A fairy garden is an extremely creative theme to make a garden space extra special. It can be a dedicated spot, or a theme that carries throughout different areas of the landscape. The key is to keep plantings and adornments miniature and "dwarf" in size, versus selecting plantings that are known for huge foliage and flowers. The more every aspect of the garden is miniature in scale, the better and the more "authentic" the fairy garden you create will become.
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The design of the garden can be as a special site or you can stage various areas throughout the garden and the landscape of the yard. For example, plantings can be made underneath the canopy of a large tree so that the foliage and flowers can stand out. Or, you can create an entire mini fairy garden area with its own location and accompanying foliage and flowers.
Foliage and Flower Selection
Use both perennial and annual flowers that are dwarf in size to enhance the mini fairy garden design. Plant flowers with vivid and colourful blossoms like primroses, pansies, petunias, snapdragons and Gerber daisies. Use sunflowers to add colour and whimsy. Dwarf varieties of butterfly bushes and azaleas can provide shrubbery that ties in to a smaller height and scale and colourful flowers. Lily and crocus bulbs will give the garden a special look to greet spring. Ferns and hostas can continue to serve as miniature-sized shrubbery to create borders and backdrops for the colour "pops" of flowers. Include striking plantings like Echinacea, foxglove, begonias and foxglove to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to amplify the mini fairy garden theme.
Statuary and Stones
Statuary will provide the visual clue to define the garden as a fairy garden. Select statues of fairies, garden gnomes, birds, rabbits, turtles and other woodland creatures to give the garden a magical forest look. Include iridescent globes to give the garden an iridescent and ethereal appeal. Purchase fairy princess accoutrements like tiaras and magical items like wands that can be sprayed with polyurethane for longevity and placed in a well-deserved spot amid the fairy garden flora and fauna. Incorporate garden picks with butterflies, bees and ladybirds to enhance the overall effect. Use river rocks, gravel and small stones to keep the scale miniature and in balance with the plantings.
Incorporate a water feature to enhance the mystical ambience of the fairy garden. If the garden is placed in a shaded area, install a small pond surrounded by rocks. Or if the landscape permits, incorporate a small waterfall or birdbath.
A child's playhouse can make a striking and enchanting focal point for the fairy garden. Consider a gingerbread house design or one with country charm. Alternatively, you can purchase small dollhouse statuaries or ones made of ceramic materials and use them as statuary, dispersed throughout the mini garden. Create a small picket fence using Popsicle sticks painted white to add even more charm to the fairy garden.
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