Best Living Plants for Fairy Gardens
A fairy garden is a small structure which uses living plants and small structures to replicate a fairy-like environment. Most fairy gardens are small spaces, tended to with love, and the designs are based on your imagination.
These are usually indoor gardens that can be used as a table centerpiece, unique decorating item, or porch addition. When it comes to establishing and constructing a fairy garden, I believe that the more natural, the better.
To create a fairy garden, you’ll need a box or bowl for planting. A lid that becomes a saucer is required, then add soil, small pebbles for a fairy path, and the other decorations that will bring this small space to life.
I would choose 3-5 plants for each house. Begin with ground cover, then incorporate a flowering plant and some greenery. You can use several of the same types of plants, such as cacti, succulents, or mosses, but a combination is also lovely.
Then you’ll want to bring the garden to life with these plants.
1. Silver Sprinkles
This little plant creates veined foliage that blooms in a yellowish-green type of color. It provides ground cover and looks a bit like ivy as it begins to mature. This trailing Pilea plant is great for hanging baskets, container gardens and fairy gardens! It has tiny silvery green leaves on a reddish stem.
This plant is also known as Red Stem Pilea, Silver Sprinkles, pilea glauca, red stem tears, and other names. This small, pretty, creeping plant makes a great mat. It is a low-growing spreader with clusters of small, pale-pink flowers that bloom sporadically. It has small, steel-blue foliage that contrasts sharply with the mahogany red stems. It prefers a moist, humid environment and is likely to cascade or climb. This plant is particularly well suited to the creation of a miniature or fairy garden.
2. Weeping Fig
This small bush is often included with miniature gardens because it offers the look and feel of a large tree. It likes to have soil that is drained well, but kept moist, for best results. ‘Pandora’ Ficus benjamina Pandora is a cute weeping fig with slightly curled leaves that add texture and interest to any room. It grows best in bright, indirect light or in the morning sun. Maintain an even moisture level, not wet or dry. Because of its slow growth, it rarely requires trimming.
3. Polka Dot Plants
This plant has been a favorite of gardeners who teach kids the basics of gardening for more than a generation. These plants come in white, red, or pink varieties. They do like to grow tall, so keep pinching the tips of them to keep them at the right size.
Splash Pink, Polka Dot Plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya, is a versatile, easy-to-grow plant known for its unusual and striking foliage colors. Some people refer to it as “freckle face.” Its eye-catching color pattern makes it a popular addition to a miniature garden container. Maintain a moderately moist but not constantly soaked soil. While this plant can tolerate most indirect light, it grows best in areas with lower light levels.
This option does like to grow slowly, so it won’t provide ground cover like silver sprinkles do. It also likes warm and humid environments, so it works best in a terrarium you’ve turned into a fairy garden.
Spikemoss is a primitive plant that, despite producing spores, is not a true fern. This genus contains 700 species and is considered one of the fern allies. Spikemoss thrives in the same growing conditions as ferns, which include plenty of moisture, high humidity, and shade. They have scale-like foliage and most species are creeping plants that form dense carpets of soft mounds that love to sprawl among waterfall rocks.
5. Mexican Heather
This blooming plant makes a nice addition to a fairy garden, especially since it can be formed into a topiary. It tolerates the heat well and likes regular sun. You’ll need to keep pruning it to keep it at the right height for the garden.
This plant is rounded and densely branched, with trumpet-shaped flowers with dark magenta petals that hummingbirds and butterflies will enjoy. Between summer and frost, the flowers with their green calyx tubes will bloom profusely. This plant is particularly well suited to the creation of a miniature or fairy garden. Please keep in mind that any accessories shown are only for illustration purposes and are not included.
This golden groundcover plan loves the gentle sun of the twilight hours. It tolerates hot weather and can handle missing a watering session or two.
Is there anything more enjoyable than selecting new miniature plants and trees for the fairy garden? Whether you’re planning an entirely new garden for the summer season or simply updating the fairy garden plants in your existing garden, “plant shopping” can be a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. The act of selecting miniature plants exercises one’s creative muscles while also requiring logic and reason, because a fairy garden must not only look stunning, but it must also contain the appropriate fairy garden plants for the type of soil, weather, and climate factors.
7. Wood Sorrel
You’ll love adding this plant to your fairy garden because of its beautiful purple and pink leaves. When it does bloom, you’ll see some lovely spots of yellow with the plant as well.
The formal garden style is inextricably linked to the French and Italian baroque gardens. The importance of symmetry in this case cannot be overstated. The most important garden element is strictly cut form hedges, which define space boundaries.
Elfin thyme is a nice addition to fairy garden as well because its leaves are so small. Many people do not realize that this herb also blooms in the late spring with beautiful pink flowers. Although it prefers outdoor spaces, with enough sunlight and well-drained soil, it can thrive indoors as well.
Thyme complements many other plants in your miniature garden. It’s a bush next to moss, a tiny leafed contrast next to Dwarf Mondo Grass shards. Baby Tears is larger and more woody. A wide range of greens, from a bright yellow edge on Lemon Variegated to a dark green on many varieties and a bright green on the Lime cultivar. In a smaller-scale garden, shape a small bonsai tree from a woodier standing variety.
9. Creeping Fig
The miniature oakleaf variety of this plant loves low light conditions that are paired with high humidity levels. It is a growing vine that loves terrariums and other moist areas of the home. It grows hearty and well with little attention to it, which is perfect for first-time fairy gardeners.
The green leaf form is very simple to cultivate. Indirect light that is bright is ideal. Maintain an even moisture level, not wet or dry. Feed once a month with soluble house plant food. Keep away from drafts, whether hot or cold. As needed, trim. It is suitable for use as a houseplant, terrarium, or hanging basket. It also works well as a bonsai ground cover. It is hardy in zones 9-10 and makes an excellent ground cover.
The real fun begins after you’ve chosen your plants. Include rocky elements, wooden benches and outbuildings, pebbled paths, and furnishings. There are no hard and fast rules regarding the final vision. Close your eyes and imagine the world you want to live in, and then take it from there. The plants serve as an anchor and provide the whimsical feel you need to get started, but the additional decor will really give it a magical feel.
A fairy garden can be a fun way to bring the joy of gardening to children of any age. Whether you grow your garden indoors or outside, use these plants to create the perfect look. Don’t be afraid to make use of your existing garden space! If you have a tree in your backyard, you can design your fairy village around it and incorporate it into your design. A patch of wildflowers or a lovely herb garden can make an ideal setting for your fairy houses—and best of all, there’s no need to do any additional work (or spend additional money).