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Fairy Garden Plants And Ideas

I find fairy gardens enchanting and work the fairy figures and petite plants into my miniature landscaping. Join me, it's lots of fun.

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Are You Planting A Fairy Garden This Spring?

Designing the ideal Fairy Garden requires a little thought and some careful planning. After all, these are fairies we're talking about and they're such delightful little creatures you want to make sure you make them feel right at home when they move into your garden.

But when you start looking through your gardening catalogs they don't even mention fairies. It's like you and I are the only ones who know they really exist!

Trying to find out what kind of flowers fairies prefer and how you can make them feel comfortable is like trying to find out what Gnomes like to eat for breakfast. The information just isn't readily available and people look at you like you're nuts when you ask.

Being a lover of all things magical and mysterious, especially fairies and gnomes, I've put together a list of resources to help you design your own fairy garden.

Here you'll find the flowers and plants that fairies adore, the furniture they need to make them comfortable, and even information on other creatures who might be living in your garden, like gnomes and magical toads.

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How I Got Interested in Fairy Gardening

Several years ago I caught the photography bug and started taking photos of flowers. From there, I got interested in photographing the plush mosses that grew in the woods in New Hampshire.

Looking closely at the moss when I enlarged my macro photos, I discovered a whole new landscape. It looked just right for fairies.

For example, look at this moss with the delicate fairy cups rising above it. It must be time for a fairy party!

(photo by Virginia Allain)

How Is a Fairy Garden Different from a Miniature Garden?

My Top Five Picks For Flowers In Your Fairy Garden - Just click this link to see these

Every garden has fairies hiding in among the flowers. Maybe you haven't seen them but they're out there, lounging on soft pallets of moss or resting in the shade of your geraniums. This page offers my Top 5 Picks for Flowers for your Fairy Garden, including tips to help you with your design.

Read this page to find out what fairies really look like and how to see them.

  • Fairy Gardens: Flowers To Attract Fairies
    Every garden has fairies hiding in among the flowers. Maybe you haven't seen them but they're out there, lounging on soft pallets of moss or resting in the shade under your geraniums. You may only have two or three fairies or you may have dozens...

Fairy Gardens: Flowers To Attract Fairies

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My Top 5 Picks For Groundcovers For Your Fairy Garden - Click this link to see my choices

This groundcover is a little too tall for use in a fairy garden.

This groundcover is a little too tall for use in a fairy garden.

My Top 5 Picks For Moss For Your Fairy Garden - Click the link to see the recommended mosses.

Two kinds of moss in my garden. The gray kind is called Pixie Cups.

Two kinds of moss in my garden. The gray kind is called Pixie Cups.

Why You Will Want Moss in Your Garden

Plant Moss In Your Fairy Garden
Moss is an important foundation plant for your fairy garden yet most people don't pay it much attention. To most people, moss is just something that grows on the north side of trees, or coats the slimy edges of ponds and ditches. Most people, when they find moss growing on their property, consider it a nuisance and get rid of it.

What fairy wants to spend time mowing the lawns? Moss is A PERFECT TURF - no mowing, very soft, stays green all year (provided it's watered) and just right for little gnomes and elfs to have wrestling matches on.

Plant Moss In Your Fairy Garden

The Irish Moss Growing in My Garden

This is freshly planted and hasn't spread much yet.

This is freshly planted and hasn't spread much yet.

Have You Seen Fairies in Your Garden?

My Top 5 Picks For Herbs For Your Fairy Garden - Check out the link to the recommended herbs.

Best Herbs For Fairy Gardens
Fairy gardens are miniature works of floral art that delight both you and your guests, the fairies. And, while having lots of colorful flowers in your miniature garden is a given, you also want to include plants that provide contrast and structure.

Make Your Fairies Comfortable With Fairy Furniture

My fairy has no furniture, so she has to lounge on this old tree stump.

My fairy has no furniture, so she has to lounge on this old tree stump.

Fairy Mini Garden Furniture For Container Gardens
The thing about having fairies in your garden is, you never know how big they're going to be. Fairies range in size from just a couple of inches tall all the way up to the size of a full grown man.

Read more to find out how to make all the fairies in your garden more comfortable.

Fairy Mini Garden Furniture For Container Gardens

Use Your Imaginination - Turn Discards into Fairy Furniture

This is the wire frame from a champagne cork. With some rearranging, you can turn it into a tiny chair like one you see in an ice cream shop.

This is the wire frame from a champagne cork. With some rearranging, you can turn it into a tiny chair like one you see in an ice cream shop.

Create An Enchanting Garden Fairies Village

Build A Whole Village For Your Fairies

Create An Enchanting Garden Fairies Village
Just like every garden has at least one Garden Gnome, all gardens also have quite a few Garden Fairies. It's difficult to meet your Garden Gnomes because they're only about 5 inches tall and it's easy for them to find places to hide.

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More about Fairy Gardens and Gnome Homes

  • Unique Containers for Fairy Gardens
    People create fairy gardens in their yard or in containers to enjoy on their porch or inside. Some are quite creative in the choice of containers. Need some ideas? Here are some.
  • Make a Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot
    Everyone loves the tiny plantings and accessories in a fairy garden. The latest trend involves building that miniature landscape in a broken pot. Here are examples and tips for this.
  • Tree Stump Gnome Home
    Wondering what to do with that tree stump in your yard? Turn it into an eye-catching gnome home with just a few additions. It's a unique way to convert it from eyesore to a fun part of the yard.
  • Make a Halloween Fairy Garden
    Grown-ups and kids have great fun making fairy gardens. Change your miniature garden scene to fit Halloween with these tips.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

Are you ready to get started on your Fairy Garden now?

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 14, 2015:

fairy garden plants and statues are pretty, makes the whole garden looks like a fairyland

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on February 23, 2015:

Virginia, my niece is into fairy gardens (I bought her two books on creating them one Christmas). I'm going to have to send her the link to this wonderful article. They really can be enchanting!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 20, 2014:

How very enchanting! So many fun ideas and suggestions. I really love the little fairy garden mini furniture.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 07, 2014:

@hjmalms97: I like the dish gardens for fairies too with tiny plants to have inside.

hjmalms97 on January 07, 2014:

These are so cute and really brings out a person's imagination! My daughter loved hers that she had a couple years ago. Makes me want to create an outdoor fairy garden now.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 11, 2013:

I have the perfect spot for a fairy garden in my yard. How cute. I'm sure my grandchildren will be mesmerized by it.

laurenrich on March 15, 2013:

This is a lovely lens. The fairy gardens are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

djroll on February 26, 2013:

Loved this lens. It made me smile and start dreaming of spring.

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on February 26, 2013:

What a fun garden idea! My sister always liked fairies. I bet she would love this!

MissKeenReviewer on February 26, 2013:

Why not? This is a cute and whimsical garden idea..I was a fairy several times before (on school plays) and I loved to be one. Great lens.

hntrssthmpsn on December 19, 2012:

The little fairy villages are just too cute. When I was little, my mother told me (very matter-of-factly) that the tops of acorns were brownie hats. A (rather large) part of me still believes this.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 22, 2012:

@ProsperityFairy: Thanks for visiting. Aren't fairies fun!

ProsperityFairy on November 22, 2012:

If there was a plant for me... I wonder which one it would be? Lovely lens... I will share it on my FB page at http://www.facebook.com/www.prosperityfairy

makemoneyonline5 on November 06, 2012:

Love your lens this is so beautiful!! well done :)

WhiteOak50 on June 12, 2012:

Fantastic page, I will be featuring it on my Fairy pages!

gardendesignsan on April 29, 2012:

my garden has meny fairys and my doughter plays with them all the time

Brandi from Maryland on April 26, 2012:

I just love fairy gardens...wonderful ideas!

Marc from Edinburgh on April 21, 2012:

Very cute ideas :)

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on April 20, 2012:

Enchanting! I see all kinds of sweet accents any Fariy Garden would be proud to claim. :)

Winter52 LM on April 20, 2012:

Love it... I want so much to have a fairy garden this year. I think that I will start small and work my way up. Thanks for so many ideas!!

anonymous on April 20, 2012:

What a delightful reason to do a lensography....a little something of everything for the Fairy Garden!

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on April 20, 2012:

Interesting idea for a Garden lenography. I was hoping to see a 'how to' section on making a fairy garden.

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