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Fairy Gardens: Flowers To Attract Fairies

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

Obviously roses are loved by this sweet fairy.

Obviously roses are loved by this sweet fairy.

What Should You Plant In Your Fairy Garden?

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 but rest assured, you do have garden fairies.

Once you realize you have fairies in your garden it becomes easier to see the evidence - an upturned acorn cap filled with fresh dew drops for bathing, a teeny tiny shelter that at first glance just looks like a pile of leaves and twigs.

There are signs in every garden but to recognize them you first have to believe.

Now that you've seen the signs and you know you, too, have garden fairies, you're probably wondering what you can do to make your garden even more inviting and attract even more fairies.

The graphic, a vintage fairy illustration, is reproduced on a Zazzle postcard and can be ordered from that site: THE ROSE FAIRY POST CARDS by flower_fairies

Designing Your Miniature Fairy Garden

Fairies love lots of colorful flowers so feel free to mix up your varieties. But if you also want to attract bees and hummingbirds be sure to plants some bright purple and red flowers, especially those with a lot of fragrance.

The benefit of planting smaller flowers, or miniatures, is that you can easily create beautiful fairy gardens in containers if you don't have access to outdoor garden space. Remember to water your container gardens more frequently as they dry out faster than your outdoor garden.

Groundcovers Grow Low - Just the Right Scale for Little Creatures

This thick groundcover looks great and makes a fun place for fairies to play hide and seek. They can just duck down under some of the foliage to hide.

This thick groundcover looks great and makes a fun place for fairies to play hide and seek. They can just duck down under some of the foliage to hide.

Groundcovers and Non-Flowering Plants

Don't forget to include some of the soft, comfy groundcovers for fairy gardens as part of your miniature landscape and tuck in a Hosta or two to provide a shady hiding place for your fairies to take an afternoon nap.

The flowers listed here will do well in average soil and average sunlight but it also helps to be familiar with your own climate and growing conditions.

One word of caution: If you have pets who tend to dig up your plants, avoid planting Lily of the Valley because it's poisonous for dogs.

Look for Flowers in Many Colors to Attract the Fairies

Lily Of The Valley

The lilies of the valley in my shade garden hang down like little lanterns. Sure to delight the fairy folk.

The lilies of the valley in my shade garden hang down like little lanterns. Sure to delight the fairy folk.

Trumpet Vine Plant

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Postcard available from Zazzle: Vintage Flower Fairies Postcard by SimpleElegance.

Just imagine the wee people skipping about the garden at night while you are sleeping. They blow on the flower trumpets but the sound is one that only they can hear. Try it yourself some time, but sadly you won't hear the amazing sounds that fairies get from flower trumpets like these.

Who Is Your Fairy Garden For?

Thanks for Visiting - The Fairy in My Garden Says "Farewell"

Here's a little fairy statue that I keep in my garden. Hopefully it encourages the fey people to come around and play.

Here's a little fairy statue that I keep in my garden. Hopefully it encourages the fey people to come around and play.

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© 2012 Virginia Allain

What flowers grow in your fairy garden?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 14, 2019:

Denise McGill, the Irish ancestry pretty much guarantees that we are fairy believers.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 14, 2019:

Oh Virginia, I so love this. I live in an apartment but I'd love to believe that I've got at least one lone fairy in my little ivy plant on my balcony. I wonder if Lily of the Valley will grow in a pot on my balcony. Still, as an artist, I love painting and creating fairy pictures. I have a whole HubPage on my Fine Art Composites using photos of my grandchildren to create fairy photos. It must be the Irish in my ancestry. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,

Denise

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 29, 2013:

@RoSelou: Thank you for those ideas!

RoSelou on June 29, 2013:

Trumpet shaped flower is good for fairies. Fairies loved any flowers as long as it is not dangerous. I recommend oncidium orchid too since it has unique shape.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 16, 2013:

Trumpet vine climb all over the south, they climb up trees and telephone poles, they seem to grow wild. That is why we have so many different types of hummingbird hanging around.

GardenIdeasHub LM on November 26, 2012:

I like the English Primrose it's lovely. Also, thanks for your advice about lily of the valley I think it will really help me.

anonymous on May 27, 2012:

Also, I love your caution about not planting lily of the valley because of it being poisonous to dogs and then it may be even harmful to the fairies that we are inviting over!

anonymous on May 27, 2012:

Sadly, I don't have a fairy garden right now but I am hoping for some to move up on my balcony and yes, we simply must plant the flowers that will make them the most comfortable so they feel right at home!

anonymous on April 21, 2012:

love the cranesbill. very pretty. amazed

anonymous on April 21, 2012:

Your photos are beautiful. I particularly like the English Rose. All the best.

anonymous on April 21, 2012:

Lily of the valley! It's everywhere! Plus we have trilliums. Lovely lens!

Joan Haines on April 21, 2012:

No wonder I've been low on fairy visits lately. I must plant some primroses.

poutine on April 21, 2012:

i have trumpet vine.

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