European Dish Garden
This is very much like creating a planted container, except all the plants remain in their own containers.
They are quick, interchangeable, seasonal, and easy to make. And, they perk up anyone's day.
Step one: Select a shallow saucer about three inches in depth and about 12 - 14 inches in diameter.
Step two: Sprinkle a little charcoal on the bottom. This keeps the soil, water, and materials from getting sour.
Step three: Decide on three to four green foliage plants with the same light and watering requirements. All in about 3 - 4 inch pots. Some trailing, some full.
Step four: Arrange the plants to show contrast.
Step five: Add some blooming plants in four inch pots or fresh cut stems in water vials. Pack with sphagnum moss. Keep moss moist.
Step six: For interest, add natural gravel or a colorful side bow.
European dish gardens are meant to be bright and colorful. They can be kept fresh by merely changing the cut flowers or changing out the blooming pots.Tip: Prune at the proper time of the year. For spring blooming plants, prune afterwards. For fall bloomers, prune in the spring.