Fairy gardens are the ideal way to perk up small garden landscaping. They bring a sense of wonder and discovery to an otherwise ordinary patch of yard.
Several things must be considered to make sure your garden is varied, thriving and beautiful when using small spaces.
Some of the basics of landscaping are not only able to be implemented but are actually showcased with miniaturized garden spaces.
With all the things to consider, creating an engaging and healthy landscape is another way to describe the perfect location for a fairy garden! Whether you live in the city or the country, fairy gardens are perfect for small garden landscaping!
There Are More Opportunities
These days, the choice of many to do without the added cost of a full yard is more and more commonplace, balconies, sunny window sills, and open floor designs featuring large windows are becoming more commonplace worldwide.
There has been an increase in natural sunlight options in recent designs as well, creating the need to fill those open spaces with a design that brings the beauty of nature indoors.
Lately, I’ve been seeing an increase in the use of larger-scale plants in the larger scale areas I visit.
These perfectly bring in that sense of the outdoors while keeping the number of plants (and maintenance) to a minimum!
There are also multi-plant boxes or planters that give a corner of the room or entrance to the home the feel of a garden inside. One great thing about fairy gardens is that you don’t have to start them from scratch!
Simply adding accessories, and a low maintenance plant that’s symbiotic with the existing houseplant is effortless and maybe what breaks the ice at the next get together you host.
There are many opportunities in the suburbs with larger developments putting in multiple houses at once, or even multi-unit buildings. A fairy garden can bring that bit of difference to a monotonous curbside and can increase the appeal as well.
Planting In-ground is Not Required
Sometimes all you have is a small planter or patio to work with. These are nothing to fear for those with the vision and the desire to bring a bit of wonder into the entrance to their home.
Planters are often a “go-to” for fairy gardens because not only are they self-contained, but they are also able to be moved about at need and even brought in during the colder months!
There is a season for everything, but your fairy garden placed in a portable planter can bypass the total dormancy of many gardens. This is due to its ability to be moved into a climate-controlled environment.
While the work of preparing the ground for in-ground planting is avoided by doing a planter or box fairy garden, make sure the potting soil you use is good!
Using a local nursery or your local home improvement store to get a good potting soil that includes compost or some other type of plant food is recommended.
Adding plant food to your soil or to your water after a few months is beneficial, just look up which plants work in which soil, their feeding requirements, and growth rate so you get the right size pot and prune/thin out at the right time and the right amount.
Change is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing
A fairy garden that does not change is a fairy garden that is empty. You want your fairy friends to come to visit often! So the changing up of a fairy garden is not uncommon.
Some gardens are made for static fixtures. Often times your smaller scale garden can end up having growth that outstrips its available space. So make sure to keep them pruned back.
This provides an opportunity to mix things up and give your fairy a new setup to spark the imagination! Make sure if you are setting up a new fairy garden, that you consider future growth.
There are some smaller plants that can grow exceptionally fast and end up overrunning their containers, so make sure that you know what kind of plants you are putting into your fairy paradise!
For more information on which plants are right for you, check out our article that covers that very subject here. There’s an incredible amount of variety in the plant world. A bit of research can make a big difference and save a lot of time and money.
Small Spaces are Perfect for Kids
Fairy gardens are wonderful for introducing children to the wonders of nature. They can foster a life long connection to creation in all its forms. There isn’t much of a leap from playing in the back yard to setting sights among the stars.
Children love fairy gardens and fostering imagination cannot be overstated. Many children these days know about operating smartphones than planting seeds or pulling weeds.
Introduce your little one to the magic of nature! Your decision to put in a fairy garden for your small space landscaping area could benefit them for life.
Even on a Small Budget, or with a Small Space, Your Very Own Fairy Garden CAN Happen!
Often times small spaces and small budgets can end up feeling disheartening, but you’ll be amazed by the amount of design and detail you can achieve!
There are so many ways to go about making your fairy garden that knowing where to start can be difficult!
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