Fairy garden photos on Pinterest have me obsessed, but intimidated. Lilly saw them over my shoulder. “Mom, I want to make one!” Of course you do. I went into mild panic-mode when I thought about making one. The gorgeous ones on Pinterest are so elaborate, and of course, those are the ones I covet. “Oh my goodness, this will be so perfect and mini and adorable and mossy and woodsy and whimsical!” After I thought about it, I got a little stressed out. Which is ridiculous, we’re talking about a teeny tiny garden, that isn’t even mine.
What plants do I get? Let me find that pin real fast.
What container do I use? Where are those broken tea cups!?
Do I make a teeny tiny swing from a recycled bottle cap, dental floss, and twigs?! Woah, let’s not get too crazy now.
I’m a decent gardener, this should be easy. But no, I had instant stress over what plants to pick out, what house to go for, the perfect enchanting container. Have you ever looked around on Pinterest an just found yourself staring at total perfection, wondering how you were going to make exactly that because you loved it so much? That was me. We went to the garden center, and we were talking about what she wanted the fairy garden to look like, and she said, “Maybe some moss for grass, and lots of flowers, like big tall ones that can look like trees. And a walkway, I want it to have a walkway so they can get to their house.” She didn’t care what plants it had. So why did I?
And that, my friends, was the end of the stress. She wandered around choosing plants for full sun, and things that get different heights (to create some interest, rather than having the fairies living in an abandoned home with no curb appeal). With those general guidelines, she picked out some English Ivy, Scottish Moss, Rosemary, Snapdragon, Violets, that big fluffy white flower in the back which I cannot for the life of me remember, and some Marigolds.
We also went to pick out a house and fairy, and ended up with the castle, fairy, a gnome, mushroom, and a surf wagon too. I’m not even kidding, they had a surf wagon. I looked around for a cute container pot, but I ultimately decided to repurpose the strawberry bucket, since we’re transplanting them into some hanging rain gutters soon. The bucket is giant, so I thought it’d have a lot of room for this new gaggle of garden accessories.
What you need for a stress free fairy garden
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Make a Plan
You need to decide based on the container you pick, where this homestead is going. If it’s a small enough container you can move around, you can choose a mix of sun/shade plants. If your container is going to be stationary, you’ll want to choose plants based on that location and their full height/width. We have full sun, so I chose things that do well in dry, hot, sunny conditions.
Grading and Landscaping
She put the flowers all around where she wanted them, and the accessories to see where they’d fit – the only piece I was really purposefully planning around, was the house. Once you have the general idea where you want things to go, start planting your flowers, moss, shrubs, tiny trees, making sure to give the roots a little bit of love if they’re root bound by loosening them up. Tuck them in, and work your way around the container.
Move In Day
It’s time to move in, so gather your fairy belongings and tuck them in. Lilly nestled the castle back in the white flowers, which will get bushy and fluffy. Marigolds get enormous, but I plan on just pruning them back a bit as they grow. Snapdragons get tall and the greens are pretty, with flowers at the tops of the stalks, and the other things we’ve planted stay low to the ground, or will trail over the sides. She wanted to have a meandering walkway with the pebbles, so the taller things we kept toward the back and edges, and lower fluffier things like the Scottish Moss, Creeping Phlox, and Violas, stay along the sides and on the ‘lawn’ area of their house.
When you’re all done, you can use some plant food like Miracle-Gro granules in a watering can, to give them a good start and keep them healthy, and make sure to water regularly!
This was such an adorable project, and I must say, now that we’ve done one, I want to have some smaller containers on our deck with a swing, windmill, and chairs in them, and maybe another few animals hanging out! I can’t wait to show you how this grows as the season progresses, it’s going to be so adorable! The kids love it, and they like moving the fairies around the homestead, so this project was perfect!!
Have you made a fairy garden? If so, you need to come over to my FB page, and show it off and inspire other people – I’d love to see it!! If you like this one, please pin your hearts out!