Is there anything more quaint or more idyllic for your yard than a fairy garden? Fairy gardens are a recent landscaping theme to gain popularity among green thumbs. These serene landscapes are usually done in miniature, and there may be just one or two in a yard, or it may be taken over by many small fairy scenes in hidden corners. If you are just beginning your first fairy garden, or have plans for many, here are a three things to include in those tiny, adorable fairy gardens.
1) The right container
Since fairy gardening is usually container gardening, you need to start with the right container. You may already have an idea of how your fairy garden will proceed, so be sure to have the right size and shape of container. The most important feature of your container should be good drainage. Old pots, worn terracotta or even a wedge of a tree trunk could be used. Be sure to buy good potting soil, since you won't have the nutrient advantage of an in ground garden. Making a fairy garden is a great way to re-use old landscaping materials or containers that have been sitting in your potting shod.
2) The garden for your fairies
To begin, you need to plan out your garden with the plants you will use. Low growing plants, flowers that are tiny and bloom close to the ground, herbs and ground cover plants are all ideal to map out your fairy garden. Think dwarf trees, tiny vines, plants as trees, and tiny flowering ground cover to make paths. Keep color and texture in mind. As long as there is variety and the growth heights are very low, you can't have too many plants in your fairy garden.
3) Find your fairies
Unfortunately, fairies have to be purchased and not discovered. Find the fairies of your dreams at your local gardening store, or online. You may want to create a scene with more miniatures, like tiny cottages, pebble pathways and rustic miniature wood arches or chairs. You can also find miniatures you can use from stores specializing in miniatures, as many collectors covet them. With a little imagination, a few purchases and some gardening patience, you can grow the fairy garden of your dreams. Be sure to adjust it on a regular basis, removing weed and trimming plants. You will probably want to shelter it during a rainstorm, but unless there is damage to the figurines, it can probably be rescued regardless. Plan your fairy garden now, and enjoy it all summer long!
For more information or assistance, contact a local landscaping company, like Budget Landscaping.