Many people will place just one houseplant in one pot, and call it done. Why not mix and match houseplants in one container, the same way you might herbs or annuals? A container of mixed houseplants is called a Dish Garden, and they’re simple to make. To start, pick a group of compatible plants with the same water, sun, and soil needs, and plants that tend to stay smaller in size. Then pick a container hat is large enough to house all of them, and that has a drainage hole in the bottom. Fill the bottom of the container with less than one inch of gravel, pebbles, or broken pottery shards to provide good drainage. Next, put the plants on top of the soil and arrange them until you like the look, , keeping in mind that you are trying to create a miniature landscape. Then unpot and arrange your final design. Surround the root-balls with soil. Add in decorative items like shells, moss, stones, nests, or other collected objects, being sure to leave places in your container where you can water the plants at their base. Finally, water deeply and weekly thereafter. Be sure your garden never sits in excess water and replace any overgrown or sickly plants as needed for the best results.
There! Voila! You have yourself a beautiful Dish Garden.
Don’t miss our upcoming Make & Take workshop on Saturday, February 6, where you can make your own dish garden to take home with you!