Do like the idea of a miniature world existing within a container? Creating miniature or fairy gardens, are a great way to indulge your love of plants along with a dash of imagination.
A newer twist to miniature, fairy gardens is to use succulent plants. The unique shapes and colors of succulents add a touch of whimsy to a tiny world.
The elements of miniature gardens can vary from incorporating natural items such as pebbles, seed pods or twigs to small furniture, small houses or even fairies themselves. The one common element that ties all miniature gardens together are small plants. Using succulents in pots are a great way to create container gardens that are low-maintenance and do not need much water.
Miniature gardens don’t have to be expensive – you may already have many of the items already laying around your home and garden.
Do you have a shallow container that has been standing empty too long? As long as it has a hole for drainage – it will work for your miniature garden.
The next step is to take a walk outside to collect some other natural elements such as small rocks, sea shells or pebbles. The beauty of these small gardens are in the ‘natural’ world you are creating. Small twigs or pieces of bark can also find a place in your little garden.
Want to go a step further toward creating a world for fairies? Incorporate small pieces of furniture and maybe even a fairy figurine. I like to think of fairy gardens as an ‘outdoor dollhouse’.
Incorporating succulents in miniature gardens can cost next to nothing because they are so easy to start from cuttings. (You can read how to grow succulents from cuttings here.) A great way to get a variety of succulents without spending a lot of money on individual plants is to head to your local nursery or big box store and buy a ready-made pot filled with a variety of succulents. Burro’s tail, Crassula ‘gollum’ jade, hen and chicks, jade plant, kalanchoe, panda plants, peanut cactus,
When growing succulents in containers, well-drained soil is vital. Fill your container with a potting mix, formulated for cacti and succulents. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to completely dry out before watering again. Take care not to wet the leaves of your succulents.
Place your miniature, succulent garden in an area that receives plenty of sunlight – a south-facing window is best.
Creating a miniature world in a pot is one of my favorite container ideas – how about you?