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The three types of Japanese Miniature Garden are:

1. Sink and Trough
2. Window Box
3. Dishes, pans, or bowls

Sink and Trough
Sink and Troughs will vary greatly in size and shape, from a few inches to a horse’s trough. You can use an old stone sink placed on a pedestal to create a stunning focal point, but try not to use glazed sinks. Sinks have always been popular containers, but due to the lack of stone, other troughs and containers of varying sizes and shapes have been created. Concrete is the best material, because it is lighter than stone. You can start with on sink or trough and add more as time and finances allow, each act as an individual garden, but can give a lot of flair to your décor! Whether placed indoors or outside, these miniature gardens will enhance your environment! 

Window Box Gardens:
A variation from trough gardens, a window box is designed to fit in a particular sill or window.  Very few miniature gardens are in the shape of a window box. The window box Japanese garden is unique in its appearance from these views:

  • The outside
  • Eye Level, indoors
  • Decoration piece

Window-box gardens are aesthetically pleasing in both form and color. Make sure the window box you choose is in balance with your surroundings. They can be used to compliment the indoor or outdoor décor of a home, for any size home, and apartment or a large estate. Make sure it is weatherproof and attractive!

Indoor Miniature Dish Gardens

An indoor miniature garden almost always referred to a dish garden. These gardens will also vary in size, as small as an eggcup or much larger. Popular choices for indoor miniature gardens include bowls, dishes, pan and trays that measure 8-12 inches wide. These containers can be placed on a pedestal, an absorbent mat, or set inside a decorative container. Glazed bowls are a favorite, but can limit the life of your garden. Indoor gardens require the same time as outdoor gardens, , but involves finer detail because they are on a smaller scale!