How to Get the Garden Into Your Fairy Garden

Put the garden into your fairy garden and create enchantment at the same time.

How to Get the Garden Into Your Fairy Garden

So there is was, a huge box full of soil with toys scattered about, a plant in one corner and a house in the other. I looked up and took in the gorgeous view of Lake Washington.

Did she know who I was? Should I tell her?

I didn’t know what to say. The woman only knew I was into miniature gardening, she didn’t know my history nor my day-job.

Maybe I could switch the conversation to the sunset.

But I see it everywhere on the web these days. Boxes, wheelbarrows, pots, containers and even in-ground: fairy gardens without any sort of garden element, maybe a plant or two. Perhaps we should start calling them fairy sandboxes? Fairy soil-boxes?

You can get the garden into your fairy garden even if it’s in a pot. Here is a short visual essay, using fairy accessories, to show you how planting a few trees and shrubs for your fairies to hide in, can increase the enchantment dramatically.

Click the photos to enlarge them.

Tip 1: By using the accessories in the garden as you would in your full-sized garden, you can begin to sort out your garden rooms.

Tip 1: By using the accessories in the garden as you would in your full-sized garden, you can begin to sort out your garden rooms.

The little shrub on the left is a Duflon Fir. The tree on the right is a Majestic Japanese Holly.

(Garden at top: Elwood Cypresses with ground cover Thyme on the left and Cranesbill Flore Pleno on the right.)

Tip 2: Create garden beds like you do in full-sized gardening. Include plants with different heights and textures.

Tip 2: Create garden beds like you do in full-sized gardening. Include plants with different heights and textures.

The tree is Jervis Canada Hemlock.

Tip 3: Less is more. One idea at a time, one idea per pot.

Tip 3: Less is more. One idea at a time, one idea per pot. Keep it simple.

The tree is Nana Hinoki Cypress.

Tip 5: Let it grow. Give the miniature and dwarf trees a chance to grow in and up. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Tip 5: Let it grow. Give the miniature and dwarf trees a chance to grow in and up. It may take a few years, but you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. You can always start with bigger trees, but be prepared to pay dearly for them.

The tree in the back is Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress (we don’t see that tree very much these days, the Nana Hinoki Cypress is very similar.) The bushes in the front are Podocarpus babies.

Tip 5: If you have a large container, create garden rooms by dividing up the space with garden beds or rockeries, like you would do in a full-sized garden.

Tip 5: If you have a large container, create garden rooms by dividing up the space with garden beds or rockeries, like you would do in a full-sized garden. Above, I made one side a realistic garden and the other side was very fairy.

This was an indoor garden I made for a Plow & Hearth store. I used Wilma Cypress and Variegated Boxwood trees, combined them with Dwarf Mondo Grass, Baby Tears and small ivy starts.

Tip 6: Make them work for it. We have a tiny secret garden behind this patio. Only the very observant see it.

Tip 6: Make them work for it. We have a tiny secret garden behind this patio. Only the very observant see it.

The tree is Jervis Canada Hemlock (can you tell it’s a favorite tree of mine? More coming in the fall.)

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Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

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8 Comments »

  1. Angela said

    Love your gardens…Are these all plastic plants or real? I’m just starting a fairy garden and I need help on what plants…Thank you

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  2. Shirley Kimball said

    You are amazingly creative! How I wish my 85
    Years (March 27th) had discovered you
    30 years ago! Shirley Kimball – WESLEY
    HOMES & GARDENS, Des Moines, WA

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  3. Laquietta Furrh said

    love the small living trees how do i get some

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  4. Alina said

    This is awesome! Lovely arrangements!

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