If you like a bit of mystery and whimsy in your garden you might want to investigate one of the latest trends in gardening. Fairy gardens have intrigued folks by offering up the idea that miniature beings are scampering about their landscape amongst the flora and fauna. Of course the key is you get to enhance this tiny world with miniature plants, structures and imaginative accents. Only your imagination is the boundary to your fairy garden.
Fairy gardens have been created in areas as small as a flowerpot or as sprawling as your entire bac yard. Many have found they enjoy walking through a yard and seeing a diorama peeking out from under a hosta leaf or filling a vintage wheelbarrow. Garden art is really personal, and perhaps you have something that would fill the bill as a receptacle for your fairy garden. The more rustic and natural the better.
As you construct your fairy garden, you can incorporate hills and valleys, water features, paths and appropriate natural surroundings into your plan. Think about what a fairyland would resemble and make it your own. Check out some of the online sites or gardening magazines to get some ideas before your start.
Often folks will choose themes for these little gardens such as a tea party or a camp-out. Holidays are another consistent theme found in these gardens -- after all what self-respecting fairy wouldn't like to live in a pumpkin, a Christmas ornament or an Irish whisky bottle? Male, female, young and old are attracted to this hobby, so the resulting products are varied and deep.
Many of those who have embraced fairy gardening have found that succulents are good plants to use in such a scenario. Small perennials with a slow growing cycle work well in a small garden. Other recommended plants include a variety of ferns, ground covers such as Irish Moss or Baby Tears, or herbs such as thyme and basil. True fairy garden connoisseurs suggest the use of plants with colorful flowers to brighten your fairy space.
Miniature gardens are not new, and so miniature trees and other plants have long been available. When considering plants pick those that are compatible with the space you have chosen to enhance with a fairy garden. Make sure the plants like shade or sun and will grow in the type of soil your yard exhibits.
Once the landscape is complete and the plants are established then a fairy house needs to be designed. This should conceivably be somewhere the fairies can hide from humans and make their home. From there furnishings, fences, wells, miniature animals and more can enhance the fairy's abode. Your only limitation is your purse unless you are crafty and can make these accessories yourself.
There are kits available online and locally for those who want a head start establishing their garden. Creating from scratch is an option as well and help can be found through the many resources on the Internet plus there are books that will walk you through the process. Don't forget that one of the best resources are local nurseries who have displays for their customers to enjoy and perhaps experience to share.
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