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.