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Fairy Gardens: The Best Groundcovers To Attract Fairies

Updated on May 29, 2017
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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.

I like variagated ivy with a little white on the leaves for an accent.
I like variagated ivy with a little white on the leaves for an accent. | Source

Build A Foundation Of Soft, Comfy Groundcover For Your Fairy Garden

The foundation of any garden starts with a good groundcover but it's even more important for Fairy Gardens.

As the name implies, groundcover plants are typically low to the ground, making it easy for someone as small as a fairy to navigate the garden without getting lost behind too many tall plants.

They provide a thick, lush carpet that makes your garden more comfortable and inviting for the fairies.

And because they essentially 'cover the ground' you can use groundcover plants to cover any terrain - whether it's a hillside, a rocky slope, or even just the edges of your flower bed.

When most folks think of groundcovers they picture ivy or moss, and they seem kind of boring and bland. And you're right - fairies prefer a bit of color. So, after talking to the fairies in my own miniature garden, I've put together a list of some of their favorite groundcovers.

Designing Your Fairy Garden

Fairies are just tiny little creatures so they don't need acres and acres of garden space. Tuck your fairy garden into a quiet corner, under a shady tree or even create miniature gardens in containers to welcome the fairies onto your patio or deck.


Create a Magical Landscape

Use these ground covers to create a magical landscape. Because most will grow in even poor or rocky soil, they'll grow right over terrain that's rocky or bumpy and give your miniature garden the appearance of having little hills and valleys.

Most ground covers, once they're established, don't need any extra help to start spreading over your garden. But do be careful when planting miniature container gardens. The soil in containers tends to dry out more quickly than garden soil so you'll want to stay on top of watering.

Ground covers are ideal anywhere in your fairy garden because they're a lush, green backdrop for taller plants and flowers. And let's face it - if you were a fairy, you'd probably prefer a nice bed of soft moss or tiny flowers over a bed of rocks or mulch, too!

Look how charming this fairy house is with the low plantings around it on all sides.
Look how charming this fairy house is with the low plantings around it on all sides. | Source

Grow Creeping Thyme for the Fairy Garden

These are a low-growing plant, just right for the little people in your garden. Colorful and they come back year after year.

Sometimes the potted plants are out of stock on Amazon. You'll see seeds and can opt for those or check back if you really prefer the plants.

Magic Carpet Creeping Thyme

Outsidepride Magic Carpet Creeping Thyme - 500 Seeds
Outsidepride Magic Carpet Creeping Thyme - 500 Seeds

Creeping Thyme is a member of the herb family but it makes a wonderful ground cover for your fairy garden.

There are several varieties: Wooly Thyme, which has delicate purple flowers, is a favorite among the fairies because purple is the color of royalty in the fairy kingdom. Purple also signifies mystery, passion and enchantment - all the best qualities of fairies.

If you live in one of the moderate climate zones then Creeping Thyme will be a perennial favorite in your garden, too. It has no special soil requirements and actually grows better in poorer soil. Plant in full sun or in an area that receives limited shade.


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Blue Star Creeper Makes a Flower Carpet in the Fairy Garden

Outsidepride Creeping Speedwell - 1000 Seeds
Outsidepride Creeping Speedwell - 1000 Seeds

Blue Star Creeper

Another ground cover, the Blue Star Creeper grows slightly taller than Creeping Thyme and it has beautiful, star-shaped blue flowers.

This is another creeper that thrives best in full sun and isn't really particular about soil conditions.

Fairies are attracted to blue flowers because they portray fantasy, intrigue and secret intuition. If you've ever met a fairy then you know they're always up to something!


Baby Tears for a Ground Cover

You get 3 other plants along with the baby tears in this combo.

Terrarium and Shade Plant Assortment, Variegated for Miniature Garden, Fairy Garden
Terrarium and Shade Plant Assortment, Variegated for Miniature Garden, Fairy Garden

Baby Tears

As the name implies, Baby Tears is another miniature ground cover and it's leaves resemble, well, baby tears.

It's full and lush and green, and because it prefers a cool, moist, shady location it provides the fairies with a cool place to rest during the heat of the Summer.


Irish Moss Growing in My Garden

This is blooming nicely and spreading. It comes back year after year. I'm growing it in New Hampshire and the harsh winters haven't killed it, so it's quite sturdy.
This is blooming nicely and spreading. It comes back year after year. I'm growing it in New Hampshire and the harsh winters haven't killed it, so it's quite sturdy. | Source

Irish Moss for Fairies to Dance on - in the fairy garden

Outsidepride Irish Moss Ground Cover Seeds - 5000 Seeds
Outsidepride Irish Moss Ground Cover Seeds - 5000 Seeds

Irish Moss

Irish Moss is a miniature ground cover that's ideal for creating beautiful little pockets of landscaping within your fairy garden.

Use it for the lawn in front of your fairy house or use it to create rolling hills in the background. Because it's so tiny and lush and soft, fairies love Irish Moss even better than grass.

Irish Moss doesn't like extreme heat and lots of sun. Plant in an area that gets plenty of cool shade.

In the Summertime it's loaded with teeny tiny white flowers which fairies are particularly attracted to because white represents magic.


Have you seen evidence of fairies in your garden?

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    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Cynthia Haltom: It's such a fun project. Have a good time.

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      I need to make a fairy garden. I don't know why I haven't made one yet, but I am going to make an effort to get if done this weekend.

    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 

      5 years ago from New York

      I love the idea of a fairy garden! How wonderful! I have a perfect spot for one in my garden. Thanks for the ideas.

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      5 years ago

      Enjoyed your article. I might try some of these in my yard. I could use a few garden fairies.

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      6 years ago

      This is very helpful! I have been looking for some good ground covers for my fairy garden in progress and other parts of my yard.

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      6 years ago

      What a sweet fairy loving idea to plant the right ground covers!


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