We have an tiered egress window in our basement. It lets a lot of light into my craft area, but hasn’t been very pretty to look at. I decided to fix it up with a whimsical landscape.
It is hard to get a good overall picture in a small space, so this post has lots of close up pictures. Just keep on scrolling!
I started by adding in some potting soil to bring the ground levels up to where I wanted them and to add some good nutrients for my new plants. I then started with the bottom and worked my way up. Here is a pictorial tour of my garden!
For this section, I used some stone pavers we had to create a path and also a place for me to step on as I worked on the upper levels. I also made a staircase by cutting a branch into circles. I used the nail gun to connect them. My plant selections were chosen by a couple of criteria. I needed plants that were okay with a lot of shade and were pretty drought tolerant. Succulents work great! There are many kinds, and only some are good in colder climates. I used a combination of perennial and annual plants. I hope to get them all perennial eventually. I also transplanted some moss from other areas in my yard into the sections between the pavers. The white path is made from small sand dollars.
I tried to use a items and plants that had a variety of colors and textures. I also laid a metal planter on it’s side and put plants spilling out of it.
On the middle level we find a little home, outhouse and a pathway. I found miniature items from several sources including the dollar store, a fairy garden store and the craft store. My dad made me the outhouse 🙂
I added a little wishing well on this side and plan to make a spiral staircase on going up to the next level. I still need to figure out how to do that!
On the top level I have a little pond, some boulders and a tree stump. The first step down into the window well is a little steep, so I added the rocks and stump to give me something a little taller to step down onto as well as add some dimension
On this side, I used another piece of wood as a gnome house. I planted hen and chicks around it and used more moss between my pavers.
Here is a top view of the whole garden. I’m quite happy with it. Even my husband (who was a little skeptical) likes the finished product. It’s fun to look out at it as I work in my craft area. Sometimes I even have butterflies come for a visit.
If you want some more ideas, check out Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. They have some GREAT ideas as well as supplies.
I am anxiously awaiting their new book that comes in June. I have it pre-ordered 🙂 I want to make some miniature landscapes in containers.