You might not be aware of exactly what an outdoor fairy garden is. This delightful hobby is a way to create a garden of magic and make believe. Using your imagination, you can create a world of wonder.
You put in the plants that you want to have in this garden – but in this world, these plants take on a different meaning to the garden fairies. Instead of being just ordinary plants, they become a home to the fairy or they’re places of shade just like a real life large tree is for a human.
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If you choose to create an outdoors garden, then what you can do is either have your fairy garden be directly in a patch of soil in your yard or you can use an outdoor container. While you can certainly use a pot that has a purpose specifically for plants, you don’t have to do that either. In fact, some people have used a wooden barrel, an old doll bed, a wheelbarrow or even in a basket.
The Soil And Plants For Your Fairy Garden.
Your best bet is just to choose the best potting soil for container growing – even if you plan to grow your fairy garden outside your house. This way, you know that you can get started right away and if you have kids, since they’re not long on patience, this is a good way to go.
The kind of plants that you get for your backyard is important. If you choose ones that are too large, they’ll encroach too much or their roots could end up outgrowing your container or space. And you want to choose plants that have like needs as far as sunlight and water moisture goes.
When it comes to plants; think miniature. Some plants that grow well and are suited for fairy gardening are miniature conifers.
You might also see these called dwarf conifers. You’ll want to use these in the larger fairy garden containers, though. Don’t forget too that you can prune your plants to such a shape that they resemble trees for a magical fairy world.
Look for miniature Ellwood trees or Lawson cypress. These look like tiny Christmas trees and you will have to keep this one pruned back. If you have a favorite kind of tree that you like, you can also do an online search and add the word miniature or dwarf in front of the search word.
If there’s a miniature version of your favorite kind of tree it’ll pop up. Plants that are perfect for a fairy garden include clover and moss. If you use moss, you’ll want to go with Irish moss because this kind looks like an actual yard for your fairies.
Plants that are said to attract outdoor garden fairies are: Bluebells, Boxwood, Buttercups, Carnation, Clover, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Cowslips, Crocus, Daffodils, Daisies, Dandelion, Forget-Me-Not, Fountain Butterfly Bush, Gardenia, Heliotrope, Harebell, Hollyhock, Honeysuckle, Hyacinths, Iris, Jasmine, Lamb’s Ear, Lavender, Lilac, Lilies, Lobelia, Marigold, Morning Glory, Orchids, Pansies, Periwinkles, Peonies, Poppies, Petunias, Phlox, Pincushion Flowers, Pussywillow, Ragwort, Roses, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Snapdragon, Summer Lilac, Thistles, Tulips, Violets, White Lotus and Zinnia.
Variety is very important to the aesthetics of a flower garden. It will be very boring if you have too many flowers that look extremely similar.
Look out for plants with tiny green leaves: like the fragrant Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus), angel’s tears (Soleirolia soleirolii), Corsican mint (Mentha requienii Corsican mint), the evergreen Pratia pendiculata, brass buttons or an evergreen ground carpeting plant like Veronica repens, to give your fairy garden an enchanted appeal.
If you want to create a larger spot, you can put some butterfly bushes and lilacs in the back. Stay away from Foxglove as it is toxic and can have seriously dangerous effects.
The Herb Fairy Garden.
Most herbs with their fragrant flowers are bee attracting and attract butterflies as well, but are also favorites among fairies. For example fairies love thyme, it’s one of the plants they like to dance around.
Rosemary is planted to attract elves and fairies in Ireland for centuries. Some other herbs you might consider for your fairy garden are fennel, lemon grass, lemon verbena, marjoram, oregano, small lavender, or even a dwarf or Nana sage.
What flowers and plants to avoid? Too many yellow flowers, as in old lore they are associated with the devil.
All The Outdoor Fairy Garden Accessories And Decoration You Need.
Decorating Your Fairy Garden is the part that brings the most delight to kids and adults. That’s because it’s fun to create the miniature world where the fairies will live and play. You might want to sketch out a basic layout of what you want your fairy garden design to be so that you’re not just putting things in there at random. You want to start out by first choosing your fairies.
What some people do is they choose a fairy to represent each member of the family. So a family of four would purchase four fairies. You can find these in packs of several or you can choose them individually. There are also some fairy sets sold that include a family pet.
Next, you want to add the housing:
- You can have as many of these as you like and they come in all sorts of designs.
- You want to have some landscaping that leads up to the front of the cottage or house.
- For this, you can put down tiny pebbles or have the Irish moss leading up to the house since it does look like grass.
- You can also create a walkway.
- There are fairy garden ponds that you can buy and get a little wooden bridge to fit over the pond.
Most faeries are drawn to the sound and sight of a fountain; you can also install a small waterfall or put in a little fishpond. Put up birdhouses, birdbaths and bird- and hummingbird feeders. Kids really love this decoration. You want to get some little mushroom decorations to place all about the garden because mushrooms and fairies go hand in hand. You also don’t want to forget the gazing globes.
Make sure that you get some table and chairs and plenty of benches for your fairies to sit on, have a look at some examples here on A m a z o n.
Some of the table and chairs look like bistro sets and some look like they were carved from wood. You can even find adorable little dishes to sit on the table like the fairies are about to sit down and enjoy their dinner outdoors. There are miniature fairy birdbaths and miniature wells that look so magical in a fairy garden.
You can get fairy garden miniatures of bicycles and baskets. You can get a trellis for their little plants to twine around. Anything that you can imagine for a real world can be found and used in your fairy garden container.
You can also attract fairies in your garden with the right kind of stones and gemstones like: Agate, Ruby, Tigers Eye, Topaz and Turquoise. Fairies are attracted to all things glittery and shiny, like small bells, marbles, ornaments and jewellery, but no iron, steel or bells.
May your sacred fairy garden bring many hours of enchantment for you and your family!