Dwarf plant? Plant dwarfs? Sounds like some sick article about some detestable new fad in Australia, but what I’m talking about is adding a little variety to your garden with the introduction of plants designed to live large by growing small. Everybody loves the appeal of a miniature version of something that we are used to seeing in regular sized form. Of course, you may also plant dwarfs because of an express and unavoidable need for dealing with dwarf plants. Those with extremely limited space for their garden fit into this group. But even if you have a garden the size of a British manor’s manure field, you can still benefit from experimenting with extreme variations in size.
Dwarf Vegetable Garden
Just because you live with with severely limited space issues is not excuse not to grown vegetables like corn, squash and potatoes. Growing baby corn, finger potatoes and baby carrots is a good way to provide a little bit of variety to the table come dinner time. This remains true whether you are dealing from the perspective of confined space or not. Variety is the spice of gardening life so mixed in among your big cucumbers and plump pumpkins you can certainly find space for dwarf versions of standard salad fare. And here’s a little extra tip for free: some veggies that you know only from full sized portions can be raised as dwarf plants through early harvesting. Harvesting before full growth does not reduce the quality of these vegetables. Just the opposite, in fact. The younger you harvest things like corn and squash, the more tender the food will be.
Dwarf species are particularly well suited to container gardening. If you limit your vision of container gardening to those mass manufactured and soulless containers sold at the big chain stores, you need to open your eyes. Anything into which you can drill a hole that is big enough to contain the crop is suitable for container gardening, so get creative. And if you have only ever been a yard gardener, you may want to consider containers as decorative addition. Here’s the best news of all, however. Containers can be used to raise dwarf species that will provide you with a veritable salad bar of choices, including but not limited to tomatoes, hot peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and summer squash.
Popular Plants in Dwarf Form
You can even use dwarf varieties to spice your garden up a little while maintaining your commitment to some of those popular plants you can’t bear to give up. Rose bushes are so ubiquitous on the American landscape that, frankly, it has long sped past merely verging on the hackneyed. But if you love your rose bushes, so be it. Even so, would it really be that big a deal to shake things up by introducing miniature rose bushes? The Lily of the Nile is fast on its way to becoming as popular as roses, but you can still make quite a statement with your garden by choosing the dwarf version rather than the full sized variety. Do the research and discover which of your favorite garden plants are available in cute little mini-me sizes.