TO MAKE YOUR MINISCAPE POT
A miniscape of shade-loving plants is ideal for indoors or a covered outdoor area.
Gather your supplies
Container Slate or stone paver Ferns, palms, moss and grass Pebble mulch
You’ll also need
Drill and bit; bagged garden soil mix; hammer; chisel
FOR YOU TO NOTE
• Wear work gloves, goggles and a dust mask before breaking up slate or stone, to protect yourself from sharp shards and dust.
• You can buy stone or slate pavers from garden centres or hardware stores.
• Use bagged soil mix, not potting mix or soil from your garden, as it can be compressed and formed to create a stable base for the rocks.
STEP 1 Make drainage holes in your pot if needed, using a drill and bit appropriate for the material.
STEP 2 Fill pot with garden soil mix to about 20mm below the rim.
STEP 3 Wearing appropriate safety gear, break up slate or stone paver. Slate is easy to work with, as you can split it along the stratified layers using a hammer and chisel.
STEP 4 Make a soil mound at back of pot and insert pieces of slate or stone in descending height order to create cliffs, firming soil around base to stabilise them.
STEPS 5, 6 Arrange the plants still in their pots, positioning taller varieties at the back. When you’re happy with the arrangement, take a photo for your reference.
STEP 7 Make planting holes and position plants, backfilling around them with soil. Lay stone shards flat with pre-moistened moss around them. Water in gently using a spray gun, then mulch.
Good things do come in small packages, as these lovely little landscapes show