Fairy Gardens

Bringing the Magic in Miniature

With a little imagination and a few basic materials, fairy gardens can add magic to your indoor and outdoor living space.  Bison Nursery is paving the way for fairy garden enthusiasts and leads the Western New York area in fairy garden plant material and accessory selection. 

What are Fairy Gardens?

Fairy gardens are miniature landscapes created using small-scale plants and accessories. These little scenes are essential for attracting those little elusive fairies to your home and garden.  A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and actual living plants.  It is designed to give your green thumb a place to tend year-round and to lure fairies and with them, good luck, to your home.  It’s a tiny space created and tended with love.  The design and components are limited only by your imagination.  Just a touch of inspiration, a cute container, some plants and a few accessories are all it takes to get the magic of a fairy garden growing.  Miniature fairy gardens are a great way to add whimsy to your outdoor spaces, and we have a wide selection of fairy houses, fairy furniture, fairy accessories and fairy garden kits so you can create your own unique and magical miniature gardens

In designing a fairy garden, your first decision is whether or not to create one in a pot to be enjoyed indoors, or on your porch, or if you’d like to create one instead, in the landscape of your yard.

An outdoor fairy garden can be as small or large as your area allows. Choose a spot beneath a hosta leaf, under a tree in a shady spot, in a birdbath or an abandoned tree stump. Add a bench, a tiny birdhouse and a bird bath and you have a secluded place for fairies to linger. If you have room, add a path that leads to a lighted house complete with a picket fence.  Plant small terrarium-sized plants like baby tears or ivies. Hang a tire swing on a nearby branch to entice an entire fairy family to move in! The possibilities are endless!!

Many people also choose to start a container fairy garden.  These are best for those who want to bring their garden indoors, may not have a lot of outdoor space for their gardens or can no longer bend and do the work in an actual outdoor garden.  Container gardens, which can be grown indoors as well as outside in warmer months, offer accessibility to older adults with limited mobility or to those who are living in a retirement community or nursing home.  A Fairy Garden may be just the thing to bring a smile to their face and brightness to their room.  

What are Fairy Plants?

The plants in the Fairy Plants line have been selected because they naturally stay small or can be trimmed to stay tiny.  These flowers and plants thrive as outdoor plants in the height of your growing season and as indoor plants the remainder of the year.  With proper pruning and care, Fairy Plants are designed to flourish in small spaces indefinitely.

Fairy Garden Folklore

Common Celtic belief is that fairies were driven away by humans to live in the other world. However, many fairies have chosen to stay among us. Fairies wear flowers for clothes, which makes them hard to find. They are said to have magical powers, are very shy, and tend to be a little mischievous. Fairies like to play tricks; they move things around in the garden and hide things just for their own amusement. They love to dance and play. If you look closely, you may see them dancing in the dark with the fireflies.

While they make their homes in the holes of trees, fallen logs, and mossy hillsides, they are never ones to turn down a ready-made dwelling. Fairies would rather play than work; a fairy house and a garden is always appreciated!

How to Build a Fairy Garden

1. Choose a container

A container with a drainage hole is best when using live plants. Plastic or terra cotta pots work great. Glass bowls and jars show off all the layers.

2. Layer your materials

First, place a layer of pebbles for drainage.  Next, place a layer of charcoal to keep the soil fresh. Fill with potting soil.

Cover the soil with bark, pebbles or sheet moss. 
You can use these materials to create grass and paths, too.

3. Choose a theme

English cottage, fairy tale, nature-based, tree house . . . . 
it’s up to your imagination. Look to your fairies to give you clues and inspiration.

4. Pick your plants

Choose plants with compatible light and watering requirements. Choose miniature plants or those that you can prune and train easily.

Use ferns for trees, lipstick or goldfish plant for bushes. Baby tears make a nice ground cover, and ivies and angel vine are great climbers.

Miniature violets and roses add color to the scene.

5. Add the fairy and fill in with accessories

Chairs, benches, trellises, garden tools and more are all available at Bison Nursery. You also can fashion your own structures and accessories from everyday household items or leftover craft supplies.

6. Fairy garden TLC 

Remember to water and fertilize carefully, because everything is little. And have fun! Involve your family, friends, kids and grandchildren.

Having trouble getting started?

Bison Nursery has many talented fairy garden enthusiasts on staff to help you get started, or let one of our designers create one for you.