Scale is the size relationship between items, meaning the proportion to each other. Amy Lea ‘n Me offers primarily medium scale items meaning ½” to 1 foot in the human world. These are good for outdoor ground gardens, large or medium pot gardens and larger terrarium gardens. Using similar scaled items will provide the most natural and realistic effect.
The first thing you see when looking at your miniature garden is the focal point. Consider a unique piece or plant for the focal point. A larger scale item can be used as a focal point, such as a house or maybe a fence. Choose to center the piece or place it off to the side. Building out from the focal point draws the eye out but yet invokes a smile when remembering the garden.
Using the design technic of layering creates dimension and more interest to the eye. Layering is not just tall in the back and short in the front. It is using plants and structures to transition from one part of the garden to another. Using borders of plants or stones and then walls and taller plants will draw visitors in.
Balance is very important when planning your miniature garden. Often the garden can be viewed in a single area in a single view. You don’t want to overwhelm the eye as you take in the entire scene at one time. Too much of one component, structures or accessories, can give an overwhelming feeling when looking at your garden. Repeating an item can provide balance while drawing the eye through the garden. Balancing the components will provide a pleasant view
Color in a miniature garden is just as important as it is in the human garden. Color can be shades and tones as well as the true red, yellow, and purple. Using similar colored foliage will create a vibrant background for flowers or miniature accessories.
Texture can be displayed by using a variety in foliage but also in the use of hard and soft elements. Hard textures include structures, walls, furniture, and pathways or stones. Soft elements are plants, water features and grass or moss. Use both elements to create an interesting design.