Creativity At Its Best: Build a Fairy Garden

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A fairy garden is an extension of a gardener’s creativity mixed with a fantasy garden setting of fairies and elves. It is also a place that would ultimately harbor many species of flowering plants, birds and butterflies. Apart from the setting, a fairy garden reflects the colors of the rainbow with stones, walls, and accessories ranging from mixtures of red, yellow and blue.

Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden (Photo: Immanuel Giel)

Essential requirements necessary to create a fairy garden:

Garden space

Every gardener’s vision of a beautiful garden begins with the availability of space. If space is limited, the chances of creating a well defined fairy garden are limited, as there will probably be no space for a large tree (to represent Oak) along with many fruiting and flowering plants. A spacious garden is most ideal for a fairy garden as it gives room for imagination and creativity to bloom.


Once you have an idea of the space available for your fairy garden, draw up a plan. Remember that the plan deals with 30-40% of the work that will have to be put into creating a fairy garden. A plan is like a blue print; hence take time to draw up a well thought-out and calculated plan. A good plan not only gives an idea of how your garden will look, but it will also minimize expenses with little to no rework. An ideal fairy garden plan would include:

An Oak tree

The Oak tree is part of fairy tales and hence a fairy garden centers on the presence of an oak tree. If an oak tree is not part of your garden or if it does not grow in your geographical location, then have a huge tree take the place of The Oak. This means that your garden would be planned based on the tree that is already part of the landscape.

Fruit trees

Trees may already be part of the garden, and the more fruit trees there are, the more ideal a setting it would create. If a garden does not have fruit trees, they can be planted in no time, or grown from seed or sapling stages, to ultimately, in time, give a fruity appearance.

Flowering plants

Flowers are the very heart of a fairy garden. The big yellow sunflowers, tulips in varying colors, honeysuckle, lilies, pansies, foxglove, daisies, asters, cosmos, marigolds, lavender, lilacs and a host of other colorful flowering plants are ideal for a fairy garden setting.

A stream/ bridge

While this is most ideal if there is a naturally running stream in the vicinity, a small miniature stream can be created with basic construction material to include even a bridge.

Landscaping fixtures

Wooden trellises for twining plants, creepers and additional fairy-like accessories make a wonderful fairy garden setting. Stones and brickwork can depict caves and goblin homes. Logs and wood stumps are good for adding the fairytale look. Paint fixtures in bright colors to reflect the fairy tale of your choice.

Hummingbird house

Small birds, especially the little hummingbirds are a must for every fairy garden. They are easy to maintain and a delight to the eye. Build small hummingbird houses or even bird houses for other species of birds to live in. The abundance of flowers will encourage colorful and garden friendly birds to dwell there.


Apart from the plants, birds and landscape settings, there are a lot of small fairytale accessories that should be part of an ideal fairy garden. Create a fairy garden with miniature sized fairies, elves, goblins, toads and toadstools, wooden / twig chairs, garden statues, rainbows, acorns, fountains, unicorns, hedgehogs, birdbath, and a castle. Different areas of the garden can depict different fairy tales.

Creating a fairy garden takes time and work, especially if it is a first attempt. Use your imagination, coupled with an idea of how much you would like to spend to create this ideal fairy garden. As always, this can also be done in stages over a long period of time to give you the ultimate fairy garden of your dreams.

Amanda Dcosta

Amanda writes about botany and plants from the deserts of Oman where summer temperatures climb to 130 Fahrenheit. Amanda has a BSc in Botany and is a co-author of Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: From Acacia to Zinnia. Read more articles by Amanda.

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