Garden Photo of the Day

Off-roading in miniature

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Laura Crockett’s garden in Oregon is a horticultural playground. There are playful details at every turn, and this is no exception. It’s a miniature landscape made from a rock garden plant and a tiny toy tractor, and after you’re compelled to drop to your hands and knees to take a closer look, you can almost imagine yourself stepping on the gas!

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  1. littlegreenthumb 10/19/2010

    Just an FYI...the tiny green plant with pink flowers is Silene acaulis, an excellent plant but must have great drainage like the gravel base shown in the picture.

  2. MichelleGervais 10/19/2010

    Thanks for the ID, littlegreenthumb--I was guessing some sort of Saxifraga, but wasn't sure enough to include it in the post!

  3. grizmom3 10/19/2010

    I So enjoy folks with a playful sense of humor. Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. sheilaschultz 10/19/2010

    I love the thought that goes into miniature designs. I bet she has fun with Halloween decorations, too. All of the little, creepy scenarios... hope we can see more shots of her gardens.

  5. steed1029 10/19/2010

    We tinker with a tad of decor in our front garden as well, and have a little resin racoon charachter named Rocky who makes his way around the garden to check out the lush surroundings. We'll have to get a shot to share of him checking out the Silver Mound Artemesia that nicely accents the rock formations.

  6. Vojt 10/25/2010

    Flowers don't look quite right to me for Silene acaulis. Is it possible that it is Dianthus simulans? It tends to mound this way. Great photo!

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