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Planting A Fairy Garden

Updated on July 23, 2014
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Raye gardens organically, harvests rainwater, strives to eat locally, and honors the gods from her home in the Pacific Northwest.

Faeries Welcome!

One of the things to keep in mind when creating a fairy garden is that you are creating a total environment. Variety is important. You want plants that provide fragrance, that offer food sources such as fruits and berries, and you want a wide range of blossoms across as many seasons as is possible for your climate. You also want some sort of water source or water feature, both to balance the elements and to provide water for birds and other creatures.

The garden should be as organic as you can make it so that the space is as healthy as possible for plants, animals and humans. Critters and insects are a natural and important part of gardens, even if their actions sometimes seem to run counter to the gardener’s efforts. A woman I heard lecture on fairy gardens at Westercon 56 said that messiness is important to provide private spaces for faery folk in your garden. She said you can even put little houses or boxes in your yard as fairy homes. Be sure not to add too many, as you don’t want it to be too crowded. How you garden can also affect what sort of a fairies you attract. Formal gardens with manicured paths and beds will attract more formal and noble fey folk than slightly-overgrown patches and funky step-stones.

Grape hyacinth and bleeding hearts are two plants from my own garden that faeries like.
Grape hyacinth and bleeding hearts are two plants from my own garden that faeries like. | Source
A mix of colors is pleasing to both humans and faeries!
A mix of colors is pleasing to both humans and faeries! | Source

Make an Indoor Fairy Garden

Sowing the Seeds

All faeries love thick growths of flowering plants. Flowers that have bell-shaped blossoms are often ones associated with faeries. Bluebells, foxglove, snapdragons, roses, holly and ivy are all plants favored by fairies. Planting beds of herbs can also suit fairies. Lavender is a good choice, as it has a lovely fragrance and flowers purple. Mallow has a tendency to attract birds and butterflies. Often flowering vines and plants that trail can be grown well in pots.

Various insects are viewed as totems in various cultures, and you might wish to plant to attract bugs or butterflies that are significant in your spiritual practice. Mexican beliefs see monarch butterflies as the souls of the dead. Celtic spirituality assigns the same significance to white moths. The Aztecs saw the hummingbird as souls of warriors. Ladybugs, praying mantids, spiders, dragonflies, ants and bees are all part of healthy garden systems.

Wild fairies seen when I was at a summer solstice gathering...
Wild fairies seen when I was at a summer solstice gathering... | Source

Fairy Circles

Having trees, fruiting or greenery, are also an important part of a faery garden. Driads, also spelled dryads, are spirits believed to reside in trees. To encourage wilder fairy folk to come live in your garden you will want to plant some willows. Fairy circles is the name traditionally given to plantings of trees, natural or gardened, that form a circle. Many Wiccans and Pagans view these tree circles as potent spaces of fairy energy. Oaks, cedars and pines are popular choices when gardeners are purposely planting to form a fairy circle. Try to never carry iron, especially iron knives, into spaces that are inhabited with faery folk. Some fairies are negatively effected by iron and many people have reported suddenly losing iron blades in the vicinity of fairy tree circles.

I made a clay fairy house and added some fairies that followed me home from the thrift store.
I made a clay fairy house and added some fairies that followed me home from the thrift store. | Source

Planting with the Garden Fairy


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  • lj gonya profile image

    lj gonya 5 years ago

    Love miniatures and love flowers and gardening. What a great combination!

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    flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

    I enjoyed your hub and you made the darling little fairy house!!

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    workwithnature 6 years ago from Ireland

    That was entertaining, Thanks for the interesting hub. I for one really have seen a fairy, hear in Ireland. Or something of that description :)

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    Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

    Sweet hub Relache, your own garden photo (grape hyacinth and bleeding heart) is lovely. Regards, s lane

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    islandnurse 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    I have always provided my children with their own little gardens, and my daughter created a fairy one on her own, complete with a little fairy door purchased at a craft sale... Great hub!

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    Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

    Thank you for the advise, I hope one day to have a fairy garden myself. This is a very useful and lovely Hub.

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    Kim Lynn 7 years ago

    Enjoyed hub. Thanks!

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    Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Beautifully descriptive. Loved the winged Fairy statue.

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    CrazyGata 7 years ago from Puerto Rico

    This did more than tickle my brain and imagination... No wonder I keep trying to sow something out of my patio (not yet garden) FAIRIES!

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    Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    I have been growing my garden. Thanks to your hub, I now have more great ideas. Thanks.


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    John Yeoman 7 years ago from Story writing land in the centre of England

    A brilliantly clever and enchanting idea! As an heirloom plant developer, I've often wanted to start a goblin garden - full of weirdly long beans and beaky tomatoes. But who would dare enter it?

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    GALAXY 59 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Some very wonderful ideas here, a great hub. I am going to set aside a part of my garden and start creating my own little fairy patch.

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    Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

    Very nice. I was considering writing a hub on growing a Fairy Garden, but you have done a great job here.

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    gabriella05 10 years ago from Oldham

    Great hub I have 2 angel in my garden they represent the 2 baby that I lost I named them Salvatore and Emanuele