7 Tiny Succulents for Your Fairy Garden

Fairy gardens are all the rage, and we can see why! They’re special container gardens that combine mini succulents with small, whimsical accessories like castles and wishing wells to create a fairy tale world. You can unleash your creativity and design yours however you want—there’s no wrong way to make a fairy garden!

If you’ve never made your fairy garden before, though, picking out the right mix of succulents and accessories can be tough. With so many different succulents to choose from, it’s hard to narrow things down and figure out which ones are right for your garden. That’s why we decided to write this post on some of the best succulents for fairy gardens—to help you out and give you a little inspiration! 

Generally, small succulents look the best because they’ll blend in well with all the small, cute accessories in your fairy garden. You don’t want your succulents to be so big that they tower over everything else!

Any of the tiny succulents in this post would look fantastic in your fairy garden, so keep reading and check them out if you don’t know which plants to pick!

1. Zebra Plant—Haworthia fasciata 

Zebra plants are an excellent choice for fairy gardens because they stay nice and small. They only get to be about five inches tall and eight inches wide, so they’ll never outgrow your garden or need to be replaced. Zebra plants have spiky green leaves with white bands on them that look similar to zebra stripes, which is how they got their name. The succulents have a unique, distinctive look, so they’ll add lots of visual interest to your fairy garden!

The only downside to zebra plants is that they’re not cold hardy. So if you live in a cold climate, you should only plant them in fairy gardens you plan on keeping indoors. 

2. Lithops 

Lithops are one of the absolute best succulents for fairy gardens! Most lithops are only an inch tall, and between one and three inches wide, so they’re the perfect size for small gardens. They’re nicknamed living stone plants because they look like tiny rocks or pebbles. They remind us of toadstools and would make great little benches for your fairy friends!

They come in a wide variety of whimsical colors, including blue, pink, purple, and yellow. Some of them have tiny spots too, which makes them look even more unique and fanciful! They’re our favorite succulent for fairy gardens, so definitely pick up a few if you plan to make your miniature garden soon. 

3. Graptoveria ‘Debbie’ 

Graptoveria succulents are echeveria hybrids, so they have big, beautiful rosettes that look a lot like flowers. But luckily, these plants aren’t as hard to maintain as flowers! All you have to do is give them some water every two weeks and fertilize them a few times a year to keep them beautiful and healthy.

This variety of graptoveria called Debbie has gorgeous pale pink leaves. The succulent grows to about eight inches wide and eight inches tall. Therefore, it’s the right size for fairy gardens. It’s cold hardy down to twenty degrees, so you can plant it in indoor or outdoor gardens if you live in a climate that doesn’t get too cold. 

4. Crassula Mesembryanthemoides

This crassula from South Africa has pointy green leaves and soft stems that turn woody over time. They look like little trees that have been dusted with snow because there’s white fuzz all over the leaves, so they’re an excellent choice for Christmas-themed fairy gardens! They can grow up to a foot tall, so they’re a little bit bigger than some of the other succulents on this list and require a bigger container. But if you’re making a larger-scale fairy garden, this is the perfect plant to include! 

5. Golden Japanese Stonecrop 

Stonecrops are low-growing succulents that don’t get to be more than a foot tall, which makes them the perfect size for miniature gardens! They don’t need very much soil to thrive, so they’ll do well even in small, shallow containers. They’re cold hardy down to negative ten degrees and can be kept indoors or outdoors year-round. 

This particular variety, the Golden Japanese Stonecrop, has round golden leaves and bright red stems. It sprouts tiny yellow flowers in the spring that look like stars. It doesn’t need much water or maintenance, so it’s a good choice for hands-off gardeners who don’t want to spend too much time maintaining their fairy gardens.

6. Hedgehog Cacti—Echinocereus

Hedgehog cacti, also known as Echinocereus, are a genus of small cylindrical cacti. They don’t get to be more than a foot tall, especially when kept indoors. They can survive in temperatures down to about zero degrees, but they’ll do better in a warm climate or sunny area of your home. Just like stonecrops, they don’t need a lot of water, so they’re the right choice for gardeners who prefer low-maintenance plants. 

Also, these cacti are super cute and easy to take care of! They’re covered in long, spiky spines that look like the spines on a hedgehog, which is how they got their adorable nickname. Their stems are green and cylindrical, and they sprout bright pink or purple flowers in the spring. Overall, they’re an excellent choice for fairy gardens!

7. Echeveria azulita 

Echeveria azulita means “little blue one” in Spanish, which is an appropriate name for this tiny succulent! This echeveria is super small—its rosettes are only about two inches in diameterso it won’t take up much room in your fairy garden. It also has beautiful, and powder blue leaves that flush pink around the edges when exposed to bright sunlight. In the warmer months, it produces bright yellow flowers on tall stalks that contrast beautifully with its pink and blue leaves. 

In addition to being beautiful, this echeveria produces lots of offsets that you can separate and grow into brand new plants. It’s like having a new baby succulent show up on your doorstep every month for free! Isn’t that awesome? Soon your fairy garden will be covered with these succulents!


There you have it! Those are the best tiny succulents for your fairy garden. If you make a fairy garden using any of these succulents, make sure you send us a picture of it on Instagramwe’d love to see it!

Happy planting!

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