How to Get the Garden Into Your Fairy Garden
~ So there is was, a huge box full of soil with toys scattered about, a plant in one corner and a house in the other. I looked up and took in the gorgeous view of Lake Washington as the sunset lit up the late afternoon sky.
Did she know who I was? Should I tell her?
I didn’t know what to say. The woman only knew I was into miniature gardening, she didn’t know my history nor my day-job. I was thinking that maybe I should quickly switch the conversation to the sunset or the Mariners. Lol!
But I [still] see it everywhere on the web these days. (This was first published in October of 2015.) Boxes, wheelbarrows, pots, containers and even in-ground: fairy gardens without any sort of garden element, maybe a plant or two. Perhaps we should start calling them fairy sandboxes? Fairy soil-boxes?
You can get the garden into your fairy garden even if it’s in a pot. Here is a short visual essay, using fairy accessories, to show you how planting a few trees and shrubs for your fairies to hide in, can increase the enchantment dramatically.
The little shrub on the left is a Duflon Fir. The tree on the right is a Majestic Japanese Holly.
(Garden at top: Elwood Cypresses with ground cover Thyme on the left and Cranesbill Flore Pleno on the right.)
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The tree above is Jervis Canada Hemlock. See all our miniature and dwarf Hemlocks for gardening in miniature here. Check back often because our inventory is always changing.
The tree is Nana Hinoki Cypress. See what Hinoki Cypress we have in stock today. Check back often because our inventory is always changing.
The tree in the back is Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress (we don’t see that tree very much these days, the Nana Hinoki Cypress is very similar.) The bushes in the front are baby Podocarpus.
This was an indoor garden I made for a Plow & Hearth store. I used Wilma Cypress and Variegated Boxwood trees, combined them with Dwarf Mondo Grass, Baby Tears and small ivy starts.
The tree is Jervis Canada Hemlock (can you tell it’s a favorite tree of mine? More coming in the fall.)
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