How To: Create a Fairy Garden

If you’re looking to get creative in the garden or find a craft project for your children, then a Fairy Garden may be a perfect idea! Check out our beginner’s guide on how to create a fairy garden along with some inspiration for ideas and the best plants to use in this miniature magical world.

How To: Create a Fairy Garden

What is a Fairy Garden?

A fairy garden is a small decorative garden usually grown in a large pot, planter or small bed in your garden. They are magical spaces filled with little plants, figurines, garden gnomes, fairy lights, birdhouses and all sorts of other DIY decorations or accessories. 

This space or miniature world is a wonderful place for children (and adults!) to develop their imagination and makes a great tool for meditation and sensory development. 

Fairy gardens come in many shapes, sizes and themes. You can create forest wonderlands, tree houses, fairy homes, castles, or even quaint English cottages. Some complex designs also include small water features such as moats or rivers!

What materials are needed?

It’s a good idea to use as many natural materials as possible, as it adds to the authentic and mystical feel of your garden. Things such as terracotta pots, birdhouses, sticks, twine, bark, pebbles (or glass stones), moss and of course, the plants themselves. Most of these materials you will be able to source around the garden or surrounding areas such as the woodlands. Pots, birdhouses and plants can be purchased in-store at the Holt Garden Centre.

How To: Create a Fairy Garden

Add plants & Accessories

Once you have decided where you want your fairy garden to be and have prepped the soil you are ready to add the plants. Adding plants native to your location and ones that require the same level of sun and watering will guarantee the longevity and success of your mini garden. Try not to overcrowd your container as you will be adding items and accessories next! Some popular plant ideas include:

  • Succulents
  • Small Bonsai trees
  • Rosemary
  • Miniature roses
  • Thyme
  • Ferns

In terms of accessorising, it wholly depends on the type of theme you are creating, but some fun ideas include:

  • Toadstools
  • Chairs
  • Birdhouses
  • Fairies, Gnomes & Animals
  • Birdbaths
  • Trellises

Take some time to plan and envision what your miniature garden will look like so you can fit everything in and make it look visually striking. 

Designing fairy gardens can be addictive; with so many different themes and accessories, you will never run out of design ideas! They make a wonderful addition to any garden, and can also be adapted for indoor spaces such as conservatories or home offices. If you’re looking for some inspiration on what plants to add to your fairy garden, you can pop in store at Holt Garden Centre and speak to a member of our team.

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