Fairy gardening is a relatively new trend that began a few years ago, and is quickly becoming very popular. For those who have never heard of Fairy Gardening, the idea is to “invite a little magic into your life.” Using small plants, miniature items, moss, and stones, avid fairy gardeners create miniature scenes designed to convince nearby fairies to come and stay and, hopefully, bring good luck with them.
One of the best things about fairy gardening is that the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Many fairy gardens feature a woodland theme, with mosses, rocks, pathways, and small plants. If you can dream it up, you can turn it into a fairy garden. Think about what items could become the basis of your fairy garden – maybe it’s a unique pot you don’t use anymore, or an interesting rock that has the potential to become a small mountain. Perhaps you want to create a beach theme, or a desert landscape for your fairies to live in. Fairy gardening can be whatever you want it to be, but there are some general guidelines that are always helpful to keep in mind:
- When you’re choosing plants for your fairy garden, keep their growing needs in mind. Plants like Cacti & Succulents need to dry out very well between waterings, and would not be well suited to a fairy garden with small ferns in it, since ferns need moist soil. Make sure to check tags & labels for moisture and light requirements so that your plants will all be happy together.
- It’s also important to keep in mind the speed your plants grow. Plants that grow quickly or get too big, too fast, will outgrow your fairy garden in a short time and make things look out of proportion. Try to select plants that either grow slower, or can be trimmed to keep them in check.
- Make sure whatever container you’re going to be planting in has drainage to prevent water from building up in the bottom of the pot and rotting the roots. If your container doesn’t have drainage holes, either drill some yourself or be very cautious when watering your fairy garden.
Once you have your garden planted, the real fun can begin – decorating. Use dried moss, sand, and stones to cover the soil and create different surfaces, and then place miniature items to create a home for your fairies. Water your garden, and you’re done!
Need inspiration to get your fairy garden started? We can help! We have thousands of miniatures that are ideal for fairy gardens – from houses, arbours, and benches, to lots of fairies and gnomes. There’s plenty to choose from. Browse through our selection and see what catches your eye!