No matter what age you are, a fairy garden can be a truly enjoyable and enchanting project. For adults, fairy gardens can act as a source of inspiration for our creative sides and can be a calming space that allows us to escape for awhile into another world. Once you set up your fairy garden you can leave it alone and allow it to simply exist as a beautiful piece of living decor, or you can continue to add to it and allow your fairy world to grow along with your plants.
For children, fairy gardens can be so much more than just a fun activity to put together. Yes, kids have a total blast picking out the plants, fairies, and accessories, then setting it all up, but they also learn a lot from this type of project. They learn about plant biology and what is required to help them grow. They learn about the responsibility of caring for something and ensuring it has what it needs to survive. They also can play within their fairy garden environment as a sensory activity or as a way to stimulate their creative sides.
Choosing a Pot
Many people create fairy gardens in their backyards or on a patio but you can create these magical gardens indoors as well. You simply need to choose a container for your fairy garden that provides a large enough space for the fairy world you intend to build. You also must ensure that it’s something that will not leak excess water onto your floor after you’ve watered your plants. Large metal buckets or half wine barrels make excellent containers to create a large fairy garden in, but if they have drainage holes make sure you have some kind of planter tray underneath to collect that excess water.
You don’t need a massive container to create an awesome fairy garden. You can use regular flower pots, and if you want a bigger garden, just use multiple pots. This can actually create quite a gorgeous effect, especially if you set up tiny bridges between the pots to connect the smaller fairy gardens together. You can also purchase special fairy garden planters that feature some of the magical fairy world already built into the design.
Which Plants to Use
You can use pretty much any plant you want for your fairy garden, but small plants usually look best as they create a complimentary scale to the citizens of your fairy population. Plants that look like miniature trees, such as any type of bonsai tree, make the perfect centerpiece to your garden.
You can also add some color to your garden with flowers or plants with coloured leaves, like the polka dot plant or purple passion plant. Succulents can also be found in many colors and are often quite small and generally very easy to care for. Try dragon’s blood, coppertone stonecrop, or any of the beautifully echeveria, such as the wine red or afterglow cultivars.
Herbs can create an excellent home for your fairy garden as well. Any kind of mint works beautifully because they can grow fairly large and tend to have broad, nice smelling leaves. Chives can provide a grassy type of atmosphere while thyme can grow into an almost tree-like type of plant. Moss is another excellent addition as it can create a lovely ground covering for your fairies to enjoy as their forest floor. Be sure to use real, living moss rather than fake moss as the fake moss can get musty and moldy in the damp atmosphere of your living garden.
Supplies You’ll Need
Aside from the pot and plants, you’ll need some potting soil for your fairy garden. You can purchase this online or grab some from any garden or home improvement store. Some plants have a preference of different soil types, but usually an all-purpose soil will be adequate for most plants. Just be sure you aren’t using the dirt or soils from your backyard as these can be contaminated with bacteria that may be harmful to your potted plants.
A set of mini gardening tools can also be very helpful when dealing with tiny plants and small gardening spaces. Not only are these tiny tools very useful, they’re also super adorable and fun to use, especially if you’re creating a fairy garden with kids. A small watering can may be beneficial as well, and possibly even some grow lights if your garden is in a low light area and you’re growing species of plants that thrive best in direct light.
Fairy Garden Accessories
Now the most exciting part, finding the fairies and accessories for your garden. There are so many different little doors, houses, table sets, and other accessories to choose from. You can shop online or check out the awesome displays certain gardening stores will have. For the garden’s population, fairies are the obvious choice but gnomes, wizards, and even tiny dragons could all take up residence within your garden.
Adding Some Extra Fairy Magic
You can add pretty much anything you want to your fairy garden to make it special and unique. Check the craft aisle at your local dollar store for super cheap finds. Any little stones, glass gems, wood slices, or wood chips can make a nice filler in the bare, open spaces. In a succulent garden you might want to add some sand to create an exotic, desert atmosphere. Add even more magic to your garden scene with tiny fairy lights. When illuminated at night, your fairy garden will take on a totally playful and whimsical feel.
For gardeners of any age, fairy gardens can be a delightful experience. It’s an excellent way to escape into another world, enjoy your plants in a new setting, and teach children about caring for plants. You might start out with just a tiny garden housing a single plant and one shy little fairy, then slowly add a plant or accessory here and there, and find later that you’ve grown your small garden into a full fairy city.