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What’s in Fairy Gardens Anyway?

Have you heard of fairy gardens? Are you wondering what they are and what’s in fairy gardens? In essence a Fairy garden is a miniature garden space complete with living plants (usually) and other fairy features. They are really fun to create and sooner or later you will surely lure some fairies to your garden space as well!

Fairy at NightEvery fairy garden is unique but each one usually has the following basic staples; Soil, plants, ground cover, and ornaments. It seems simple, however the combinations of these four components are limitless!

Once you have these basics your fairy garden is off to a great start! With this in mind you can always add more elegant details later. There are many fairy legends from all over the world. Fairies supposedly are good luck and are said to be drawn to spaces that have been lovingly arranged just for them.

SoilScoop with soil

When it comes to soil, keep it simple! Unless you want to use a particularly finicky plant like orchids or indoor azaleas, basic potting soil will do fine for most projects.

I prefer organic potting soil that does not have any harmful chemicals in it for several reasons including that I have small children.

Helping to set up the fairy garden can be a fun way to introduce children to plants and gardening in general! With this in mind, you can set up the garden project on a tabletop so you can both be on the same level.

This also means, however, that since this will potentially be a relatively easily accessible miniature garden, that the likelihood of a mouthful of fairy garden dirt being unexpectedly and quickly ingested might be higher. (We have not yet experienced anything of the like, but just in case.)

Whatever basic indoor potting soil you prefer to use will surely get the job done. You also want to consider drainage. If you water your garden too much, the roots can get water-logged and start to rot and die which is no fun.

Putting a small layer of rocks on the bottom of your planter or pot will help. Then the soil on top of that and you are good to go! Now your fairy garden is ready for some greenery!

Plants Potted plantl with sunglasses and headphones

Fairies love nature! You don’t need to have the best or most exotic plants in your fairy garden, just a growing, thriving space for a fairy to call home, or at least a regular vacation spot!

Which plants will you put in your very own fairy garden? The first thing I consider when selecting plants is the level of maintenance, then secondly the appearance.

If you want a easily maintained garden, but install a high maintenance plant, you will end up with a stagnant or dying garden. Plant selection is a thing one should put just a bit of forethought into.

(For the purposes of this article and ease of reference, I will be using the common names for plants.)

Low maintenance plants

Devil’s Ivy/Pothos (Probably the easiest of all!)

Potted devils ivy plant

Taller plants for a little dimension and height variety:

Vipers Bowstring Hemp

Vipers bowstring hemp plant

ZZ plant

Potted ZZ plant next to chair

For those that want to try a flowering fairy garden:

Begonias

Two ornately potted begonia plants windowsill

African Violets

African violet plant with purple bl;oom

Medium maintenance plants

(Keep these out of direct sunlight.)

Asparagus fern

Asparagus fern

Peperomia

Potted peperomia plant outside

(Let the soil dry out completely before watering again.)

Succulents

Arrangement of various succulent plants in garden

English Ivy

Potted english ivy plant indoors

Heartleaf Philodendron

Fairy Garden Idea heartleaf philodeneron plant

Flowering plants that have specific needs:

Christmas cactus

Christmas Cactus Plant

Desert Rose

Desrt Rose Plant

 

High maintenance plants

Appealing color from foliage:

Zebra plant

Zebra plant

Croton

Croton plant

Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew Plant

 

Full foliage plants, these can be a bit finicky:

Boston fern

Boston fern plant

China doll plant

China doll plant

 

Fairy hovering behind purple flower Whichever plants you choose to place in your fairy garden, the basic space, light, humidity/moisture and pruning requirements  must be remembered to ensure a well tended and flourishing oasis.

Ideally the plants that are taller will be in back, with low ground covering plants in front. If you have any ivy you want to place, try to put it near the edge to allow for it to drape over the side.

Ground Cover

Ground cover variety of smaller plants close togetherYou’ve got your foundation for healthy growth in your soil, and your plants in place… now what?

Ground cover! Fairy garden ground cover is a category that can be widely varied. You can have a rocky outcrop or a lush jungle!

You can use things like grass cut from sod or a well maintained lawn, a patch of moss or clover,or some larger ground cover plants like mini

Baby tears plant

stone crop or green baby tears to fill in the space.You could also use stones, pebbles, or sand.

You can use a variety! Using moss on two sides with sand or pebbles placed in between is the perfect way to create a fairy garden path!

Ornaments

Finding Ornaments

When it comes to furnishing your tiny magical Inspiration indoor fairy housecreature’s living space, don’t feel bound by any convention or particular idea… unless you’ve got something specific in mind of course.

You have the ability to be spontaneous and creative using things you go out and find in your very own backyard or park! You can order entire setups online that include everything you need, or just a particular figurine you have your eye on.

Outdoor fairy house made of plants in front of tree Items made from nature are sometimes harder to plan out, because you have to go with what you find/what’s available to you.

You do have the ability, in today’s online marketplace, to find others who might just have that crescent shaped rock you’ve been looking for to use as a cave for that fluorite carved bear figurine in your next fairy garden project.

Or you can just go out on a gathering adventure to your local creek and see what strikes your fancy.

Think tiny! For example someone looking to create a fairy garden project and looking around the yard might have the following realization.

“Those smaller acorn tops all over the ground sure do look like stepping stones. And those pine cones look like little brown trees that would contrast nicely against the green of that ivy!”

Items found around your home orFairy gardens ornaments buttons office can add a nice touch to the space and show off your creative fortitude in a forest of cubicles. Bottle caps, buttons, pencils, paper clips, earrings, candle holders, dishes, and the list goes on and on.

You can use just about anything if it’s small enough and you have a vision for it.

Buying Ornaments

Fairy garden figurine setSets and figurines are available in specialty stores, arts and craft suppliers, and- of course- online! If you want everything you’ll need for a particular theme in one go, there’s a plethora of options online.

Even if you are lookingfairy gardens figurine house for a general type of figurine or statuette, your resources online are seemingly endless.

Etsy, eBay and Amazon are the top three in the online retail fairy garden arena for many. There are many others out there that have exactly what you’re looking for.

Let your inspiration guide you!

The joy that comes from working with the earth. The satisfaction of the creative process. The contentment from doing something for someone else (a very tiny someone).

All of  this is brought together by the process of creating your own fairy garden. They are really cute and fun to make. Are you ready to create your own fairy garden paradise?

 

Fairy garden with fairy houseNow that you know what’s in fairy gardens, you now have everything you need to start planning out your own little escape for our winged friends, or maybe you will feel inspired and will go throw one together using what you’ve got right now!

Are you ready to create your fairy garden? Do you need some more ideas to get started? Check out our Top 10 Gardening Ideas for Fairy Gardens!

Either way I hope you have the best time, I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Please share your questions, comments, pictures and stories about your very own fairy garden!

Gratefully,

Randi

16 thoughts on “What’s in Fairy Gardens Anyway?

  1. Hi Randi

    What an interesting idea! All my creativity came to the fore. I was searching for some garden equipment when I came across this, your article and boy or boy, did I enjoy reading this? You bet!

    I have never heard of a fairy garden and I think it’s a woderul idea. I will create one with my daughter and I know she will love it.

    I like orchids but you just said they are finicky so there you go, I will have to drop them. Anyway the space is for fairies and not me. Lol! I can’t wait to start!

    I will share my picture when I’m done. Your information is clear. I will choose from the low maintance list, that way the little girl can enjoy looking after the garden.

    Thank you for this article – you just made my day!

    MidSumme

    1. MidSummer,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! My kids love to check the fairy garden to see what the mischievous fair folk have been up to and watering the garden is one of their favorite chores! Orchids can be a bit touchy, so maybe set them as a goal for a future “grown-ups” garden. lol
      I would love to see what you and your daughter come up with in creating your own unique fairy garden! I’ve found that my kids see things in a way I never would have thought of in accessorizing their local fairy hang-out.
      Thank you!
      -Randi-
      Your comment made my day! 😊

  2. Hi, Randi! What a beautiful post, I had never thought about that and was looking for plants to put on my balcony in Italy. After reading your magic ideas I will create a little fairy tale balcony. I just hope my cats agree and don’t eat the magic lol.
    Have you ever heard of anything to put off the animals from playing around with the beautiful decoration?
    Thank you so much for this inspirational article and the lovely creative images,
    Thanks in advance for your answer,
    Janie

    1. Janie,
      That is a WONDERFUL idea! Feel free to send a picture of your fairy tale balcony so we can enjoy it as well!
      I am actually working on an article right now that will address your pets and plant paradise coexisting peacefully! Cats are magical themselves so we just have to make sure they find peaceful respite from the fairy garden, instead of a playground to pillage! I am so glad you enjoyed the article and images!
      -Randi-

  3. Great read

    Although I have never heard of garden fairies this article has taught me that and also I think my mom would love reading this article since she is a garden fanatic who is always been creative in the garden.
    So I have to show her.

    1. I’m glad you were able to learn about the coveted garden fairy! I would love to see what your mom comes up with! Please send a picture so we can all share in her fanatical garden creativity together! lol
      Those of us who dabble with our green thumbs love to see what everyone else is doing too!
      Thank you!

  4. Randy – This was a super informative article about fairy gardens, thanks for sharing all your knowledge. I gravitated specifically toward the list of plants that are low maintenance as I do not seem to have the green thumb for keeping things alive.
    This is a really cool concept – I know my cousins in Ireland have fairy doors in their bedrooms to bring them fairies and luck and such things similar to this. I think a fairy garden could be an even more fun way to get the kids outside if they were already interested in the fairies.

    1. Molly,
      I feel like a lot of people get discouraged from gardening after a few failed attempts at keeping a houseplant or two alive. That makes me sad because a lot of times it’s not due to the person not being able to tend the plant, but because the type of plant has specific needs that they are not aware of. Not every one has the time nor inclination to do a bunch of research, but if they see a list of easily maintained plants, they are more likely to try one of the “beginner” plants to wet their toes with if you will. This success often leads to building confidence and that confidence can often cast a green tinge on thumbs once perceived as strictly brown.
      I would love to see those fairy doors! Shoot them a link to this article and ask them to comment and share a couple pictures!
      My kids love to check on the fairy garden with me! Not only do you have the option to make the watering the garden a fun activity, but you can even add to it, asking things like, “Do you think the fairy will like this new acorn top walkway?” (Pro tip: toothpicks make great fairy foot prints.) 😉
      Thank you so much and have a great day!

  5. This is an awesome idea. My mom & dad love gardening has they’re going to love this post too! Thanks for sharing this. I’m not a much of a gardener myself, but my parents enjoy it and I can see how they could benefit from your site. Thanks again!

  6. Wow! I’ll have to show my mother this article. She has a beautiful garden in the back of her home. I know she would love to know about fairy gardens. This will peak her interests. Thanks for this!!!

    1. Thank you, I appreciate that! I hope she enjoys the article and I’d love to hear from her. She is more than welcome to post pictures from her garden and share her experience so we can grow together as a community!

  7. Hey,

    This is an interesting post! I never actually had such imagination to create something like this, but when I landed on this page out of curiosity, I was surprised that it is all about learning and then doing! I always wanted to make my garden look alive kind of thing! With this idea to create a fairy garden which I will try! it is going to be an amazing thing to try!

    But, I am having a problem getting good soil. When I searched on Amazon, I found so many types with different components. So, I wanted to ask you what your suggestions are?

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the site! I recommend going to or contacting a local nursery to get more information on the specifics of what kind of soil would be best for you. If you are looking for soil that will nurture your garden that will be made up of mostly local plant life, talking to local growers and gardeners will for sure point you in the right direction. You also want to make sure that whatever kind of plants you will be using that are not local, have the right kind of soil as well. If you are wanting a specific plant, doing a little research on what kind of soil that plant needs will be the best course of action. Let me know if you have any more questions! Thank you!

  8. What a lovely idea! I haven’t considered using fairy ornaments in my garden before. My kids and I created our first vegetable garden last year but I can definitely see how much fun it would be to add a little magic to the setting. Maybe this would motivate them to help more with the hard work, lol!

    1. I am so glad you liked it! How is your vegetable garden looking this year? I think maybe hiding a couple of fairy elements in the garden, then having the kids come help and “find” them would be a really fun way to introduce the concept and get them excited about doing more work! 😄 Let me know how it goes, and please feel free to send in pictures of your garden too!

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