How to Create a Tabletop Garden
To make this pretty tabletop garden, start by purchasing a small weeping pussy willow tree, which is available in many big-box stores in late winter. Next, gather the following materials: container, plastic, cotton batting, potting mix, preserved moss and other assorted small plants.
Step 1: Line container with plastic
Line the bottom of a container with a sheet of plastic or set the planter on a tray to protect the tabletop from moisture damage.
Step 2: Add cotton batting
Cut cotton batting to fit the container and press it into place. Batting will hold moisture, so water sparingly.
Step 3: Add soil and tree
Add potting mix to the container and then position the willow off-center. Fill with mix to within about 2 inches of the container's rim.
Step 4: Arrange assorted plants
Next, snug other plants into place, making a colorful arrangement. Fill in between the plants with potting mix and top with bits of preserved moss.
Step 5: Finishing touches
If you like, add miniature wire fencing for a rustic touch to your garden. In late spring, transplant the pussy willow tree into your outdoor garden where you can enjoy it for years to come.