How to Make a Fairy Garden Container

Do you believe in fairies? When I was a child, I imagined that fairies lived in our garden. Did you

Do you believe in fairies?

When I was a child, I imagined that fairies lived in our garden.

Did you know that you can create your own miniature fairy garden?  This is very fun project whether you are a kid or a ‘kid at heart’.

Container Fairy Gardens

To get started, you will need the following:

– Container with holes for drainage

– Potting mix (not potting soil)

– Pea gravel, colored pebbles and/or a small river rock or two

– Small furniture, animals, etc for decorating your garden

– Plants

Once you have added your potting mix to your container, then it is time to add your plants.  Select plants that have interesting shapes, color and texture.  Avoid overcrowding your fairy garden with too many plants – you want to be able to see the other elements of the garden.

Avoid using plants that will grow too large.  Good plants to try are Fiber Optic Grass, Thyme, Violas, Moss, ‘Living’ Rocks and Lobelia.

Use your imagination when choosing plants – for example: a small Rosemary plant can be pruned up to look like a spiky tree.

After adding your plants, it’s time to add any figurines and decorations to the garden -‘fairy’ furniture can be made out of sticks or large pieces of bark.  Again, use your imagination.

Cover the soil with pebbles and/or pea gravel to finish your garden and water well.

Who knows?  Your garden may soon be visited with ‘real’ fairies 😉

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.