One thing that has caught my eye time and again on Pinterest is the Fairy Gardens. While not something I had ever thought of before, I think they are adorable and know my kids would really enjoy them too.
What is a fairy garden?
Creating a whimsical and fun fairy garden is kind of awesome whether you are 13 or 30. Tales from our childhood about fairies is what led many people to start growing their very own fairy gardens. These are gardens that are miniature in their plants and accessories but can be quite large in size. Fairy gardens can be created in containers or that can cover an entire backyard garden. Here are some of the fairy garden essentials you need to grow your own fairy land.
What is needed?
The most common plants in fairy gardens start out with the groundcover and plant covers for the fairy houses. These are typically mosses and include peat moss, reindeer moss for a silvery look, Spanish moss, and mood moss which is excellent for a grassy-type look. Flowers that look amazing in fairy gardens are going to be those that either grow compact or are shorter varieties of their bigger cousins like button mums instead of regular chrysanthemums. Whooly thyme is also a great addition to a miniature garden as it spreads fast, is fragrant, and even edible! For a sweet smelly compact flower, you can’t go wrong with planting Sweet Alyssum which comes in white or purple. Primrose comes in every color under the rainbow and is perfect for your fairy garden. Miniature roses look amazing in fairy land and next to your accessories like a miniature garden arch, will look like tall bloomers just like what you have in your regular garden.
What about accessories?
The accessories available for Fairy Gardens know no bounds. You can create water features and have ponds with a miniature bridge going over a stream. There are even small little pots, trowels, and other gardening type accessories to build a small veggie garden in your fairy garden! You can buy bricks and paths to go throughout your garden and have a picnic table set up underneath a fairy tree for afternoon tea. The fairy houses on the market are adorable and there are no shortages of the many different types of fairies that you can buy to accent your fairy garden.
The main thing to remember when growing a fairy garden is to let your imagination run free. If you can dream it, you can easily build it in fairy land and attract a few fairies while you are at it!