Creating an outdoor fairy garden can add an unexpected element to an otherwise traditional landscape. They are especially appealing when you come upon them unexpectedly in someone’s yard. Last year we started an outdoor fairy garden in a shady flower bed. The weather is finally cooperating enough to do some fairy spring cleaning and add in some new elements for our fairies to enjoy.
Here are some tips to start your own miniature fairy garden delight:
You must start with the “bones” of your fairy garden, also known as the not-so-interesting bits. First, I recommend finding a shady location for the fairy garden as many of the miniature plants do best in partial shade. After claiming your spot, you may need to augment the soil with new garden soil + fertilizer. Then, you should set up a perimeter to offset your fairy garden from other elements. This could be landscape edging, individual stones or a small fence. In ours, we used landscape edging made to look like stone to separate it from the larger plants surrounding it.
You may want to draw out or at least have a rough idea of what elements you would like to include. Do you want it to look more rustic like you just stumbled upon these fairies in a forest? Or, are your fairies busy gardening and having tea parties? Either way it is best to know roughly how many plants you want vs. fairy garden statuary.
Choose your garden plants. We have had good luck with these tiny Fairy Flowers I found at a gardening center called Blue Star Creeper and John Creech Stonecrop. We will be adding some additional elements this year such as: Creeping Thyme and Angel Vine. We tried some Polka Dot Plants but they didn’t make it through our winter. Keep in mind that a lot of these “creepers” will do just that. They will creep all over so you don’t need too many plants to begin with. We planted some near our stone edging so that eventually they would start to climb on it and create a green “wall” to contrast with the stone.
Roughly lay out any stone/wooden paths, rivers or bridges that you have chosen before planting. Plant around these elements. Once you have your plants in the ground and have set up your bridges and paths the real fun begins.
Pick your fairies and bring on the decorating. There are many great places to choose these elements from. You can order them from places like My Fairy Gardens or some gardening centers and crafting stores like Hobby Lobby have begun carrying entire lines of fairy supplies. The first thing I bought was another stone bridge. I found it at the Festival of Spring and just couldn’t walk away from it. Other elements we are adding this year are a Hobbit –type door, a bird bath and river using blue marble accents. There are also excellent tutorials online on creating your own elements. Some elements I want to try (maybe in the bleak mid-winter) building are a fairy house and creating a fairy wall from the tile sheets you get at home improvement stores. For more in-depth info on building a container fairy garden check out this Ultimate Fairy Garden Guide from Everything Backyard.
Do you have any fairy garden tips or tricks? Post them in the comments section below.