Fairy gardens are a variation of the miniature gardens which have been creating quite a buzz for a couple of years now. Fairy gardens seem to look best in a container of some sort although of course, it’s also possible to create one as part of your main garden or as a feature in an existing area.
You can buy a beautiful tub, half a barrel or similar, or get creative with Belfast sinks, tin bathtubs, old tires, or large flower pots- there’s no right or wrong container. What makes up a fairy garden? It’s really only limited by your imagination, but in general, a fairy garden will consist of a container, miniature plants either in pots or planted, moss, crystals, stones/pebbles, and perhaps a fairy house or two.
It’s also possible to incorporate ponds, rivers, and accessories- there are manufacturers producing a wide range of amazing items to fully accessorize your garden, from stepping stones and seats to swings and garden implements. Generally speaking the more unique the better- try beachcombing or countryside walks to find unusual objects, wood, rocks, fossils, etc which might come in useful. It’s a good idea to have everything ready near where you will site your garden before you start so you don’t have to carry your creation to its new home after you have made it- depending on the construction they can be quite heavy.
I use fish tank gravel for paths as it’s small and colorful. I have also collected shells, pretty stones, tumbled glass and crystals and other little bits and pieces to go along the edge of paths. Try using a small bowl to make a pond and put garden furniture on the moss to make an outdoor scene. Small mirrors also work well as ponds and to reflect light into the garden. You will view your child’s Lego and dolls house furniture in a new light: as something to value rather than go up the vacuum! I find that sparkly things like glass beads really add to the magic.