How to Make Your Own Fairy Garden

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Jillian Krickovich

Whether you call them fairies, wee people, elves, or gnomes, it’s fun to design fairy gardens to attract enchanted beings to your landscape. Although you may not know how your fairy garden will turn out when you start to design it, most gardeners would suggest using flowers to enhance the fairy atmosphere.

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    A Fairy Garden on Wheels

    Fairy garden wagon
    Anna Day Mona

    If you’re designing a fairy garden with children in mind, use a child-friendly container to hold your fairy garden plants. For example, take a simple utilitarian wagon and embellish it with ribbons and stencils to match the flowers. Consider DianthusBlue Ageratum, and other flowers to match your personal color scheme.

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    A Feminine Fairy Garden

    Blooming kalanchoe in a small pot
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    The pink blossoms of Kalanchoe are easy to maintain in full sun fairy gardens. Experience them in the morning sun for the best light.

    Although pink blossoms can look delicate, the foliage is succulent, allowing the plants to go longer without a drink. If you aren’t tickled by the pink color, you can look for plants in the same flower family that produce orange, purple, red, or yellow ones.

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    A Flowering Vine Fairy Garden

    Sweet alyssum blooming
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    Consider using a beautiful flowering vine that can create a dainty arch on your garden structures. For arches and gazebos, simply plant a trailing plant like ​Million Bells or Sweet Alyssum at the base of the structure. Then, train the plant over the structure and attach it with some twine or wire. To keep this look in check, you'll need to trim the modified topiary frequently.

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    A Tea Party Garden

    Fairy garden tea party
    Heather Fogg

    Unless you are creating a fairy garden in a tropical zone, it’s unlikely that it will be in bloom all year round. To keep your garden interesting, set the stage with a festive tea party. You can add miniature garden accessories like tiny garden gnomes, gazing balls, and mini garden arbors to complete the look. In addition to teacups, you can add pots and goblets made from acorns. A log table and chairs can be made from branches while a miniature birdbath can be created from putty or clay.

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    A Temporary Fairy Garden

    Fairy garden accessories
    Jamie McIntosh

    If you aren’t sure where to create your fairy garden, or whether to devote the full space in your flower garden to fairies, then you can set up a temporary fairy garden. In just five minutes, you can place the contents of a fairy garden kit in the part of your garden that has low-growing and blooming plants. If you choose not to use a kit, you can make rustic furniture fairy gardens with twigs along with essentials like a fairy and its home.

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    An Elf and Gnome Fairy Garden

    Fairy garden gnome
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    Throw a party for your fairies by including little elves and garden gnomes. To make your fairy garden last longer, choose a rugged flowering ground cover that will rebound from foot traffic. Examples of low growing flowers that tolerate some foot traffic include the:

    • Blue Star Creeper
    • Creeping Lobelia
    • Blue Moneywort
    • Creeping Cinquefoil
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    A Contained Fairy Garden

    Container fairy garden
    Anna Day Mona

    When you use a small container for your fairy garden, you have to choose flowers and plants that won't overstep their bounds. Make sure 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, which has fern-like foliage and tiny daisy blooms.

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    A Miniature Fairy Garden

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

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    A Flowering Topiary

    Fairy garden trees
    Dan Vojir

    Playing with scale is one of the most fun things you can do when building your own unique fairy garden. Diminutive objects seem enormous through a fairy’s eyes, so you can create a forest with several 12-inch tall specimens. Flowering topiaries, for example, can make fairy-like “trees." Lavender and fuchsia plants are also recommended as they are easy to train into a standard.

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    An Elevating Garden

    Fairy house tree stump
    Jillian Krickovich

    Fairies have to find a fairy garden to populate it, and they won’t find a miniature garden amongst a towering clump 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, wheelbarrow, or antique chair to give your fairy garden an enchanting look.