What are Miniature Garden Plants?

“Miniature garden plants” are often misunderstood by the average garden-center-worker so we need to speak their language to find the ones that work for our hobby.

If you just ask for “miniature garden plants” you’ll probably be directed to plants with cute names or colorful-leaved plants. This is still a new hobby and many professional gardeners have yet to understand what we do here when we are gardening in miniature.

No worries! We’ve got you AND we understand you – because we are miniature gardeners too.


About Mini Garden
Bedding Plants

Just like a full-sized garden, our mini gardens need an understory, or layers, to create a cohesive garden design albeit tiny!

We pair our miniature trees and shrubs with small-leafed, slow-growing ground covers (we like to call them miniature bedding plants) that have the same light, water and placement requirements as the trees for a healthy and happy gardening in mini.

What to Look For – Bedding Plants:

– Small-leafed ground covers
– Small-leafed sedums
– Rockery plants – slow-growing
– Alpine plants (naturally small and slow growing)
– Miniature or Dwarf Perennials


About Mini Garden
Trees & Shrubs

The miniature garden trees and shrubs that we recommend for this new hobby are called “dwarf” and “miniature.” These two terms describe the growth rate of the plant, not the mature size. These plants will still grow but they grow slowly enough that we can enjoy them in a miniature garden setting sometimes for years before needing repotting.

What to Look For – Trees and Shrubs:

– Miniature or Dwarf Conifers
– Baby trees and shrubs – preferably in 4” pots
– Pre-bonsai trees (once they get “bonsai’d” they price goes way up)




About Indoor Miniature Gardens:

The selection is somewhat limited for indoor miniature gardening simply because a lot of indoor plants don’t look like miniature versions of the full-sized plants and trees we see in our full-sized landscapes and gardens.

It is, after all, we are aiming for a garden IN miniature.

But we’ve been miniature gardening for well over 2 decades now and have found some viable solutions for an indoor garden in miniature.

More About Indoor Miniature Plants

  • Indoor plants are tropical plants that like to stay 60 degrees or above, all year long. So, NO. Not all plants will work in your indoor environment.
  • Small-leaved perennial plants and succulents do well in an indoor environment.
  • Also look for indoor conifers and baby trees that mimic full-size trees.

See what’s in stock today at Your Miniature Garden Center Store. (Not all plants are available at all times.)

Where can I find the right plants for miniature gardening?

I had the same problem which is why we started Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, the world’s only miniature garden store, since 2001.

At Two Green Thumbs, we specialize in plants and trees that WORK for the miniature garden. And “what works” are well-behaved plants that are fun to grow.  A lot of our miniature gardens have lived 10 years or more in a container with the right combination of plants and trees, are low maintenance with year-round interest. Follow us for the best suggestions for your area or purpose and use the email sign-up form on this page.

Whether you are a miniature gardener, railroad gardener or a fairy gardener, we got you covered! Visit TwoGreenThumbs.com, where we have been shipping plants to the lower 48 & Alaska safely, (all year long!) for over 2 decades.


“Choose the right plant for the right place”
The #1 garden rule – applies in miniature too!
Miniature Garden Pixie Spruce

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