Over the years, we've received many inquiries about the plants we've used in our photographs. We've compiled a list of our favorite fairy garden plants that work well in our gardening zone. This is by no means a definitive fairy garden list, just a few of our favorites. We recommend that you consult a local nursery to find plants that will work in your unique fairy gardens.
Each gardening zone poses its own unique challenges and ours is definitely countering the extreme heat during the summer months and the many rabbits and squirrels that make their home in our garden.
We've collected some of our favorite garden plants to enchant your garden and attract fairies or magical wee folk.
Wooly thyme (Thymus Lanuginosus):
A favorite ground cover in our fairy gardens that spreads quickly. This gorgeous and hardy ground cover is ideal for outdoor gardens and fairly bunny proof. That's always a consideration for our fairy garden as our fairy pond attracts all sorts of critters, but it's a great pastime to sit and watch all of our furry friends visit our magical fairy garden. Wooly thyme ground cover is also very heat and drought resistant.
Ornamental strawberry (Rosacae)
This miniature ground cover is heat tolerant and looks great all year long! White blossoms in spring and tiny delicate strawberries in the summer. Be sure to expect our feathered friends to feast on the tiny strawberries.
Irish moss (Sagina suulata):
This is the perfect miniature ground cover for any hills or miniature mountains in your fairy garden .During Spring and Summer you can enjoy delicate tiny white flowers. While beautiful, this miniature ground cover does not flourish in extreme heat. If you live in a very dry hot climate consider substituting Australian astro turf.
Blue Star Creeper (Isomtoma):
This miniature ground cover grows a bit taller, up to six inches but boasts dazzling blue flowers perfect for fairies.
Baby tears (Soleirolia):
This miniature ground cover looks decadently lush and green, giving your miniature fairy garden an elfin forest look. This miniature ground cover needs plenty of water and shade during the summer months.
Cranesbill (Erodium reichardi) "Dark Eyes"
A hardy little plant with delicate long blooming small pink flower. Absolutely beautiful!
Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida) "Platts Black"
This is a really fun miniature ground cover that resembles miniature ferns. This miniature garden ground cover would make a great forest floor for a wooded fairy garden. Complete with tiny yellow button flowers when blooming.
Enchant your fairy garden with a few of these herbs and plants to help attract fairies and magical wee folk to your fantasy fairy garden.
Thyme - An enchanted herb that transfixes fairies. Thyme is an aromatic herb often used in cooking that helps protect your garden from too much fairy mischief yet is irresistible to fairies.
Primroses: A delicate divinely beautiful flowers that's a favorite of flower fairies.
Rosemary: This versatile herb is a favorite of fairies, elves, and other magical folk. Thick rosemary bushes provide a favorite place for fairies to hide.
Calendula - A hardy flower and plant that attracts fairies into your garden.
Roses - A fairy garden staple, these fragrant blooms are a favorite of fairies and magical creatures.
Did you know color can play a roll in enchanting your garden and bringing luck and prosperity?
Purple Flowers - Fairies are definitely attracted to this enchanted color of flower. Purple is a color of mystery, enchantment, spirituality and passion. Purple is also a favorite color of fairy royalty.
Pink Flowers - Pink flowers flourishing in your fairy garden will attract the more gentle and quiet fairies as pink flowers represent kindness, gentleness, friendship and love.
White Flowers - Magical white flowers will attract fairies of every kind into your fairy garden. White is an inherently magical color representing loyalty, tranquility, innocence, truth and protection. White flowers also attract fairies by night representing the world of sleep, dreams, and tied to the lunar cycle.
Red Flowers - Fairies and their feathered hummingbird friends are attracted to vibrant red flowers symbolizing desire, love, creativity, energy and inspiration.
Blue Flowers - Blue flowers will flourish in your fairy garden as they portray fantasy and intrigue. Blue flowers also represent serenity and secret intuition.
Orange Flowers - Orange and gentle peach flowers are colors of joy, pride, and positive energy. Playful fairies will flock around orange flowers in joy.
Flowers aren't the only magical plants that attract fairies, fairies have long been woodland spirits frolicking under the canopy of trees. We've compiled a few magical trees that fairies love to visit.
Willow Trees - Spirituality, the cycle of life, and the spirituality, the cycle of life, and the world of intuition and dreams.
Oak Trees - Fairies and magical wee folk are attracted to oak trees for the same reasons that we are. Oak trees are symbols of unyielding stability, courage, life and rejuvenation.
Rowan Trees - Rowan trees have long been associated with fairies, as it has been seen as a magical mystical tree since Druid times. Travelers who didn't want to be waylaid by mischievous would travel far around Rowan trees. Rowan trees represent magic, rebirth, intuition and creativity.
Apple Trees - Loved by fairies for their fragrant blossoms, apple trees are symbols of first loves, youth, innocence and eternity.
Cedar Trees - Cedar trees are magical trees of protection thought to ward off evil and a symbol of confidence and good health.
Ash Trees - Ash trees are naturally magical trees that fairies flock to. A favorite wood of tree makers, ash symbolizes beauty, ambition and magical properties.
Pine Trees - Fairies appreciate the stability of pine trees representing friendship, stability and reliability.
If you have any questions, comments or would like to collaborate on a fairy garden or web project, please don't hesitate to email us. Happy miniature fairy gardening!