Designer Katrina Giles welcomed a truly white Christmas. Miniature planted Christmas trees were wrapped with lights and paired with a long garland wreath. Hints of red ribbon and berries on the wreath poke out from the snow and provide a pop of color.
Create a miniature paper tree village in the dining room or entryway. These are easy to make using card stock, wooden dowels and glue. Once complete, simply place inside glass cloches for a more permanent display.
Versatile and beautiful, the dwarf globe blue spruce is an eye-catcher in the landscape. The miniature tree features classic blue spruce needles on an upright stem. It’s a slow grower and eventually reaches 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide, but that size can take decades to achieve. Use this unusual tree in perennial beds, and underplant it with daylilies or catmint. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Botanical name: Picea Globe Blue Standard
An HGTV fan created an inviting holiday entrance by using vintage finds and plenty of greenery. She strung lights through the garland and miniature Christmas trees. A vintage sled and chalkboard stand add a creative touch to the festive porch.
Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’) has a shape like a miniature Christmas tree. Bright green needles demand little care to look their best, and a slow growth rate makes this spruce a go-to evergreen for containers. Dwarf Alberta spruce grows just 2 to 4 inches a year. When shopping, buy a plant close to the size you want.
Vintage buckets can be found in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors. This metal dry-goods bucket makes a great holder for a live rosemary plant to give to the chef or gardener in your life. Buckets can also be filled with miniature Christmas trees or winter flowers like paperwhites. Include tips on caring for the plant on the back of the gift tag.
A sight for sore eyes, the Gingerbread Cottages of Oak Bluffs are quite the spectacle for any Martha's Vineyard visitor. More than 300 miniature cottages line the streets with their delicate trimmings and multicolored facades that imitate frosting.
A covered entrance, vertical gardens and concrete stained a warm terra cotta hue brought the Birds of Prey Courtyard Garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013 alive. Designed by Davis Dalbok of Living Green Design, the living walls are draped with conifers, mosses, collectible Japanese maples and rare miniature baobab-type trees.
For an ominous look, HGTV fan michellelouise22 placed a black raven and spray-painted tree branches at the center of her fireplace mantel to represent Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven. She made the "nevermore" sign with vinyl letters, and the black candleholders and miniature pumpkins give an extra dark touch.
Sometimes the cup (or mug) makes the garden. This whimsical teacup garden was inspired by the oversized cat mug that contains it and provides instant fun to a mix of variegated plants, some faux-trees and miniature mushrooms. All add up to a one-of-a-kind garden sure to delight a child or a cat lady (or guy).
When choosing dwarf Alberta spruce for pots, consider miniature varieties, like Tiny Tower (Picea glauca conica ‘MonRon’). This little cutie reaches a maximum height of 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. The slow growth rate means you can keep it tucked into containers for a few years. Tiny Tower has bright green leaves that shift to gray as they mature. It’s hardy in Zones 3 to 8. At Christmas, you’ll often see mini Christmas trees in pots. These are usually dwarf Alberta spruce and can be planted into the landscape after the holiday.