Fairy Garden Plants – Which Are Best?

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You may have seen a ‘Fairy Garden Plants and Accessories’ section pop up in your local garden centre. Akin to doll houses, this new trend takes the leaf houses and lawn cutting carpets of childhood to a whole new level.

These miniature gardens are a great way to introduce children to gardening. Many adults without access to outdoor space are finding planting and designing with fairy garden plants a therapeutic hobby too. There’s no need to mow the lawn with these pocket-sized havens!

Which are the best fairy garden plants?

Colourful, delicate but compact plants are ideal. Unlike normal gardening, you will probably want to restrict growth. Do this by keeping the plant in its pot when you plant it.

Alpines, succulents and any minature varieties are perfect fairy garden plants. Here are some suggestions:

Corsican mint (Menthe requienii)

Tiny purple flowers and small green leaves make this an ideal fairy garden plant. It’s also very fragrant.

Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus)

Children love its furry foilage. It stays low, smells wonderful and is everygreen. Plus occasionally it shows soft-pink flowers.

Creeping thyme

Miniature roses

Oxalis (oxalis corniculata)

Creeping speedwell

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)

Sea thrift (Armeria maritima)

Succulents such as stonecrops

Trees – try dwarf varieties such as this dwarf golden Japanese Yew

Where should I place my fairy garden?

Fairy garden plants seem to thrive best when they experience sunny mornings and shady afternoons. So pick a spot with an east or south-easterly aspect.

Creating the right base

  1. As with any container planting, drainage is important to make sure your fairy garden plants thrive. Make sure you have drainage holes in your container.
  2. Add a layer of small rocks or pea gravel.
  3. Add your soil base.

What sort of soil should I use?

Most fairy garden plants will respond well to our peat-free organic potting loam compost. Loam is a soil which combines clay, silt and sand. It combines water and nutrient retention with drainage properties. Because of the coir content, you will need to water less frequently than with traditional composts. Nutrients in the compost will help the plants grow well.

Alternatively, you may want to use our peat-free coconut coir to lighten your own soil or compost and make it drain more easily. Our 4cm Cocopeat discs are perfect if you don’t have much room for storage.

If you need soil improvers, perlite and vermiculite are great for keeping soil light and well-drained.

Some inspiration

Fairy Garden kit provider?

Would you like to include the perfect amount of soil for your Fairy Garden kit? We can supply small bags of compost or coir. Take a look at our blog about how we supply the horticulture trade.

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