Seasonal Fairy Gardens

Autumn Fairy Garden

This garden is all decked out for fall with colorful wreaths, a ghost pillow and even a black cat!

Many people enjoy decorating their houses for the holidays. These seasonal decorations can also carry over to our fairy gardens. Depending on your taste, the decorating can be subtle or over-the-top! You can make a few changes to your garden for the season or use the season as an excuse to create a new garden (as if we need any excuses! Once you have been bit by the mini garden bug, you are hooked!) Here are a couple of examples of fall/Halloween gardens.

This first garden is an example of decorating for the fall season. The pillow on the chair has been changed, a couple of fall wreaths have been added to the arbor as well as a couple of pumpkins.

Spooky Fairy Garden

This garden is all set for Halloween!

This next garden is one designed for Halloween. The straw bundles are raffia cut into smaller lengths and tied together. The skeleton is from a garland that I bought at the dollar store. I gently bent the arms and legs to get him to sit. If you want to carry this theme even further, add in some small dead branches as dead trees.

No matter how you decide to decorate, the important thing is to enjoy yourself. Be creative and have fun.

Fairy Garden Basics

shabby chic fairy garden

Do you believe in fairies?

Some fairies are believed to be friendly and give luck and prosperity to humans who treat them respectfully. Invite these magical beings to visit your garden by creating a new sanctuary for them.

A fairy garden is a miniature garden that is said to be attractive to fairies. The plants used in the garden all stay small and resemble larger plants such as shrubs. Adding miniature furniture and accessories adds to the large garden feel, as well as being appealing to fairies and giving your garden a personal touch. You can choose to add a fairy figure or just leave the garden as is, for the real fairies to find. Use the following tips to create your own fairy garden.

1. Select a container. The best ones have a large open surface area for adding lots of plants and accessories.

2. Choose your accessories. Create a scene within your garden by choosing from a variety of furniture and structures including fairy houses and furniture. Structures, such as arbors and paths, help to define the garden space. The accessories you add will give your garden a personal touch.

3. Select your plants. Different plants can be used for different purposes, the important thing is that they stay small and won’t quickly outgrow the garden space. Remember to select plants that have the same water and light requirements. Some examples are:


Northwoods 1

Groundcovers (Lawn)
Scotch or Irish Moss
Creeping Thyme
Baby Tears
Cushion Pink
Corsican Mint

Lemon Cypress Cone
Euonymus variegatus

Hens & Chicks varieties
Blue Mouse Ears Hosta
Polka Dot plant
Zebra plant

Variegated Dwarf Myrtle
Gold leaf sedum
Sedum “Fairy pink”
Dwarf Myrtle
Mexican Heather
Boxwood Honeysuckle
Angel Vine
Cigar Plant

4. Use a good quality potting mix.

5. Lay out your garden before you plant. Decide where you want paths, where you plan to place furniture and features, what direction the garden will be viewed from. Experiment with different arrangements until you find one you prefer.

6. Be sure to maintain your fairy garden as you would a larger one. Water when the soil has dried out, taking care not to over-water. Use pruners to trim plants so they don’t become too large. (Any plant that does out grow its environment should be removed). Pluck out any weeds that appear as well as remove any dead leaves or plants. Proper fertilization will help keep your garden looking lush and healthy.

Remember to be creative and have fun! The possibilities are unlimited and the gardens are enchanting.

Fairy Garden Inspiration

plants for inspiration
Last weekend, I held a couple of workshops for making your own fairy and miniature gardens. After the workshops, I was combining the plants into one flat and it occurred to me that there was a really neat mix of plants. It got me to wondering what I could put together as demo gardens. So, here are the results! I hope they inspire you to be creative.

Fairy Garden Inspiration 1
For this garden, the fairies have lots of places to sit, rest and visit.

Fairy Garden Inspiration 3

This garden includes some accessories for the birds who enjoy coming to see the fairies while they visit with one another and maybe enjoy a cup of tea. Bunny rabbits also love fairy gardens so don’t be surprised if you find one finding under a plant!

fairy garden inspiration 2

This swing is a great spot for a fairy to relax.

Fairies like to play

After working in the garden, fairies love to play!
Be sure to give them a space where they can enjoy their activities.

Miniature Garden plant chart