Make a Fairy Garden -Inspiration

Ilona Erwin


Once upon a time, there was a little clearing in the garden, an empty old wheelbarrow, a broken flower pot… and then inspiration and imagination created an intricate and fascinating tiny world!

After getting the basic fairy garden components together, perhaps you would like a little more inspiration. Here are some pictures and resource ideas to ignite your imagination and inspire your own fairy garden.

How to make a Fairy Garden

Everything you want to know to make a Fairy Garden. All the steps to make your own fairy garden, the place, the plants, and the plan.

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Scan down the page for plant suggestions…

Fairy Garden Plants

Wooly thyme (Thymus Lanuginosus)
All about thyme, plant profile

Irish moss (Sagina subulata)
Morning sun with normal moisture. I grow some between pavement sections and it is hardy in Zone 5. Native to wet, gravelly sands.

Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis)
Height: Low ground level mat.
Spread: 18 – 24″
USDA Zones: 5 – 9
Full Sun – Partial Shade

Alpine Cranesbill (Erodium reichardii) “Dark Eyes”
Hardy to USDA Zone 7a
Full Sun

Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida) “Platts Black”
Plant needs:
Zone: 4 to 10
Height: 0 to 0.25 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 1 foot
Bloom Time: June – July
Bloom Color: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

Primroses, Primula veris
Hardy to zone 4, part shade, moist soil, benefits from added organic matter.

Miniature mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicum ‘Nana’
Hardy to USDA Zones 6-10
Part Sun to Shade
Medium to Low moisture

Annuals: Lobelia erinus, Dahlberg daisies,Leptosiphon.

For Terrariums

Indoor terrarium fairy garden plants.
* Cushion moss (leucobryum)
* Hair cap moss (polytrichum)
* Reindeer moss (cladonia rangiferina)
* Irish moss (sagina subulata)
* Fern moss (selaginella)
* Club moss (selaginella krausiana)
* Autumn fern (dryoptersis erythrosora)
* Mini phalaenopsis orchids
* Baby’s tears (soleirolia soleirolii)

How To Make A Fairy Garden Terrarium


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fairy garden ideas

Plants used in the picture above include Sweet Alyssum [annual], Irish moss [perennial], Wooly thyme [perennial], Armeria [perennial], Candytuft [annual], Needleleaf Ivy [tender], Polka-dot plant [tender]. It is the accessories that add the magic!

Find arbors, wheelbarrows and much more with link to Miniature Accessories

Fairy Garden Extras – a collection of fairies and furniture, and other small delights.

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fairy garden






Fairy Garden Zazzle products
Fairy Houses

An entertaining video on making a fairy house.



Inspirational Resources

To make mini gardens in general, and fairy gardens…
Two Green Thumbs Shop

The Mini Garden Guru

Build a Fairy House

Make a Fairy Bed

Whimsical Fairy Garden

Fairy House Mushroom Garden

Fairy Laundry Day

Fairy Houses tucked into a hill.

Fairy Houses from Tracy Kane


About Hungarian Fairies

The Fascination Of Fairy Homes


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I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.