Especially popular with small children, fairy gardens are great projects for both experienced gardeners or for those who are beginners.
These miniature gardens are also a great way to introduce kids to nature and caring for plants. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a fairy garden, but we do have recommendations on which plants would work best.
We asked Senior Horticulturist, Matt Kostelnick, which plants he would recommend for gardeners to use in their fairy garden. We categorized his recommendations based on which season and climate each plant grows best in.
Summer Fairy Garden Plants
Bonsai: This is a broad term used to describe slow growing, miniature trees in a pot.
Mini Sedum: Small, high heat tolerant plants that grow great outdoors.
Lantanas: This flower has unique, beautiful circular blooms.
Succulents: Slow growing with fleshy leaves, succulents are often found in desert areas but can be found in other places around the world as well. They are low maintenance, require little watering and need little light to grow.
Spring Fair Garden Plants
Pansies: Pansies don’t tolerate heat well, but their bright colors and heart-shaped leaves make for a beautiful addition to fairy gardens.
Violets: This flower is native to the Northern hemisphere.
Primrose: These flowers originated from shady, moist, forest environments. Outdoors, the primrose grows best in partial shade and blooms in early spring through summer.
Shamrock: Shamrocks and other oxails prefer to grow in cool temperatures. You’ll want to avoid growing them in warmer temperatures (70-75 degrees) because this may cause them to go dormant.
You can add as little or as much detail as you would like to your fairy garden. Try different containers for your garden like coffee mugs, broken pots or wooden dresser drawers. There are plenty of ideas online to inspire you to design your own fairy garden.