The Best Succulents For Fairy Garden (Guide)

Best succulents for your fairy garden

Yes, you might be a lover of nature and specifically of succulents, but you do not have the space to bring up a nursery. You might be residing in a one-room residence or a flat with no balcony. And the only areas that you have are the corner in your study or a tiny place next to your kitchen door. All odds are against you to rear your succulents, but with a  miniature fairy garden, it is possible to grow your own garden. But on a very small scale!

Fairy gardens are the charming small- sized gardens made out of imagination. The whole idea around the name ‘fairy’ is that it should be a sight to behold. The gardens should look something straight out of storybook fantasy. They come in different sizes, shapes, and forms, although they should ideally be smaller than a conventional garden.

Learn more about what a fairy garden is here.

2 Types Of Fairy Gardens

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

Outdoor Fairy Gardens

The whole idea behind the establishments 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 location of placing the garden should be strategic such that it stands out. Now especially that the garden is necessarily small, 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 normal gardens too!

Indoor Fairy Gardens

Indoor Fairy gardens are mostly kept at any indoor space. These areas may include windowsills, room corners, bookshelves, and table-tops, among others. The location is mainly dependant on the size you intend to use. You should, however, make sure 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 is 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 have to take into account first.

The Type Of Garden

As stated above, there are two major types of garden 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 into helping you to decide on what to purchase and the appropriate sizes too. It will also help you choose the best materials suitable for either indoor or outdoor fairy garden. Check here for a useful checklist of the best tools to use when creating a garden like this.

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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 decided on an outdoor patio as opposed to an indoor one, you might end up with a bigger 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.

The Plant Selection

Ideally, you should go for succulents that are small and ones that flourish when grown with other species as well. You might consider cultivating your chosen succulents integrated with other plants such as herbs and flowers. The herbs you can use are rosemary perhaps of their pine needle-shaped leaves of Oregano for their extensive ground coverage. You may use flowering plants such as the Foxgloves, Bluebells, and Violets to give your fairy garden an array of brilliant bright colors.

The Accessories To Use

This is the thrilling part of preparing your fairy garden. Here is where your imagination should run wild and free. Nothing should hold you back. Accessorizing necessitates the usage of miniature every-day objects such as small houses, action figures, among others. The accessories you chose to use should go hand in hand with the theme you settled for. If you decided on medieval scenery, then go for castles, bridges, and castles. And if it is a modern town, use cars, long buildings, and roads. Your creativity should lead you.

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Best Succulents To Use for Fairy Gardens

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.


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 are evergreen and form stunning rosettes of fleshy leaves that grow 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!


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 at a raised position such that the stems cascade downwards.

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Distinctive Looking @smartplantoutdoors


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!


The Mammillaria cacti succulent is a highly-prized crop and is 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.

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, and that is why you should consider picking the dwarf kind. They are ideal for fairy gardens placed on raised ground to give a chance for the stems to waterfall down. The succulent 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. Although you should still wash your hands after handling this plant.

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

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Essential for Gardens of The Fairy @beginnerjungle

Jade Plant

If you are looking for succulents that are a complete replica of trees, then 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!

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 offsprings 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.

Living Stone

Living stones are also known as Lithops and 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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Will You Star a Fairy Garden Now?

Making a dreamland miniature fairy garden should now be a walk in the park. You should let your imagination lead you and grow the succulents named above in the best arrangement possible. Everything goes, so don’t hold back!

Let us know 3 mini succulents you’ll add into your mix for your fairy garden here at our Facebook group Succulent Plant Lounge. We’ve got thousands of people posting daily about their succulent journeys, you should too! Also if you want to check out more in-depth guides, try our ebooks! We’ve helped over thousands of people learn what it takes to grow succulents successfully.

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