For gardeners who enjoy a touch of whimsical nostalgia, a fairy garden is the ideal project. If you have kids, they might also get in on the fun. You might even find yourselves watching the garden on balmy summer nights, hoping to get a glimpse of a magical little visitor. It’s all make-believe, of course, but the kids don’t have to know that!

Fairy gardens have enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent years, with some gardeners even organizing exhibitions and friendly competitions. The hobby combines a love of gardening with a sense of childlike wonder, while adding a unique touch to your patio, porch, or sunroom.

First of all, check out our Pinterest page to see exactly what we’re talking about here. Now that you’re squealing in excitement (we know you are), let’s discuss how you can put together your very own fairy garden.

There are many kits available on the market, or you can just start with a flower pot, large bowl, or hanging planter. Basically, if you can use a container to plant flowers, then you can use it as a fairy garden.

Next, take measurements of your container, and sketch out your ideas for a layout. You might want to include a miniature house for your fairies, a windmill, a teeny bridge, toadstools, or a number of other adorable structures. Pave a little path with pebbles, or cultivate moss to represent a grassy lawn. This is where our Pinterest page will come in handy to give you ideas.

As for plants, choose those that are known for growing well indoors. And, of course, consider the dimensions of your container, since you don’t want to plant something that will outgrow its environment. Succulents and small flowers make excellent choices.

If you’re keeping your fairy garden indoors, place it near a window for adequate light. Or, select a sunny spot on your patio or porch. Select the location based upon the plants you’ve chosen, as some need more light than others. Watering will also depend upon your plants’ needs.

The best thing about fairy gardens is that you’re only limited by your imagination! You can build it as large and complex as you want, and you can change up it by adding new elements periodically. You will enjoy the beauty a fairy garden adds to your surroundings, and you might even find yourself immersed in a captivating new hobby.

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