A raised trough and a hanging pot filled with tiny ferns give depth to a miniature patio scene. A standard-sized fuchsia, kept root-bound in a 1-inch pot, is trained to simulate a tree (right). The clay brick path leads past a miniature African violet.
A Pixie Blue miniature African violet blooms beneath a canopy of rabbit’s-foot fern. The dual-level pot was sculpted and planted to represent a miniature forest floor. Pearlwort growing at the base visually melds the pot with its 6-inch saucer.
Looking like an egg-filled nest, a ringlet of ground-hugging Japanese garden junipers circles ocean-washed stones called popples in a Massachusetts garden. The dark rock is lava and the path edging is cedar-post sections.
Spring bulbs such as the crocuses, hyacinths and tulips above will flower indoors from January to April provided they are exposed to cold first. Groups look best in shallow bulb pans, but single hyacinths are often grown in standard 3-or 4-inch pots.
Glowing through greenhouse windows banked in snow are pots of Rieger begonia, poinsettia, geranium, petunia, camellia and columnea. On the December day when this picture was made in Excelsior, Minnesota, the temperature was 5° below zero.
Dazzling red tulips with delicate yellow edges point toward the April sun, ready to unfold their tapered petals. A variety called Rockery Master, they belong to the increasingly popular Greigii hybrid class of tulips.
Yellow Sun daffodils, white Van Wereld’s Favorite daffodils and red lily-flowered Aladdin tulips brighten a spring garden in Victoria, British Columbia. White Greek anemones, at center, divide the daffodil beds.