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Plant Moss In Your Fairy Garden

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

A fairy or maybe it's an elf, anyway this little character looks quite happy with its mossy garden.

A fairy or maybe it's an elf, anyway this little character looks quite happy with its mossy garden.

Lay Down A Carpet Of 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.

But moss does play an important role. First and foremost, it acts as a protective groundcover in your fairy garden, helping the ground retain moisture longer to keep your flowers from wilting in the heat. This is especially important when you're planting your miniature gardens in containers because container plants require more water than those planted in the garden.

A lot of the miniature flowers used in fairy gardens are fragile and can't take the heat. They, too, benefit when moss is used to help retain moisture.

It's the woodsy appearance of moss, though, that makes it so popular in fairy gardens. When we see moss we think of the woods and nature - and that's where fairies feel most comfortable. So using moss to make your miniature garden more attractive to fairies only makes sense.


Gold Tip Fern Spike Moss - for a fairy garden

This Is a Club Moss Growing in My Garden

This particular one is called Wolf Moss and it grows in a spreading manner. The parts sticking up are the blooms of this plant.

This particular one is called Wolf Moss and it grows in a spreading manner. The parts sticking up are the blooms of this plant.

Use Moss To Sculpt Your Fairy Garden

If you really want to make your fairy garden look like a miniature, magical habitat, you can use moss to create a picturesque landscape.

Moss doesn't require much in the way of good soil conditions. In fact, it needs moisture more than it needs soil.

Irish Moss

My Irish Moss in Bloom

Irish moss is dainty and has the tiniest flowers. Don't let it dry out and be sure it is in a semi-shady place. Too much sun just won't work for it.

Irish moss is dainty and has the tiniest flowers. Don't let it dry out and be sure it is in a semi-shady place. Too much sun just won't work for it.

This is a wildflower called Bluets. When I saw it, I thought of Irish moss. I haven't tried transplanting it to my miniature garden but may get brave and move a little bit this summer to see how it takes.

This is a wildflower called Bluets. When I saw it, I thought of Irish moss. I haven't tried transplanting it to my miniature garden but may get brave and move a little bit this summer to see how it takes.

Cover Even Stones or Bricks with Moss

So you can use stones or old bricks to build up rolling hills and valleys and add texture to your miniature landscape. Then just cover everything with moss for the appearance of a lush, green landscape.

Some types of moss have tiny, delicate flowers, too, which make them the ideal choice if you want to have a meadow for your fairy unicorns to play in.

Use different varieties of moss to accent your different flowers and plants and add more visual interest to your garden. Although, with all those fairies lounging around, your garden's already going to be pretty exciting!

Moss has preferences on where it will grow. Some prefer soil, some like wood, and some like stone. If you collect the moss on your property, place it in your miniature garden in the same environment where you found it.

Here's How Moss Looks That Grows on Stone

I didn't have to "plant" this moss. The area was shady and had enough moisture that the moss grew on its own.

I didn't have to "plant" this moss. The area was shady and had enough moisture that the moss grew on its own.

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More Mosses for the Fairy Garden - Choose Your Favorite or Get Some of Each

These are delightfully plush and green if you place them in a shady spot and mist them now and then. Just right for any pixies or fairies to lounge around on in the garden or in your container miniature-landscape.

Terrarium Moss Kit - to start your mossy fairy garden

A Varied Moss Collection in My Garden

Later, I might move these mosses to new locations but for now, I'm letting them adjust in this shady spot and keeping them misted.

Later, I might move these mosses to new locations but for now, I'm letting them adjust in this shady spot and keeping them misted.

Fairy Gardeners Share Their Tips on Growing Moss

  • Robin - "Sheet moss grows naturally in moist shade. You need to replicate that where you want your moss to grow. If you are putting it in a sunny area you need to mist it several times a day. It is more like an air plant drawing its nutrients out of the water instead of air. They both have shallow root systems. It does not like extreme heat. It grows good in the sun the further north you to but moisture is the biggest key for growing mosses. Here's a site that I found that answers the myths about moss. http://www.mossandstonegardens.com/.../the-truth-about.../"
  • Lena - " I've been collecting my own from the woods behind my house near a natural spring, and I make sure I keep some of the sandy dirt and spray it with a squirting bottle."
  • Gillian - "It's hit or miss with the real moss I use. I try to take as much soil as I can when I collect it..some thrive some go brown. But keeping it very wet is a good idea."
  • Brenda - "I always cover any dirt area with mulch, moss, or gravel to keep your fairy items clean. When it rains, the dirt will splatter on your little fairy house or accessories if you don't have the dirt covered. Another little tip, glue a small nail or golf tee to the bottom of your fairies and decorations and stick them in the dirt they won't tip over."
  • Wanda - "Sometimes when you collect your own moss from around your yard or woods, you end up with surprise plants too. One of those is a shamrock-like plant with little yellow flowers. Oxalis, I think, but it's so cute that I leave it in the miniature garden anyway."

Living Moss - Great For Bonsai, Terrariums - and fairy gardens

Get Ideas for Using Moss in the Fairy Garden - YouTube Video

Golden Carpet Sedum for the Fairy Garden

Get Kids Excited About Gardening With a Miniature Garden

Fairy Gardens are popular with all ages. Introduce a child to gardening in a fun way with a tiny garden just right for fairies. They will get hours of entertainment adding to their own mini-garden.

This article gives you ideas for getting your children started: Fairy Gardening for Creative Kids

Make a Container Garden for the Fairies

Here I used a discarded set of plastic lamp shades. After adding dirt, I put moss and a fern in to form the garden.

Here I used a discarded set of plastic lamp shades. After adding dirt, I put moss and a fern in to form the garden.

Get More Ideas for Plants and Accessories for Your Fairy Garden

Check out this website for more ideas: Fairy Garden Plants And Ideas
One of the hottest gardening trends now is miniature gardens known as fairy gardens. Fun for adults and for children, these use small plants, mosses and tiny scenes created with houses, paths and more.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

Is your Fairy Garden outdoors or in a container?

ashleydpenn on September 23, 2013:

Sedum is a great idea! I love mosses. In Finland we have some beautiful Arctic mosses. I might also throw camomile into the mix. Any 'baby's tears/mind your own business'.

mina009 on March 09, 2013:

Loved searching for moss during my long walks in the forest as a kid. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on July 22, 2012:

It sure would be fun to receive a box of moss in the mail for a fairy garden...its just not complete without it!

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on May 27, 2012:

My fairy garden is on my apartment patio :)

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on April 27, 2012:

I have a lot of moss in my garden - two different types - it looks so pretty.

Terrie_Schultz on April 23, 2012:

I just love moss! I hope to have a fairy garden someday.

anonymous on April 20, 2012:

I love moss and no true Fairy Garden would be complete without it!

John Dyhouse from UK on April 20, 2012:

I seem to grow moss naturally in my pots and lawns, in fact I can't get rid of it so I just accept it. I am glad to see it can have some benefit in the pots. I also grow a few bosai which I have had from seedlings, it (the moss) makes the plant/container look much better. Pity about the lawns tho', LOL