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Plant a fairy garden to accent perennials

Have you ever designed a fairy garden?
Have you ever designed a fairy garden?
Copyright Jaipi Sixbear 2011 All rights reserved

Have you ever designed a fairy garden? They make a wonderful accent to your perennials. Let's back up a bit. Do you know what a fairy garden is? It's a gathering of tiny fairy sized houses in a small garden bed. It can be elaborate, with paths, pint size gardens and more. You can also keep it simple by just adding one tiny house and a few accessories. Either way, it's a fun project and an inspiring conversation piece. Here's how the ultra simple one in the picture was made.

Perennials were planted before constructing this fairy garden.

Here you see that the perennials were widely dispersed in a 4x4 raised garden bed. Leaving space between your perennials gives them plenty of room to grow in the future. It also allows them more adequate nutrition. Once your perennials are stable in their new home, it's time to proceed with your fairy garden.

The fairy houses were made from cheap craft store birdhouses.

*The perches were removed from the birdhouses with a small saw.

*The fairy houses were spray painted colorfully.

*The doors were cut from self stick wood floor tile.

*The doors were glued over the holes.

*Tiny flower stickers were added as doorknobs.

*The houses were sprayed with non-toxic acrylic finish as waterproofing.

Note: You might choose to embellish your fairy houses with shutters, roof tiles or flower boxes made for miniature doll houses.

The steps and paths were made with dollhouse bricks.

*The front porches were made by pushing dollhouse bricks into the ground.

*The bricks for the step-down and paths were simply pushed further in.

*To create a fairy friendly, casual walkway, the bricks were placed in a curve.

The fairy garden pond is actually a fancy instant coffee tin.

*A hole was dug to place the tin in.

*Dirt was mounded around the hole.

*Small rocks were placed to cover the tin edge.

*Pebbles surround them to create a natural looking pond area.

*Sunken flat pebbles make a nice winding path connecting with the fairy village walkway.

*The pond is filled when perennials are watered for the fairies swimming pleasure.

The floral garden borders were made with more dollhouse bricks.

*The small purple flowers are not real. They're meant as a substitute until the real flowers come up. Allysum was planted in the small brick ring borders.

*The green sprouts in front of each home are also artificial.

*Small succulents like the hen and chick in the photo work well in fairy gardens.

The Pixie Hollow sign was printed on two crossed wood pieces.

*These were just random scraps that suited the purpose.

*Once they were glued together, the town name was printed with black permanent marker.

*The vertical wood piece was poked into the ground.

*If you look closely, you'll see a craft store wire butterfly attached to the sign.

A perennial fairy garden is always a work in progress.

*Rains will come and wash away decor.

*New features will be added.

*Fairy houses may have to be re-painted or replaced.

The perennial fairy garden is much like your home garden. It will change and grow as you add to it. You might wish to add moss as grass or plant a pretend fairy vegetable garden. Maybe you'd like an arbor? As time goes by, your fairies will be living happily in a forest of flourishing perennials. We should all be so lucky!

Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.