Creating a mini fairy garden in a fun container has become very popular. They are basically a new take on the old terrarium ideas of years gone by. What makes these extra special is all the miniature goodies that you get to place in the pot with the plants. Little things like benches, water features, houses, walking paths, stone, mini birdhouses, all things that are miniature and fairy like.
First you want to find the container. We have seen everything from a terracotta clay flower pot to picnic baskets, wheelbarrows, tea cups, boxes, suitcases, purses, colorful glazed garden bowls, metal cans, and pretty much anything you can think of. Next add soil and please use potting mix not dirt. Select your plants. Herbs, ferns, bonsai trees & bushes. Make sure it's miniature and you can keep it small.
Then add your fun and playful accessories. Seating areas, paths, fences, furniture, and tables. Use natural materials like reeds, rocks, raffia, twigs, bark. A small mirror makes a great reflecting pool. You get the idea.
Fairy Gardens should have a taste of whimsy.. This isn't the time for being realistic. Use seashells, marbles, buttons and bottle caps for stepping stones. Finish off with a few touches and that should do it.
Keep it clean, watered and replace items as necessary. These are perfect for a patio table or any garden area where you want a touch of playfulness.
Fairy gardens tickle the imagination. There's something about these under sized - but perfectly proportioned - gardens and their diminutive denizens that makes us feel a bit like Peter Pan. Suddenly, we do believe in fairies.
Fairy gardens are ideal for small space situations, first-time gardeners, and busy people. Though fairy gardens still need watering and tending, their size makes them faster to create and easier to maintain.
Almost any container can house these little creations. Small clay pots, glazed saucers, birdbaths, and window boxes. Its without drain holes work well also, but avoid over watering and cover or protect them in heavy rains.
Fill the chosen garden container with potting soil mix. Avoid garden soil because it doesn't drain well. Choose miniature plants such as mosses, babies tears, sedums, thymes and ivies. Prune the plants to maintain their small stature. The most interesting Fairy Gardens create a miniature scene that is completely in scale. Use small doll furniture and objects.
Place a completed garden where plants receive enough sunlight. All the soil to dry out before watering. Over watering will kill plants faster than under watering. When actively growing, fertilize plants every other week according to package directions.
Finally, relax and have fun. Fairies have a sense of humor. Don't be surprised if things seem to change the longer fairies inhabit your garden.
Ideas:Live near the sea? Find a seashell container and cover the potting soil with blue stone to look like water.
Not all magical beings are fairies. Use a mermaid and place amoung succulents to create a fish tank effect. Add a venus fly trap for fun.
A rustic woodland setting with mini step stones, garden fence and birdhouse is adorable and creative.
How about using a birdbath and create a world of fantasy by mounding the soil in the center.
Strive for unusual textures from plants such as rippled and variegated peperomias, friendship plants (pilea involucrate), pebbles and river rocks. It makes a charming village.