get miniature!

Step 1: Choose a Location
Choose a spot for your garden, indoors or out. If you choose an outdoor location, look for a nook or cranny to offer a protected spot in the landscape. You may choose to create an indoor garden in a flower pot, terracotta saucer, bowl or vase. The possibilities are endless, any container can be transformed into an enchanted garden.

Step 2: Construct the Garden
Let your imagination run free when creating your mini garden. Try incorporating ponds, walkways, and even a garden border. You may find it useful to segment an area for your mini gardens with garden borders, miniature fencing or river rock. During construction, you can add rolling hills to your garden with moss and other plant material.

Step 3: Add Plants
Any type of small plant can easily be incorporated into your gardens. Once you have decided where your garden will be located, indoor or outdoor, you can start identifying plants for your creation. Be sure to pair plants with similar growing conditions (i.e., shade or sun, waterwise, etc). For outdoor gardens, use hardy plants. We recommend small conifers like mugo pine, deadora cedar, or dwarf Hinoki cypress. Other choices include tiny boxwoods, elm trees and Japanese maples. To create a groundcover, we recommend creeping thyme, corsican mint, or small-leaved sedums like Makinoi Ogon. For indoor gardens, there are many possibilities. You can choose from a wide selection of mini foliage plants like ferns and ivy. Also, try a small cactus and tiny succulents. To add colorful blooms, use mini flowering plants like roses, kalanchoe, euphorbia, African violets, bromeliads or orchids.

Step 4: Accessorize
Embellish your mini garden with houses, benches, tiny wheelbarrows, furniture or any other accessories. Visit any McDonald Garden Center to find everything you need from containers to tiny plants and accessories, and let your imagination go wild!

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