Lord of the Rings, inspired miniature planter
Lord of the rings fans – rejoice! Now it is possible to transform even the smallest space in your garden into a hobbit-inspired feature, full of all your favourite elements from the film and novel.
Themed miniature gardens are so inventive! They allow gardeners to create something daring and unusual – unique even! Every miniature garden design is different. From elegant fairy gardens made from quaint cottage houses and rustic woodland furniture, to mythical hobbiton gardens like this one we recently created which we packed full of fun elements that really look the part. And of course your miniature garden doesn’t have to have the actual characters seen in the fictional novel. Many designers enjoy leaving a lot to the imagination when it comes to creating themed miniature gardens.
To create the ground for our Lord of the Rings inspired miniature garden, we used grey river stones to create a border to a pathway, leading to our little hobbit house, which we filled with black micro gravel. This feature created a contemporary-styled layout with white micro gravel filling the surrounding areas. The clean and ultra-sophisticated effect of the black and white gravel combination also gives the impression of a sprinkling of snow on the ground, with foraging squirrels gathered around the hidden doorway to underground living quarters! We chose so many miniature garden accessories, all of which can be found on our accessories collection page. The step ladders on rope feature really finishes the planter perfectly, creating the impression that the wizard and goblin characters use the ladders to escape out of their miniature garden at night. Behind the whimsical wizard/goblin house, we chose some bird houses on stakes to add a little colour to the design. The troll bridge adds to the mythical feel of the planter, with other magical elements such as the gazing ball and campfire complimenting the look effortlessly. To add a little greenery and to keep the modernistic feel to the miniature garden, we chose some sempervivums and also Thymus Elfin and Thymus Silver Posie for real visual impact, but you can use whichever miniature plants you like to create contrast and tone throughout your design.
We think you will agree that our choice of sempervivums really sets the miniature planter off. The sempervivums need a good drainage system so ensure that before you start, you have placed some broken terracotta pieces or some polystyrene bits in the bottom of your planter underneath the soil. A good drainage system will also prevent the planter from pooling with water during large rainfalls and will prevent damage and mold occurring in and amongst your miniature features.
The miniature garden accessories that we used for this Hobbiton miniature garden are of high quality and make fantastic photography – wouldn’t you agree? The products are weather hardy but we do recommend that you spray (and respray) them with a protective coat of polyurethane water seal to prevent them from over exposure to the sun, wind and rain overt time. The protective coat will ensure that their vibrant colours will last the extreme weather conditions brought by the hot summer months and the colder winter season. Try mixing your miniature garden accessories up a little by adding rustic sign posts into the design or more hobbit-hole houses to create your own little community.
These themed miniature gardens are perfect little projects to involve your children in. Allow them to design their own mini village finished with their choice of creative features. What’s even better is that these miniature gardens can be designed and re-designed time and time again to create a completely unique innovation with each project. Don’t forget to share your hobbit-inspired miniature garden designs with us, where we can share your pictures with other fellow Lord Of The Rings fans to share the inspiration.
Below are some of the products that we used in the design.