Flowering Fairy Gardens

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    Make Your Own Fairy Garden

    Fairy Garden Village
    Akio Tsuji/EyeEm/Getty Images

    Whether you call them fairies, wee people, elves, or gnomes, it’s fun to design fairy gardens to attract these enchanted beings to the landscape. You may not know how your fairy garden will turn out when you start to design it, but if you’re a gardener, you know that no respectable fairy would inhabit a land without flowers.

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    Fairy Garden on Wheels

    Fairy Garden Wagon
    The Fairy Garden Is the Place to Explore Unusual Containers. Anna Day Mona

    If you’re designing a fairy garden with children in mind, you can’t go wrong using such a child-friendly container to hold your fairy garden plants. This garden designer took what might otherwise be a utilitarian wagon and embellished it with ribbons and stencils to match the flowers, which include dianthus. Another small flower that would match this color scheme is blue ageratum.

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    A Feminine Fairy Garden

    Pink Fairy Garden
    Pink Is a Perennial Favorite With Little Girls and Big Girls Alike. Photo © Gulley Greenhouse, www.gulleygreenhouse.com

    The pink blossoms of Kalanchoe are easy to maintain in full sun fairy gardens (morning sun is best). Although the blossoms look delicate, the foliage is succulent, so the plants can go longer without a drink. If you aren’t tickled pink by this fairy garden, then you can shop for Kalanchoe plants that produce orange, purple, red, or yellow flowers.

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    The Illusion of Vines

    Fairy Garden Arch
    Add an Arch or Gazebo Train Your "Vines". Anna Day Mona

    Any true flowering vine would quickly overcome such a dainty arch, so how can a fairy gardener appoint her garden structures? For arches and gazebos, plant a trailing plant like million bells or sweet alyssum (on the left in this photo) at the base of the structure. Train the plant over the structure, attaching it with some twine or wire. You will need to trim this modified topiary frequently to keep it in check.

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    Fairy Garden Tea Party

    Fairy Garden Tea Party
    Waiting for Wee Guests to Arrive. Heather Fogg

    Unless you live in a tropical zone, it’s unlikely that your fairy garden will be in bloom all the time. Keep the garden interesting by setting the stage for a tiny tea party. Visit The Spruce to get other ideas for fairy garden accessories you can make or buy.

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    Easy Fairy Garden

    Fairy Garden Accessories
    You Can Make a Fairy Garden in One Afternoon. Jamie McIntosh

    If you aren’t sure where or whether to devote a special space in your flower garden to fairies all the time, then don’t: You can set up a temporary fairy garden in five minutes by placing the contents of a fairy garden kit in a part of your garden that has low-growing, blooming plants. If you don’t find a complete kit, then buy or make the two essential accessories: a fairy, and a fairy dwelling.

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    Elves Among Us

    Fairy Garden Gnomes
    Do You Know Your Fairy Garden Gnomenclature?. Shelly Allred, www.blueridgelady.blogspot.com

    You might consider elves and gnomes to be the masculine counterparts to fairies. If you want your fairy garden to appeal to the little boys in your life, choose a rugged flowering ground cover that will rebound from their eager foot traffic. Low growing flowers that tolerate some foot traffic include:

    • Blue Star Creeper
    • Creeping Lobelia
    • Blue Moneywort
    • Creeping Cinquefoil
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    Fairy Gardens Contained

    Container Fairy Garden
    Container Gardens Are Ideal Fairy Garden Habitats. Anna Day Mona

    If you’re using a small container for your fairy garden, you must choose your flowers carefully to avoid plants that will overstep their bounds. This is a case where you want to pick plants that not only produce small flowers, but also have a dwarf growth habit. Examples include Irish moss, which produces white flowers, and Mount Atlas daisy, with fern-like foliage and tiny daisy blooms.

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    Miniature Flowers for Fairies

    Fairy Garden Plants
    Many Flower Varieties Have Miniature Counterparts. Gulley Greenhouse, www.gulleygreenhouse.com

    When you grow miniature and dwarf varieties of your favorite flowers, provide them with the proper care to ensure that you’ll be enjoying your fairy garden for more than one season. Plants like this white flowering miniature cyclamen need scant fertilization and strict insect control to regulate growth.

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    A Matter of Scale

    Fairy Garden Trees
    Flowering Kale Stands in for Trees. Dan Vojir

    Playing with scale is one of the fun elements of fairy garden creation. Diminutive objects seem enormous through a fairy’s eyes, so you can create a forest with a few 12-inch tall specimens. Consider using flowering topiaries to make these fairy “trees.” Lavender and fuchsia plants are easy to train into a standard.

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    Take the Fairy Garden to New Heights

    Fairy House Tree Stump
    A Fairy Garden Must be Seen to be Enjoyed. Jillian Krickovich

    Fairies must find a fairy garden to populate it, and they won’t find a miniature garden among towering clumps of perennials. If your taste in garden flowers isn’t fairy-friendly, you can still have a fairy garden by elevating the accessories. Use a stump, a wheelbarrow, or an antique chair to give your fairy garden a boost.