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Can someone explain minis to me?

13 years ago

I'm thinking next year I'd like to create a mini garden, since my wintertime hobby is 1" scale miniatures. I keep reading a lot about how people put them in troughs. Why is this? And, do they have to be? I understand about their shallow root systems and how they are more susceptible to the freeze and thaw. How do you minimize that? Since they are just as expensive, if not more, than regular size hosta, I wouldn't want to spend a bunch only to lose them. Can anyone who has had luck overwintering explain some of this to me? I'm in zone 5. Thanks.

PS-Here's a pic of one of my 1" scale projects. I have a bunch of them. Just in case anyone is

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