Fairy gardens in the middle of life-sized gardens are a delightful surprise for garden visitors young and old. You can create an in situ (in place) fairy garden or miniature garden with any theme you can dream up. These larger mini-gardens are ideal for showcasing collections of plants or for setting up larger furniture and accessories. Do you have an outdoor train set? Make a miniature garden around it to provide more for the train’s passengers to see.

This miniature garden is a woodland hideaway suited for fairies of all shapes and sizes. It even includes a lifelike campfire with marshmallow roasting sticks.

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What a fun surprise to stumble across this fairy hideaway in the middle of a life-sized garden!



Materials

Main materials

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A bigger garden means more room for accessories.

Accessories

  • Rustic wood bench
  • Clay or plastic mushrooms
  • White picket fence
  • Flag and flagpole
  • “No Humans Allowed” sign
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Clothesline
  • Fairy house
  • Resin rabbit
  • Garden tools
  • Campfire and marshmallows
  • Birdbath
  • Basket
  • Watering can
  • Bucket
  • Stone mat

Container

There is no container for this garden. It was planted in the middle of a larger garden in an area that is mostly shaded with a couple of hours of midmorning sun.

Plants

  • Fuchsia spp., fuchsia
  • Heuchera spp., coral bells
  • Abutilon spp., flowering maple
  • Pteris spp., table fern
  • Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nanus’, dwarf mondo grass
  • Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chips’
  • Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ (not pictured)
  • Buxus spp., miniature boxwood
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This empty space will soon be a fairy garden!

Woodland Hideaway Step by Step

Prepare the area

Prepare the area for the miniature garden by digging some potting soil into the area where you plan to plant.

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Place the largest plant or accessory

Place the largest plant or accessory, in this case the fairy house. It will serve as a focal point and anchor, around which you will build the rest of the garden.

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Create the pathway

Create the pathway by removing the steppingstones from the mat and placing them individually in the garden.

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Place the plants

Place the plants. In this garden, they form a horseshoe shape around the fairy house and the patio or pathway.

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Plant the plants

Plant the plants, taking care to make sure they are fully planted at the correct depth. (The soil line of the garden is even with the soil line of the plants’ rootballs.)

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Place the accessories

Place the accessories. Because this is an outdoor garden, ceramic, wood, or plastic accessories work best. Water the garden. You can water outdoor miniature and fairy gardens with the same frequency that you’d water other outdoor annual and perennial gardens.

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Creating Scenes Within a Scene

More space means more room to play. The Woodland Hideaway has several places for fairies to relax, including a campfire, the fairy house, and the rustic garden bench in the shade of a miniature hosta.

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The campfire, including a stack of firewood, log benches, marshmallow sticks, and the fire pit, were handmade by an artist on Etsy.

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A second seating area composed of a garden bench situated between a fuchsia plant and a miniature hosta is completed with a handmade ceramic birdbath and a resin bunny rabbit keeping watch.