Fairy Garden Plants and Flowers

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If you’re just getting into miniature fairy gardens, you’ll love these great ideas and examples of Fairy Garden Flowers And Plants available on the market today; either at your local nursery or garden center. Keep in mind that most of these might not work as well in a miniature garden as they will in a regular sized garden, or require a some attention 🙂

A fairy garden is small scale and requires miniature plants to not only balance the scene but grow right. If you’re doing your own research, you’ll want to find trusted sources for your plants that are miniature in nature. You can do the research and find what you’re looking for, or you can find a company that does miniature gardens and go from there.

Things To Consider For Fairy Garden Plants

Seek out slower growing plants for a mini garden. You’ll appreciate conifers that only grow about one inch per year.

elfin thyme

Elfin Thyme

There are also some slow growing dwarf plants that grow less than 3 inches per year.

Plants with smaller leaves and smaller stems. Consider miniature daisies, tiny flowers and tiny leaves will remain small. Elfin thyme is an excellent option. It spreads as a ground cover, but the leaves remain small and it has smaller purple flowers as well. The aroma is a bonus.

jaqueline hiller elm

Jacqueline Hillier Elm

Another is the Jacqueline Hillier Elm that you can prune to slow up the growth rate even more. Really it depends on the location of your garden and geography; what climate zone you are in.

In the Ground vs Container Fairy Gardens

Select plants that will be hardy and notice how they vary. Remember, a container garden is going to remain warmer than an in the ground garden. Container plants won’t have the same insulation as those in the ground. e.g. Mont Bruno Boxwood will remain hardy to below 30 Fahrenheit or to Zone 4. In a pot, it’s only hardy to below 15 Fahrenheit or to Zone 6. By selecting hardier plants you’ll be more successful.

The USDA Plant Hardiness map for zones is what gardeners gauge which plants will be hardiest per location. Based on an average minimum winter temperature it’s divided up into 10 zones and the degrees at which they will be.

If you’re unsure of what zone you live in, you can find out on the USDA site and check by your local zip code. It will list out the gardening zones so that you can determine which plants are best for your specific needs and requirements. This type of gardening is exciting and with a little experience you can master fairy garden plants and flowers. Also, when in doubt, ask the local experts at your nursery or garden center.

More to come,

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