Fairy gardens are quickly becoming a popular landscape feature, as evidenced by the abundance of fairy statuary available every spring time in your local garden center. It’s not very difficult to design your own fairy garden, and will just take a bit of work to perfect the garden you want.
When creating a fairy garden, your first concern is where to put it, and what kind of shape it will have. If possible, your fairy garden should be round, since fairies have a certain fondness for the circular shape.
Next you will need to decide what elements you want and are able to include in your garden. We will begin with the largest of these elements – trees.
There are certain trees that attract fairies, so if it is possible, include any of the following in, or even near your garden:
Alder Apple Ash Birch Blackthorn
Elder Elm Hawthorn Hazel Lilac
Next you will need to choose the type of flowers and other plants you want to include. Please keep in mind some plants are toxic and dangerous to children or pets, so you will want to be careful of what you plant depending on your situation. Depending on the climate where you live, here are some suggestions:
Bluebell Cowslip Fly agaric or other mushrooms Lily of the valley
Fox glove Heather Primrose Ragwort Silverweed
Reed Wild thyme Lavender Violet Oleander
Sweet pea Honeysuckle Mugwort Pussy willow White sage
Gardenia Lilies Moon wort Mullein Cattails
Golden rod Clover Blackberry Queen Anne’s Lace Bachelor’s Buttons
The next main feature you need to consider adding is a water source. This can be done in several different ways, from adding an elaborate pond, to something as simple as digging a hole in the ground, inserting a bowl and filling in around the edges. You can use a bird bath if you like, a small islanded pond, something like a moat, or a wishing well, but having a water source is important for your fairy garden. If you do not have a way of circulating and filtering your water source, make sure to keep changing your water so it remains fresh.
Fairies mounds are also a great addition to your garden, and can be adjusted in size to fit your garden area. You can use pieces of plastic piping to add tunnels or caves to your mounds by laying the pipes out first and then covering them with dirt making sure to leave the openings clear.
Because Fairies enjoy the “in between” places of the world, gateways, doorways, and bridges are other features you will want to consider adding to your garden. Fairy doors can be found online and possibly at some garden centers or you can make your own out of a carved piece of wood. The doorways should be placed up against trees or mounds. Gateways can be used either with or without little fences. Remember we are working with fairies here, so we are talking miniature sizes here. Miniature gates and fences can be found at your local craft store, or made by hand with popsicle or regular sticks. Bridges can also be in the miniature and don’t have to go over water, you can dig gullies and add a land bridge over them. Of course if your garden is large enough and you actually have a larger pond or stream running through your garden, a human size bridge is acceptable also.
The last permanent feature of your garden is stones. Using rocks you can create borders, you will probably want one going all around the outside edge of your fairy garden, but you can use them as borders inside of your garden as well. Standing stones – larger stones with interesting shapes that can stand up and protrude out of the ground – are also a great way to add stones to your garden.
You may also want to include some sort of lighting for night time in your garden. There are plenty of solar lighting products on the market for you to look in to.
Once you have all of the permanent features in place, you may want to do some other decorating. Seasonal items can be added to your garden such as windchimes and statuary, but there are other items as well. Try some of these suggestions to add a little more pizzazz and fairy friendliness to your garden:
· Tie ribbons from tree branches or just attach to the top of a dowel and stick the other end into the ground, the ribbon will blow in the breeze.
· Anything silver
· Shiny objects
· If it’s safe, add glass balls, gazing balls, or mirrors.
· Bells can be hung from trees or other places where the wind will catch them and make them ring.
· Glass bowls filled with nuts, pretty stones, shiny new coins, or glitter are additions that are sure to make your fairy friends happy.
Finally once you have attracted the fairies to your garden, you will want to keep them happy and satisfied with libation gifts. These can include glass bowls filled with milk, wine, butter, cream, honey, mead, whiskey, ale, or bread. Be sure to replenish these supplies often.