Using Plants in Your Home Part 5 :: Fairy Gardens, They Aren’t Just for Little Old Ladies

The Wee Garden

Have you seen all the adorable miniature garden ideas?  Containers of some sort (wood boxes, planters, drawers, wheel barrows, bird baths…) hold a little scene full of tiny living plants along with little adornments like garden benches, hardscapes and paths.  They are absolutely enchanting for all ages and how fun to shop the house and find special little things to decorate your tiny garden whether indoors or out.

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BHG :: Stop the world!

The Wee Garden

My small attempt at a miniature garden happened in the big planter. I bought some plants that started off tiny and crossed my fingers.  Of course, with my luck, the plants grew tremendously.  I knew that the creeping fig would take off but, I figured I could try to make a little tent like topiary to help support it.  After a few months, the plants have taken over and you can’t see much of the Foo dogs and their play land.  I guess I could cut them back but who am I kidding, I’m not going to be doing that.

The photo above is from a few months ago….

And today?  You are lucky to find both dogs.  So I needed to research the best plants to use for a Fairy Garden and I thought I’d share what I found–just a few links to some great resources (be sure to click on them to learn more) and just enough photos to make you want to curse me because now you are deciding that it’s imperative for you to create a fairy garden immediately.

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Janit @ Two Green Thumbs

Not only can you plant real, live tiny plants in your garden.  Consider little succulent cuttings planted in little baskets, urns and tiny pots. Be still my beating heart!  Check out Janit’s etsy shop for more ideas– and if you are really ambitious, you can buy a 20 minute phone session with Janit.

Melissa’s Fairy Garden


 List of what NOT to use 

What TO use

Plant a Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

Did you see the announcement? Let’s meet back here next Monday for a Planty Linky party.  If you’ve been inspired to plant something and want to share it, we’d love to see it.  This is only for plants–if you did a great rug DIY where there happens to be a plant in the corner of the photo? That doesn’t count.  Feel free to link up an old post as long as it’s relevant to plants and my only request is ONE link per person–if you have a few really great plant posts you want to link up, write one post and include links to your other posts and let us choose what we want to read about.

Need more planty inspiration?

How to Decorate With Plants

Plants In My Home

Using Planters Indoors and Out

Terrariums :: you know you want one…

The Planty Pinterest Board

(yikes, this board alone already has almost 20,000 followers and is just two weeks old~pure planty eye candy featuring furniture made from moss, outdoor rooms, urny splendor straight from the heavenly realms, more fairy gardens, quirky planters, secret gardens and more decorating with plants )


  1. Exactly what I’m planning to work on today! Off to search for the perfect container…

  2. I want an urn now!!!!… I just need a bigger garden… Woaw almost 20,000 followers in Pinterest! that crazy! Congratulations!

  3. This looks fun. Reminds me of the terrariums we used to make in college … ages and ages ago.

  4. What a fun surprise for the garden! I love the one with the little dollhouse bench! I’m kicking myself for not having picked up any doll furniture when the local hobby shop closed it’s doors. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I thought of you this weekend while at our local garden show. While the usual vendors were there, selling their wonderful tomato plants, seeds and landscaping rocks, there were many booths dedicated to terrariums and mini/fairy gardens. Oh how I wished you were with me there to take in all the inspiration! I did buy one succulent plant, in a cool trophy urn (to be proudly shown off at your linky), but the most fun was coming home and making 2 mini terrariums for my girls, complete with butterflies =) I also bought a large apothecary at Michael’s yesterday and can’t wait to fill er up with succulents! Thanks for the fun series and the inspiration!

  6. my favorite series e.v.e.r.

  7. Ok, this is the 2nd post I have seen about Fairy gardens this morning and now I am hooked! Go check out Laura’s on Finding Home, she built one with her daughter’s it is adorable! I’ve got to get busy I have the perfect project for the linky party!

  8. My daughters and I just finished a fairy garden this weekend – it was so fun to find what could be used in miniature and they had a blast working on it. I have the bug now and want to do more. Would love to do one in an old crate like you have pictured above and real simple and serene – our current one is fun and hopefully inviting for fairies!

    Thanks for sharing,

  9. Sometimes I handbuild in high-fire clay, and I so want to make some fairy garden spots for the yard – love the inspiration.

  10. I wasn’t sure if a fairy garden would appeal to me, but….I.Want.One. I can’t believe how this series of posts on plants has had such an effect on me. I haven’t been this excited about plants since I was little. Thank you. You have awakened a passion of mine that has been asleep for years!

    • OH Lisa, that is such a HUGE compliment (or at least that’s the way I’m taking it!!!)) So happy you are excited about plants!!!! me too!! And for the record, I never thought I’d like anything with the word “fairy” in it!!!

  11. My son would LOVE this as a 4H project. He has always been interested in gardening with his daddy. And this mini garden would be awesome to show…I can’t wait to show him all your pictures.

  12. I have been wondering what to do with the old bird bath I salvaged from a neighbors trash pile… I think it should be a little garden!

  13. what’s in there with that creeping fig? i love your planter…and that little bunting…its just adorable. Makes me want to put buntings everywhere!

  14. I’ve got to get started on mine–thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I know I can’t get enough of them too!

  16. I am SO making one of these ( or a dozen ) ! Hope to have a post ready to show off my planties !

  17. Thanks to your post, I now know what to do with that drawer I picked up from a curb. It’s going to be a Fairy Garden!

  18. TINY AND ADORABLE, AAAUUGGGHHHH!! I garden and I like plants indoors, but I wasn’t super interested in the posts about planters and such. But this… this, my friend, reignited a dormant obsession with dollhouse miniatures that occupied ten years of my youth. Now I play with real houses, but all of a sudden I want a tiny adorable fairy garden! Curses!

  19. Maybe I’ve been living under a, uh, rock, but I have never really heard of a fairy garden before! Your series has reallly made me want to get in touch with my not-so-green thumb! Great job!

  20. These little gardens are so cute! My mom just took a class at a local nursery over the weekend- she said it was so fun!

  21. I started this thinking “oh dear, I couldn’t care less about this” and now I want to leave my life until I have a fairy garden completely completed.

  22. Little Old Lady says

    Hey! I resemble that remark about us little old ladies. And I was just thinking about making a fairy garden. For my granddaughters, of course.

  23. Ah… favorite topic! Loved this post. I got the bug a few years ago and have been making them ever since! Check out my pictures at my flickr site:

  24. Ok. seriously?! So inspired! I love the tiny gardens. Thank you for showing these!

  25. Vickie H. says

    These are ADORABLE! WHERE did you get those tiny turquoise FOO DOGS? I NEED A PAIR NOW!!!

    Thanks for sharing these GREAT IDEAS!!!

  26. Those are toooooo cute! I love them. Love the fact that plants are making a comeback to the inside of the house. Thanks for sharing. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  27. I love Fairy Gardens, I never knew how much until I made one with my granddaughter. What a delight!! I did a post on it here

    Once you make one you will want more!! Love this post,

  28. these are so adorable!

  29. dawww, I really like those blue dogs!
    Awesome Idea!
    Do they protect the fairy garden?

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  31. Its an intriguing verdict, i’ve checked out many various viewpoints though its hard to inform who to depend on

  32. Eeeeeeeee! I’m searching everywhere to tiny foo dogs JUST like yours. Where did you get yours?

  33. oops “searching everywhere to *find* tiny foo dogs”

  34. Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out
    and say I really enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?
    Thanks a lot!

  35. Hi, I wanted to see if you can tell me what was used as a pond in the fairy garden labeled Two Green Thumbs. Thank you

  36. i am in love with the your pond. I have been trying
    To make one that looks real, Yours is incredible. Could
    you let me know how you made it?

  37. Hi Nester! Many thanks for spreading the joy of miniature gardening. That first image is doing well on Pinterest. Can you please fix the link under it when you get a moment? It looks like you linked to a newsletter not my website. Thank you again! – Janit

  38. How about a christmas fairy garden? Hmmm

  39. joyshree gogoi says

    thanks for the inspiration. Now I ma trying to make a fairy garden.

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