Photo by momtiara
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a newborn baby giggled. When she did, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and went skipping about, creating the first fairies.
Begin by choosing low-growing herbs. The scale is important because the plants create the miniature landscape and make it manageable. Remember that plants in containers grow slower than if they were planted in the garden. Some favorites include minor thyme, curly chives, and dwarf pink autumn sage.
Choose a Container
No matter which container you select, make sure it offers sufficient drainage from the bottom to allow water to serve the roots and escape rather than keeping roots constantly wet.
Terra cotta pots and window boxes also are useful because they drain well and are available in a vast array of sizes and shapes. My favorite containers are old, weathered clay pots because the discoloration on the sides gives so much character and interest. If you choose a wooden window box, choose sturdy, long-lasting redwood or cedar. These boxes will need adequate drainage holes like any other container.
Planting, Care and Maintenance
After you’ve chosen the container and plants, fill half of your pot with a soil mixture, and then begin placing plants. Keep the following in mind when preparing your soil mix: porosity, adequate drainage and water retention (depending on the type of plant and its requirements). You can purchase premixed soil or mix your own with the following combination:
2 parts sterilized soil
1 part peat moss or compost
1 part perlite
To create a landscape, include a path, trellis, chair or pond. Add a fairy-sized trowel, rake, watering can, hoe or wagon. Water placed in a small clay saucer simulates a pond, and pea gravel, wood chips or broken clay pots can pave a path. Leave about 1/2 inch of space at the top edge of the container for watering.
Use Your Imagination
Let creativity be your guide. When I offer workshops for creating fairy gardens, I am always amazed at what participants come up with. One person will make a lovely gray santolina become a shade tree for a little bench while another develops a cobblestone path meandering through a forest of lavender carpeted by thyme. Miniature fences and garden tools or fairy figurines draw the eye past each plant, focusing on the tiny details. There’s no limit to the variety and impromptu intrigue you can offer with your fairy garden. Whether you’re designing it for your own enjoyment, or for others, have an enchanting time and maybe, just maybe, the fairies will pay a stealthy visit some night by the light of the moon.
I love this idea! My friend did this with her daughter and she absolutely loved it. She even sprinkled fairy dust (aka glitter) around one day so her little girl thought the fairies came, so cute! To appeal more to boys, you can adapt it to be a wizard or elf garden.
Have you ever created a fairy garden? What would you put in yours?