Creating a Fairy Garden

Let’s talk mini gardens with tiny accessories to decorate with.  They’re cute.  They’re easily moved.  They’re mesmerizing to look at.  They’re fairy gardens!  Designed as a tiny space to tend to all year long and to lure fairies to bringing good luck to your home.  I have two daughters, so fairies and the color pink have pretty much been a part of my life for a long time, until recently.  My girls are teens now and both of those things have been replaced with ipods, tablets and ‘anything NOT the color pink’ for clothing or decorating…haha…but I still love the girly stuff and although it is disappearing from my house, I decided to keep a little enchantment all for myself in the form of a fairy garden.

One of the first things to consider is where it will go and in what container it will be in.  Since using live plants, it’s best to be placed in a sunnier spot in a container with a drain hole for proper irrigation.  Wouldn’t want my fairies living in a swamp!  I have a perfect spot in my living room right next to my club chair and glass french doors.  It will get plenty of sunlight as I sit curled up in my chair reading.  You can use anything as a container that matches your vision and decor style—a suitcase, a glass fish bowl or terrarium, a wooden crate or even a wheelbarrow if you have the room.  There are also pre-made kits available as well that already have everything included if you don’t really want to do a lot of the creative selection yourself.  Fill the bottom of the container with a thin layer of small rocks or pebbles to collect the water drainage.  Then add a layer of potting soil deep enough for the plants to root to, about 3 inches deep.  Once the container is prepared, the fun part begins!

Moving on to plant selection.  You want to have mini plants that will stay small for your garden.  After all, fairies are tiny, right?  They need to feel comfortable in their magical environment.  Choose miniature plants you can prune and easily train.  Ferns make for great trees.  Lipstick plants for bushes. Baby tears make a nice ground cover and ivy is a great climber.  Miniature roses and violets add bright color to the scene.  I think the bolder in colors and more varieties of plants together make for a more interesting presentation.

Some favorite flowers of fairies are…

  • Begonias
  • Marigolds
  • Verbena
  • Sunflower
  • Honeysuckle
  • Summer Lilac
  • Daisies
  • Cosmos
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Purple Cone flower
  • French Lavender
  • Heliotrope

           

Choosing a theme is the next logical step because now is when you will buy your decorative items to add into your fairy garden.  Do you want a castle look?  An English garden look?  A house for gnomes?  A woodland creatures hideaway?  Once you decide on the look you’re going for, purchasing the decorative accessories is next.  There are so many items to choose from.  Fairy figurines, castles, gnomes, animals, bridges, walkways,  furniture, etc…This can be overwhelming since everything looks so cute and would look awesome, but unless you are making your fairy garden the size of a football field to hold all these little treasures, being selective is key.  That’s why the container and plant setup is good to do first because now you can see the spots you have open to fill.

   

If you are crafty, make a few items yourself.  Maybe a fairy bed made out of an Altoids tin.  Weave a few twigs together and make a teepee or a basket for rock “eggs”.  How about using shells as water features?  The possibilities are endless and you are only limited by your own creativity.  I love putting personal items in my fairy garden.  Things that I either made or have a special meaning to me.  No one else would know what they mean, but each time I looked at it, I’d know and smile.

I hope you were able to get some good ideas, tips and inspirations from this article.  Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.  I love hearing from readers!  It’s nice to know that people are actually reading what I’m writing.  haha  Also, if you have a fairy garden, send me a picture.  I’d love to see what you have put together to keep the fairies enchanted in your gardens.  Thanks again for stopping by!

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About elderberrygirls (13 Articles)
...life, love, decorating & all things pretty! Mom. DIYer. Blogger. Follow my lifestyle blog at elderberrygirls.com!

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