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Tending A Fairy Garden

Updated on June 18, 2014

"Garden fairies come at dawn, Bless the flowers then they're gone." - author unknown

A fairy garden can be as small and simple as one flower pot, or as full and fancy as your whole backyard... Come learn about the magic of fairy gardens, including favorite fairy plants and flowers and what to avoid if you don't want to chase the fairies away! Building a theme garden is something which you can do slowly over time, and it lends a fun and enjoyable atmosphere to the outdoor setting. If you like to sit in your garden, just looking around and relaxing in the space, you'll love having a fairy garden!

Shown here is a clay fairy house I made in a ceramics workshop along with one of my yard faeries.

Sweetpeas in my garden
Sweetpeas in my garden

Fairies Love Flowers!

colorful flowers, interesting leaves, good smells

If there's one thing that gardeners agree on, it's that fairies love flowers. You'll want to plant a variety so that you have a range of color that blooms from spring until the fall (or year-round if you are in a warm enough climate). Keeping the yard by natural methods, having some fruit trees or bushes, some sort of water feature and little nooks and crannies are all elements associated with having a healthy fairy garden.

Flowers which resemble bells have long been associated with fairies. Fairy lore holds that they are used to make parts of their clothing (hats and skirts), they become cradles for fairy babies, little boats or even whole houses for the tiniest Fey Folk. So, if you wish to encourage fairies in your garden, you'll want some belled flowers.

But what to plant? Whatever you do, make sure there's a variety and you don't have to be suck a stickler for having the grass perfectly manicured or every single week pulled. Fairies tend to like gardens that have a touch of unkemptness about them.

Fairies can be fond of...

  • Honeysuckle

  • Foxglove

  • Clematis

  • Tulips

  • Bellflower

  • Swallowtail

  • Native wildflowers

  • Berry bushes and vines

  • Roses

  • Moss

  • Clover

  • Buttercups

  • Anything that bees, butterflies or hummingbirds like

Backyard Fairy Gardens - how to make your garden more attractive to fairies

Some people incorporate the idea of fairy gardening into their backyard gardens. Having something that incorporates natural design and methods as well as a lot of flowers is the basic idea. From there you get to decide just what and where you'd like your garden to have fairy features.

See a Fairy Garden-in-Progress

Avoid Iron In Your Garden

In the majority of fairylore, the substance of iron is considered insulting, harmful or injurious to most fairies. Some tales specify "cold iron" and some do not. You will want to avoid using this metal for fencing, accents or accessories in your garden if you are working to encourage the Fey Folk to live there.

Welcome to Faerie Mesa! - My restructured fairy garden

Fairy garden photo by Relache
Fairy garden photo by Relache

In June 2014, about two years after I first got serious about having a fairy garden, I decided it was time for a makeover. I had a few reasons for that. The biggest is that overall that section of the garden has just changed with time and a bit of freshening up was in order. The move would allow later summer bulbs more room, along with some spreading ground cover. The stepped edge of my moss garden is the perfect spot as it's big enough to hold the ceramic house I made.

The plants along the edge of the light well got replanted a while back and that greenery has filled out and stabilized, so I know it won't overrun my knick-knacks. The move should also get the figurines out of the way of the summer-roving raccoons who will spend the later season foraging for snails everywhere.

Miniature Fairy Gardens - tabletop or container gardening for fairies

For the urban gardener, it's often best to create a fairy garden that doesn't require a large space. These can be fun accents on the deck or inside the home and are great fun to build with children.

Do you have Fairies in your Garden?

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      Rae Schwarz 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @GrammieOlivia: Thanks, grammieo! I have seen a few city backyards at were nightmares of paving that might be fairy-free, but then again we may just not know enough about the urban species...

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      GrammieOlivia 

      4 years ago

      Of course, is there a garden without at least one? What a perfectly lovely lens! Thanks I've shared it over on the Weekend Gardeners FB page.

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      jholland 

      6 years ago

      What a great idea! I look forward to doing this with my daughter.

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      iWriteaLot 

      6 years ago

      I've been trying to think of something to plant under and old weeping willow. A fairy garden sounds like just the thing.

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      aquarian_insight 

      6 years ago

      I have a friend who definitely has fairies in her garden! Lovely lens.

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      Cindy 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Well I'm not sure but now I definitely want a fairy garden too! How fun and sharing:)

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      CTsHeart 

      6 years ago

      I just love your lens! God bless!

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      MelonyVaughan 

      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful and adorable idea! Love it!

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      grannysage 

      6 years ago

      We used to live in a house in California with a large yard. We had a ritual area under several oleander trees where the fairies loved to play. In fact, when I was taking pictures for our E-Bay products, they snapped a few pictures of their own, saying....see here we are!

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      andrea-terry 

      6 years ago

      yes I have fairies in my garden regually they make little toadstool paths where they have been. I must make them a house so they need not travel so far to my garden, which has herbs, wildflowers, roses, daisies and many bulbs. Loved your lens thank you

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      What a cute idea! I never knew anything about this! I definitely want to attract fairies.

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      abloom lm 

      6 years ago

      I have 2 friends that have fairy gardens. I am so glad I came across your lense.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Sweet.

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      lilymom24 

      6 years ago

      We don't have fairies in our gardens yet but hopefully will be making some cute little houses for garden decorations this year. I'm sure the fairies will come visit us then. =)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @mihgasper: YES

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      gamrslist 

      6 years ago

      this was fun thanks

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      dahlia369 

      6 years ago

      I make sure fairies always have plenty of blooms to visit and flowers to bless around my yard - year round... :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I've never seen one - but who knows ;)

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      intermarks 

      6 years ago

      I never have Fairies in my garden, but I am going to have a few after reading your this lens. I think they are just so beautiful.

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      Wedding Mom 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I think that your garden is lovely and all the tips here are great! Thanks!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      The fairies here may be afraid of the coyotes. I'll have to provide better protection for them as an encouragement to come and stay. Sure would be magical to have them move in.

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      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Don't have garden yet, but already have some little fairies;-)

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      We had just one long time ago. I like them and this lens is a good informational source.

      Thanks

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      GypsyLyric LM 

      7 years ago

      I don't yet, but I think I may have to work towards having this on my back deck for next summer. How pleasant that would be.

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      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      I hope I do

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I don't know. But it is supposed to be good luck to have fairies in your garden. Thanks for the tips and links.

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      jcairney 

      8 years ago

      I'll have to show this to my sister, she has got a garden full of fairies. She'll love it. Nice lens.

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      windowbox 

      9 years ago

      Great Lens.. abt gardening but people who do not have such space at there home can move to container gardening by using containers like Flower Window Boxes, Window Box Planter, Window Box

      Planter and all of these will bring enormous beauty for your house…

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Jenny,

      Thanks for the TickleMe Plant post...it is now my Fairies favorite plant. They use this herb to make different potions....did you know it sleeps at night by closing its leaves and lowering its branches too

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      jpetals 

      9 years ago

      What a wonderful and original lens. I had no clue about the iron fact and will make sure to not add any to my garden. Great lens. =)

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Another great addition to a fairy garden is to grow a TickleMe Plant from seeds and then watch the plant MOVE when Tickled! As a first grade teacher I no longer plant Lima beans, as the growing of this interactive plant, proved to be much more exciting and educational for my student's.

      I found my supplies for a classroom kit at www.ticklemeplant.com but they also sell individual greenhouses and even party favors, with everything you need to grow your own TickleMe Plant from seeds. I assure you your kids will be more excited about gardening, and its just fun to watch the expressions of the faces of children (and even adults) when they see the plant close its leaves and droop when tickled,

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      Stinky LM 

      10 years ago

      What Fun! I love your faery garden!

      We all need a magical place. Thanks for your interesting and enjoyable lens!

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      HeartMagic 

      10 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! We are soon moving to very sacred land where the Fairies already live. Thanks for the wonderful ideas in terms of decorative and supportive resources in support of both respecting and enhancing the garden that we shall soon share.

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      Lee Hansen 

      10 years ago from Vermont

      I'm quite certain there are fairies in my garden - why else would there be so many butterflies, praying mantis, fireflies and lovely fat toads? 5*s!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      Love fairies and fairy gardens. Thanks for the tips on what flowers will attract fairies! ;-)

      5*, faved and lensrolled to my fairy lens.

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      hale02 

      10 years ago

      Cute lens! I will definately have to build a fsiry garden with my girls!! 5** and lensrolled to my Ladybug Land!!

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      Echo Phoenix 

      10 years ago

      the fairies:) the garden must be full of things that attract the fairies, your garden will then be certain to be full of fairies... and then the ~magic begins!

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      June Campbell 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I love your fairy garden lens. And spirituality, a fairy garden is obviously one to which you have invited fairies to visit, live and dance.

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      SPF 

      10 years ago

      Nice lens! Welcome to Backyard Habitat group!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Gorgeous page! I tend to prefer Angels, but this is an awesome array of Fairies. Welcome to the Flowers, Flowers, and more Flowers group!

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      What a really nice lens this is. I loved the video! We have a garden tour each year in our town and I've seen a couple of fairy gardens on tour. They're wonderful and I think I'll incorporate one into one of our gardens this year.

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      religions7 

      10 years ago

      So what makes a garden a fairy garden?

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A Bavarian fairy cooked up some star dust for you - here *****

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      KadabaCo 

      10 years ago

      This lens is cool! We're always building fairy houses, especially when we go hiking in the forest. In the summer we live near Yosemite where I've noticed many others building fairy homes too. Neato! 5*'s

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