WATCH - How to make a dish garden
A potting bench or outdoor table are the best places to work and make sure you have a trowel and a good pair of gardening gloves. Choose a bowl you like that suits the environment you wish to create. Drawing a simple design can be helpful when it comes to placing your plants and make sure you have enough potting mix and gravel to get the job done.
Succulents require a dish or succulent bowl with good drainage and some gravel or small pebbles as a top layer. In some ways succulents are a good place to start as they don’t need a lot of attention. Just get the conditions right and you’ll have a miniature desert setting right on your bench top.
A moss garden likes moisture so no need for a drainage hole and you’ll need good quality potting mix to start it off. A large planter dish makes for a perfect home for your moss garden. You can transfer moss from your yard to your creation and include a plant that will thrive in the same conditions as a point of difference.
Aquatic Dish Garden
Another kind of dish garden is one using potted aquatic plants in an attractive bowl filled with water. There are a range of aquatic plants that will live quite happily indoors and look fantastic when creatively arranged in a decorative bowl. Use layers of pebbles or heavier gravel to hold the plants in place.
Don’t be afraid to add additions from your own garden or travels; a nice rock or an interesting piece of driftwood can really set off your display and make for a bit of a talking point. Making a dish garden (or two) is a great and creative way to add plants to your home. These mini eco-systems are surprisingly easy to maintain.