Making a Gnome Garden in a Planter

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September 22, 2014

Gnome GardenOur little gnome needed a place to live so we created a magical container garden for him.



  • plants (shade or sun loving plants)
  • soil
  • large container
  • rocks
  • trinkets (tiny flower pots, bench, stepping stones, etc.)
  • other items (broken pots, pieces of glass, twigs, etc.)
  • gnome


  1. Collect the plants you want to use. I chose shade plants: fern (from our yard), dwarf mondo grass, Mossy Saxifrage, Corsican mint, and Polypodium scouleri.
  2. fern from yard
    small plants
  3. Add drain holes to the pot if it doesn't have them. I like to set a rock over the hole to keep the soil from washing out. Fill the pot with soil.
  4. add soil
    soil in pot
  5. Create high and low areas if you want. I used a large rock to build up the soil and also created a depression in the soil.
  6. large rock
    creating high spots

  7. Plant the plants, keeping in mind that plants that prefer drier soil should be higher, so that water drains away from them. I planted moss in a broken pot and used part of a broken bottle to hold back some of the soil.
  8. moss in broken pot
    planting plants 1
    planting plants 2
  9. I used crush blue glass to give the appearance of water.
  10. crushed glass for water
  11. There are lots of tiny items (for fairy gardens or doll houses) that can be used. Small benches, flower pots, stepping stones, and garden tools look really cute. Rocks, twigs, acorns, etc. also make great decorations. Be creative and have fun!
  12. broken bottle
    gnome in garden
    up close of broken pot

NOTE: When watering be sure to use a sprayer with a MIST setting so that you don't displace soil or decorations.

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August 27, 2015

This little garden built for a gnome is a fun garden accent, perfect for the front porch. Lean how we made ours in this short video.

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