How To Make A Fairy Garden With Succulents

How to Make a Fairy Garden with Succulents

Container gardens filled with succulents of different sizes, textures, and colors are beautiful, but why not take things up a notch and make a fairy garden? Fairy gardens are extra unique container gardens filled with miniature plants and cute accessories like small cottages, tiny tea sets, and little benches. They’re called fairy gardens because they’re designed to be miniature worlds that a tiny fairy could live in. They feature lots of whimsical, brightly colored decorations and sometimes even fairies! You can put fairy, elf, or gnome figurines in your fairy garden to drive home the magical theme. 

If you want to learn how to make an adorable little world full of succulents and fairies in one of your spare pots, then keep reading! 

2 Types Of Fairy Gardens

The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden
Succulent Garden @bom_peerapol

Fundamentally there are two main types; outdoor and indoor miniature fairy gardens. Learn more about outdoor and indoor succulents with our excellent ebook. We list the most popular ones here, so you don’t have to dig!

Outdoor Fairy Gardens

The idea behind the establishment of fairy gardens is that they should be a spectacle to behold. They should be an enchanting and picturesque landscape appealing enough to allure fairies. A fairy garden is found in the outdoor spaces of balconies, verandas, and patios. The placement of the garden should be strategic so that it stands out. Since the garden is necessarily tiny, it should still stand out.

You can find 5 popular outdoor succulents here to use in your fairy garden too. We wrote this article just for this and everyday gardens too!

Indoor Fairy Gardens

Indoor Fairy gardens are primarily kept in any indoor space. These areas may include windowsills, room corners, bookshelves, and table-tops, among others. The location is mainly dependent on the size you intend to use. You should, however, ensure that the site you select receives adequate sunshine.

Here’s a list of 10 mini succulents for indoors that you can take a look at. The hens and chicks are quite popular!

Things To Consider Before Building A Fairy Garden

Before you even get down and dirty into building your miniature garden, you need a plan. This layout should include everything from beginning to end. And before you get to the nitty-gritty of inventing your fairy garden, there are a few things you must consider first.

#1. The Type Of Garden

As stated above, there are two major types of gardens you wish to establish. Either indoor or outdoor. You have to have a rough idea of what you want so that you have a place to begin. It will go a long way in helping you to decide on what to purchase and the appropriate sizes too. It will also help you choose the best materials for indoor or outdoor fairy gardens. Check here for a helpful checklist of the best tools to create a garden like this.

How to Make a Fairy Garden with Succulents
A fairly garden @angela.ega

#2. The Size Or Shape Of The Garden

The dimension will vary according to the type and location you selected to place your fairy garden. If you decide on an outdoor patio instead of an indoor one, you might end up with a more extensive garden. But then again, it will all depend on the space you intend to place the garden. Remember, a fairy garden is a reflection of your imagination, so nothing should hold you back.

#3. Soil

To make a succulent fairy garden, you’ll need a container, succulent soil, accessories of your choosing, and an assortment of small succulents. The favorite succulent soil mix you can quickly grab on Amazon:

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#4. Container

When choosing a container, your imagination is the only limiting factor! We’ve seen people use decorative bowls, wooden barrels, tiered planters, planter boxes, galvanized metal tubs, and even teacups to make their fairy gardens. As long as you can put soil in it, you can use almost anything as a planter for your fairy garden! Ensure the planter has drainage holes, so your succulents don’t get waterlogged.

Our recommendations for containers:

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Succulent Pots, 6.1 Inch Large Succulent Planters Pots with...
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#5. Accessories

As for accessories, we like to use a mix of natural and store-bought items. Acorns, twigs, bark, moss, rocks, small pebbles, and seashells all make great natural accents. You can use acorn caps as tiny dinner plates and twigs to construct a picket fence or a bench. Bark makes a great door for a cottage, and moss, rocks, seashells, and pebbles can all be used to create a path that leads right to the front door. Get creative with how you utilize natural accents in your succulent fairy garden to make it feel like a lush, magical forest!

To go along with our natural decor, we like to buy a few items at the store. A little premade birdhouse makes an excellent base for a fairy cottage. You can follow this tutorial and decorate your cottage with seashells and pinecones or use brightly colored paints and flowers to make your house stand out. 

We also like to buy some dollhouse furniture to decorate our fairy garden. Benches and patio sets designed for dollhouses are the perfect size for a succulent fairy garden and help make it look like fairies live there! You can also pick up a few small fairy or gnome figurines and other whimsical decorations like toadstoolswishing wellsfountains, and bridges to complete your succulent fairy garden and make it look extra charming!

Try some of these fun accessory options:

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Last update on 2022-11-29 / Amazon

#6. Succulent Selection

Lastly, you’ll need to gather some small succulents you can plant in your garden. We put jade plants and mini pine trees (also known as crassula tetragona) in our succulent fairy garden because they look like trees, and one can prune them so that they stay nice and small. Also, we like to use little green succulents that resemble bushes like echeverias, haworthias, and hens and chicks. We usually throw in lithops or two as well because they look like little rocks and would make an excellent place for a fairy to sit down and rest! 

Hungry to know what succulent will be the best for your fairy garden? We have a vast header for the subject right below.

How To Assemble Your Succulent Fairy Garden

Now that you have all of your supplies, you’re ready to assemble your succulent fairy garden! The first thing you should do is grab your container and fill it up with succulent soil. Then you should start planning out where you want all of your succulents plants, accessories, and pathways to go. We like to place the largest objects like cottages and patio furniture in the fairy garden first and then work on smaller accessories and plants around them. Finally, we plan out where we want our paths to be. 

There are no rules when it comes to placing your objects and plants. Let your imagination guide you! Put all of your accessories wherever you think they’d look best. In general, a succulent fairy garden with lots of greenery and accessories will look better than a sparsely decorated one. Still, it’s really up to you how many items you put in your garden! 

Once you’re happy with how your layout looks, you can start planting your succulents in the soil. Dig a little hole for each one of your plants and nestle them into the soil, making sure not to plant them too close together and overcrowd them. After planting your succulents plants and all of your buildings are in place, you can create pathways between them using pebbles and moss. 

That’s it! Your succulent fairy garden is complete. Now you can sit back and enjoy it! 

Most Suitable Succulents For Your Fairy Garden

#1. Chocolate Soldier

The Chocolate soldier is also known as the Panda plant or Pussy ears plant. It is a succulent from the genus Kalanchoe, and it traces its origin to Madagascar. It is one small succulent with fleshy green leaves rimmed with rustic brown edges. Its small size makes it ideal to be grown as part of a fairy garden, considering it will be able to accommodate the growth of other plants. With proper care, the Chocolate soldier will look like a small tree in your fairy garden scenery.

#2. Echeveria

The Echeveria is a big family of succulents, including species such as Ghost Echeveria, Painted Lady, and the Blue Rose Echeveria, among others. This family of plants is evergreen and forms stunning rosettes of fleshy leaves that grow and assume the similar shape of lettuce or plum-petalled roses. The Echeveria family has an array of splendidly distinctively colored sorts that will give your miniature garden a striking spectacle. Here’s an echeveria we talked all about if you’re interested!

#3. Ragworts

Scientifically identified as Senecio is a genus in the daisy family of succulents. This genus is expressly grown for the color and shape of its leaves. Their leaves come in various appearances ranging from different tones of greens to unique-looking greys and blues. For instance, the Senecio rowleyanus has long hanging stems with pearl-shaped beads. These will be ideal if you intend to place your garden in a raised position such that the stems cascade downwards.

The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden
Distinctive Looking @smartplantoutdoors

#4. Pigmyweeds

Also known by the names Crassula helmsii or the Swamp Stonecrop, the Pigmyweed is yet another addition to your fairy garden. It is a small aquatic, perennial succulent with round stems, either floating or creeping, with roots developing at the nodes. They produce tiny white four-petalled flowers that flourish in the summertime on the long stalks that arise from the upper leaf axils. The Swamp Stonecrop can be grown submersed, emersed, or as a terrestrial crop. This makes it ideal to be planted on a little pond in your landscape!

#5. Mammillaria

The Mammillaria cacti succulent is a highly-prized crop cultivated for its unique features and delightful traits. Their small size is perhaps one of the reasons it will fit right into the structure of a fairy garden. Another factor is that they are slow-growing succulent; therefore, they will have a very long life span in your garden. They take a while to bloom, but when they do, they produce a dramatic bright crown of flowers circling the top part of the succulent like a garland.

Learn more about The Pin Cushion Cactus here.

#6. Burro’s Tail

The Burro’s Tail also goes by the names Horse’s, Monkey’s, or Donkey’s Tail plant. Just from the title, the stems have pendulous stems that look like a donkey’s tail. Some types have vigorous growth, so you should consider picking the dwarf kind. They are ideal for fairy gardens placed on raised ground to allow the stems to waterfall down. The succulents infrequently produce flowers, but when they do, they are small star-shaped, unscented ones in tones of red and pink.

The leaves are plump and are structured in a striking overlapping pattern. The pale green leaves are covered with a pale blue waxy powder that rubs off when you handle the plant. But fear not, it easily rubs off and is not an irritant. However, you should still wash your hands after handling this plant.

The Burro’s Tail is one of the most loved succulents; learn more about it here.

The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden
Essential for Gardens of The Fairy @beginnerjungle

#7. Jade Plant

If you are looking for succulents that are a complete replica of trees, this is your succulent. The Jade Plant has a thick woody stem and oval-shaped leaves. Their tree-like appearance makes them ideal to be used as small forests in your enchanting fairy garden landscape. The jade plants are also long-lived succulents that will serve as a forest in your miniature garden for a very long time effortlessly. You should unquestionably grow this succulent for luck, too, as it is also known as the Money tree or the Lucky tree.

Want to learn more about the Jade Plant? Make sure you check this article!

#8. The Common Houseleek

This is a low-growing, evergreen succulent plant considered alpine because of its hardiness and resistance to drought. It is commonly called the Hens and Chicks. The ‘hen,’ which is the original rosette, produces ‘chicks’, which are new tiny rosette offsets. The Chicks are used to propagate new offspring exponentially. This species is proper for your miniature garden because it will forever spread into thicker foliage. Well, unless you decide to trim it down for one reason or the other.

#9. Living Stone

Living stones, also known as Lithops, are succulents in the ice plant family. These succulents appear like flat-topped pebbles or rocks. Lithops will unquestionably be a fantastic addition to your fairy garden. And if you grow them strategically in varying sizes to assume rocks in a rocky landscape. You may also use them to mark borders of terraces, driveways, or ponds in your miniature fairy garden landscape.

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Succulent Like Stones @olivra.cactusucculents

How To Care For Your Succulent Fairy Garden

To keep your succulent fairy garden looking this perfect in the future, you’ll need to water and prune it now and then. Succulents need to be watered about once every week or two. When you notice the soil getting dry, take a watering can and soak the soil thoroughly until water starts to run out of the container’s drainage holes. Be careful not to get the leaves of your succulents wet! Allow the succulent soil to drain and completely dry out before you water it again, which should take about a week or two. 

In general, succulents grow slowly, but at some point, they will start to outgrow the container. When that happens, you should prune them to control their size.

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A fairly garden with succulents @amy_gims7

Final Words

Fairy gardens are a beautiful way to display succulents! We hope this tutorial has taught you everything you need to know to create one of your own. If you end up making a fairy garden, share a picture of it with us on Instagram. We’d love to see it! 

Thank you for reading! If you’d like this read, you’ll love our total in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read.

Happy planting!

ABOUT ME

Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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