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Fairy Garden Plants And Ideas

Updated on June 4, 2015
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I find fairy gardens enchanting and work the fairy figures and petite plants into my miniature landscaping. Join me, it's lots of fun.

Are You Planting A Fairy Garden This Spring?

Designing the ideal Fairy Garden requires a little thought and some careful planning. After all, these are fairies we're talking about and they're such delightful little creatures you want to make sure you make them feel right at home when they move into your garden.

But when you start looking through your gardening catalogs they don't even mention fairies. It's like you and I are the only ones who know they really exist!

Trying to find out what kind of flowers fairies prefer and how you can make them feel comfortable is like trying to find out what Gnomes like to eat for breakfast. The information just isn't readily available and people look at you like you're nuts when you ask.

Being a lover of all things magical and mysterious, especially fairies and gnomes, I've put together a list of resources to help you design your own fairy garden.

Here you'll find the flowers and plants that fairies adore, the furniture they need to make them comfortable, and even information on other creatures who might be living in your garden, like gnomes and magical toads.

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How I Got Interested in Fairy Gardening

Several years ago I caught the photography bug and started taking photos of flowers. From there, I got interested in photographing the plush mosses that grew in the woods in New Hampshire.

Looking closely at the moss when I enlarged my macro photos, I discovered a whole new landscape. It looked just right for fairies.

For example, look at this moss with the delicate fairy cups rising above it. It must be time for a fairy party!

(photo by Virginia Allain)

How Is a Fairy Garden Different from a Miniature Garden?

My Top Five Picks For Flowers In Your Fairy Garden - Just click this link to see these

Every garden has fairies hiding in among the flowers. Maybe you haven't seen them but they're out there, lounging on soft pallets of moss or resting in the shade of your geraniums. This page offers my Top 5 Picks for Flowers for your Fairy Garden, including tips to help you with your design.

Read this page to find out what fairies really look like and how to see them.

Fairy Gardens: Flowers To Attract Fairies


THE ROSE FAIRY POST CARDS by flower_fairies

My Top 5 Picks For Groundcovers For Your Fairy Garden - Click this link to see my choices

This groundcover is a little too tall for use in a fairy garden.
This groundcover is a little too tall for use in a fairy garden. | Source

My Top 5 Picks For Moss For Your Fairy Garden - Click the link to see the recommended mosses.

Two kinds of moss in my garden. The gray kind is called Pixie Cups.
Two kinds of moss in my garden. The gray kind is called Pixie Cups. | Source

Why You Will Want Moss in Your Garden

Plant Moss In Your Fairy Garden
Moss is an important foundation plant for your fairy garden yet most people don't pay it much attention. To most people, moss is just something that grows on the north side of trees, or coats the slimy edges of ponds and ditches. Most people, when they find moss growing on their property, consider it a nuisance and get rid of it.

What fairy wants to spend time mowing the lawns? Moss is A PERFECT TURF - no mowing, very soft, stays green all year (provided it's watered) and just right for little gnomes and elfs to have wrestling matches on.

Plant Moss In Your Fairy Garden

Outsidepride Irish Moss - 5000 Seeds
Outsidepride Irish Moss - 5000 Seeds

Irish Moss

I love this Irish Moss and it's also one of my Top 5 Picks for Fairy Gardens.

Most gardeners use moss in their Fairy Gardens to help with moisture retention, just like a good groundcover.

But one of the benefits of moss is that it can grow almost anywhere. It requires no special soil or nutrients. In fact, it often prefers poor or rocky soil.

Use stones or bricks to create a fairyland landscape and then simply plant moss to cover everything up with a lush carpet of greenery.


The Irish Moss Growing in My Garden

This is freshly planted and hasn't spread much yet.
This is freshly planted and hasn't spread much yet. | Source

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My Top 5 Picks For Herbs For Your Fairy Garden - Check out the link to the recommended herbs.

Best Herbs For Fairy Gardens
Fairy gardens are miniature works of floral art that delight both you and your guests, the fairies. And, while having lots of colorful flowers in your miniature garden is a given, you also want to include plants that provide contrast and structure.

Make Your Fairies Comfortable With Fairy Furniture

My fairy has no furniture, so she has to lounge on this old tree stump.
My fairy has no furniture, so she has to lounge on this old tree stump. | Source

Fairy Mini Garden Furniture For Container Gardens
The thing about having fairies in your garden is, you never know how big they're going to be. Fairies range in size from just a couple of inches tall all the way up to the size of a full grown man.

Read more to find out how to make all the fairies in your garden more comfortable.

Fairy Mini Garden Furniture For Container Gardens

Fairy Mini Garden Furniture - White
Fairy Mini Garden Furniture - White

We often picture fairies sitting on fluffy pillows of moss or dandelion fluff, using little acorn caps for tabletops and the bells from the Lily of the Valley for teacups.

But, occasionally, Fairies like to sit on a nice comfortable chair and have their tea like the true ladies and gentlemen they really are.

If you don't have any Fairy Furniture in your garden, they're going to be upset!


Use Your Imaginination - Turn Discards into Fairy Furniture

This is the wire frame from a champagne cork. With some rearranging, you can turn it into a tiny chair like one you see in an ice cream shop.
This is the wire frame from a champagne cork. With some rearranging, you can turn it into a tiny chair like one you see in an ice cream shop. | Source

Create An Enchanting Garden Fairies Village

Fairy Village Special - 5 Fairy Houses Fairy Set
Fairy Village Special - 5 Fairy Houses Fairy Set

Garden Fairies Village

If your garden seems to be simply overrun with Fairies then maybe it's time to build them an entire village.

This wonderful village includes 5 complete Fairy Houses, each on a different theme: Acorn, Nest, Stump, Pinecone and Mushroom. And each house is detailed on all sides.

You can also pick up additional pieces to extend your set including a Mushroom house and some Fairy figurines. Although, with all the fairies you have scampering around your garden, you probably won't need any extra mouths to feed.


Build A Whole Village For Your Fairies

Create An Enchanting Garden Fairies Village
Just like every garden has at least one Garden Gnome, all gardens also have quite a few Garden Fairies. It's difficult to meet your Garden Gnomes because they're only about 5 inches tall and it's easy for them to find places to hide.

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© 2012 Virginia Allain

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      fairy garden plants and statues are pretty, makes the whole garden looks like a fairyland

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Virginia, my niece is into fairy gardens (I bought her two books on creating them one Christmas). I'm going to have to send her the link to this wonderful article. They really can be enchanting!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      How very enchanting! So many fun ideas and suggestions. I really love the little fairy garden mini furniture.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @hjmalms97: I like the dish gardens for fairies too with tiny plants to have inside.

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      hjmalms97 4 years ago

      These are so cute and really brings out a person's imagination! My daughter loved hers that she had a couple years ago. Makes me want to create an outdoor fairy garden now.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I have the perfect spot for a fairy garden in my yard. How cute. I'm sure my grandchildren will be mesmerized by it.

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      This is a lovely lens. The fairy gardens are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      djroll 5 years ago

      Loved this lens. It made me smile and start dreaming of spring.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      What a fun garden idea! My sister always liked fairies. I bet she would love this!

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      MissKeenReviewer 5 years ago

      Why not? This is a cute and whimsical garden idea..I was a fairy several times before (on school plays) and I loved to be one. Great lens.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      The little fairy villages are just too cute. When I was little, my mother told me (very matter-of-factly) that the tops of acorns were brownie hats. A (rather large) part of me still believes this.

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      ProsperityFairy 5 years ago

      If there was a plant for me... I wonder which one it would be? Lovely lens... I will share it on my FB page at

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      makemoneyonline5 5 years ago

      Love your lens this is so beautiful!! well done :)

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      Fantastic page, I will be featuring it on my Fairy pages!

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      gardendesignsan 5 years ago

      my garden has meny fairys and my doughter plays with them all the time

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I just love fairy gardens...wonderful ideas!

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      Marc 6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Very cute ideas :)

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Enchanting! I see all kinds of sweet accents any Fariy Garden would be proud to claim. :)

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      Winter52 LM 6 years ago

      Love it... I want so much to have a fairy garden this year. I think that I will start small and work my way up. Thanks for so many ideas!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a delightful reason to do a lensography....a little something of everything for the Fairy Garden!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Interesting idea for a Garden lenography. I was hoping to see a 'how to' section on making a fairy garden.