DIY Fairy Garden Ideas (Easy & Convenient)

An excellent way to display an array of succulents is through an enchanting fairy garden. These miniature gardens are ideal for both indoor and outdoor placements. They add a sense of magic to anywhere that they have been placed. They also enable a gardener, whether experienced or just starting, to create something stunning with small plants. They tell a story, incorporating plants with props to unleash the imagination. Here are a few easy and convenient DIY Fairy Garden Ideas that will bring your fantasy to life.

The base of your fairy garden

In this case, the base refers to where you will be growing your fairy garden. Due to all the character, it will embody, it is best to have a type of container you select to grow the garden. When indoors, this could be a wide and shallow pot that will allow you to put plenty of small plants within it. A ceramic birdbath has just the right depth, and all you need to do is put a few drainage holes in at the bottom. You could even use a large basin that you repurpose.

Outdoors, an interesting log or a tree stump would be excellent for a whimsical fairy garden. There are fairy gardens that have been grown against a garden wall, or as a feature at the entrance of the main garden. Large wide pots are also ideal for an outdoor fairy garden. Where one does not have this shape, a gorgeous tiny picket fence may be used instead.

Should you have a flair for being artistic, you could also create layered looks with different containers. These could include arranging wide pots in an asymmetric stair pattern for outdoors. Indoors, you could create a similar effect by careful placement of broken pot pieces.

DIY Fairy Garden Ideas
A fairy garden @alegiobis

Gather some props

Let your imagination run wild. What would be the perfect addition to your Fairy Garden? There are some that you will find in other gardens, while others will take you back to the nostalgia of being a child. Consider putting together props such as little plastic toadstools and animals, small fairies, fairy wings, tiny cottages, and smooth stones. These stones can be used to create footpaths within the garden and also borders. Small round pieces of wood can be used to make little stools.

Check out a few fairy garden props you can bring home!

Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

Put together your succulents

Fairy gardens are mystical and beautiful, allowing for the use of many types of succulents. To add to its features, it is worth planting succulents of different widths and height. Also, succulents that flower more than once a year are ideal for adding even more color to this small landscape. Here are ten succulents that you can start with: –

1. Echeveria

There are so many varieties to choose from, and no fairy garden would be complete without the delicate rosette pattern of the Echeveria plant. These evergreen plants are striking and can be grown in clusters or individual plants within the fairy garden. The best option for a fairy garden is Echeveria Minima, the smallest of this type of plant. It can grow alone or in clusters.

2. Lithops

A key part of any fairy garden is little rocks that can be used along borders, or to create footpaths. Rather than using actual rocks, the Lithops succulent is a brilliant option. This tiny succulent from the ice plant family resembles a rock, which is probably why they are known as living stones. They need little water and look beautiful when they are in bloom.

3. The panda plant

This succulent has small fleshy green leaves with brown spots along the edges. It appears to be furry and has a velvety feel when touched. This has earned it the nickname ‘Pussy Ears’ since the leaves resemble the ears of a cat. The panda plants are small in size and give the illusion of being a tree within the fairy garden as they get taller.

4. Button cactus

A small cactus that grows erect, typically between 1-6 inches in height. The shape resembles a globe, and rather than the traditional green, it has a more gray color. It is quite easy to grow and will do well both as an indoor or outdoor plant.

5. Sedum japonicum

If you are looking to create a ground cover with your succulent, this one is ideal. The leaves will appear to have yellow tones when in sunlight, and in the shade, they will appear to be more green. When growing, it tends to hug the ground, which is why it is ideal as a ground cover plant. It needs a little bit more water than your typical succulent.

6. Crassula helmsii

Your fairy garden may have a small water feature or tiny pond. Although succulents typically need little water, this is one succulent that can grow in water being able to float. When in bloom, it has small white flowers.

7. The common houseleek

A succulent that grows in various sizes, taking up the shape of the rosettes. It will have a main rosette plant, and then at the base, small little rosette offsets. Where it is planted, it will appear to provide full coverage on the ground.

8. Zebra plant

The Zebra Plant succulent features long sharp leaves with white ridges, hence its name. It adds height to the garden and can grow well around other plants, and with minimal water. It is also resistant to common pests and diseases that affect succulents. Another advantage, it grows very slowly.

9. Lampranthus blandus

These are excellent to grow at the back of your fairy garden since they tend to be taller than other plants. They are a lovely dark shade of green, with leaves that are angular in shape. The garden gets a touch of color from the bright pink stems and flowers when it is in bloom.

10. Aylostera narvaecensis

This small cactus grows in clusters and remains close to the ground. It features soft, sharp spines, and when in flower, has large rose-pink flowers. Like any cacti, it can survive with very little water, and in hot conditions as well. It is also able to stay growing in low temperatures too.

For a touch of color or character, you can include some herb plants to your succulent garden. They have leaves of different shapes, which will add a different type of beauty to your fairy garden. For example, a small rosemary bush gives the impression of a little forest within your fairy garden.

Make sure you also go check out “The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden” to see our full list of succulents you need in your fairy garden.

DIY Fairy Garden Ideas
A multi-story fairy garden @mbellishments_jewelry

Creating your fairy garden

To begin, you should fill your gardening container (basin, tree stump, or whatever you have decided to use) with some potting soil. Remember to mix gravel into the potting soil so that it is more aerated to enable the growth of your succulents. Also, ensure that there are appropriate drainage holes in place.

Once done, you should position your props as you prefer. This will allow you to see the space that remains for you to fill in your plants. After that, you’re going to plant your succulents. Remember, you can plant them close together to achieve a stunning look and also to manage growth. Ideally, plant the large succulents first, especially the ones that have some height so you can ensure that they are well placed around the props or back of the growing container. The smaller plants can then be used to fill in the gaps. Should there still be some gaps that remain, they can be filled with a few small, smooth pebbles.

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Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

Tips for your fairy garden

Several tips can help ensure growing your succulent fairy garden is easy and convenient. They include:

1. Choose the right succulent – Generally, succulents grow quite slowly. When starting with your fairy garden, choose young succulents and smaller succulent varieties. To control how quickly and how large they grow, plant them close to each other. Also, water sparingly.

2. Over time, a challenge you may face is your plants grow too big for the fairy garden. To control this, ensure that your plants are grown in shallow pots. This limits the depth that the roots can reach, which will also inhibit rapid growth.

3. You may be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing accessories and Knick knacks for your garden. Make it simple by choosing a specific theme and then getting what you need to match this theme.

4. Some of the plants that you will include in your fairy garden may be toxic to pets. Be careful about where you place your garden so that everyone who comes into contact with it can enjoy it safely.

DIY Fairy Garden Ideas
A fairy garden with cacti @thepetalsedge

A fairy garden can be a project that is long term, one where you keep adding elements to make it better and better. Being able to use props means that the only thing that will hold you back is your imagination. Take time to grow your fairy garden. It is a great conversation piece and will teach you a lot about succulents and how to grow them in stunning arrangements.

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Happy Planting! 🌵

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