Miniature fairy gardens are perfect for small spaces and a great way to get kids involved in gardening.
This is extremely popular in the USA and the trend is working its way over to our shores too.
Ferndale is the first Garden Centre in the region to hunt down the ranges needed to start a miniature garden. You can find everything you need at Ferndale to create an amazing magical miniature fairy garden for yourself.
Tips for planting a miniature garden.
- Try to make the garden look like a real size garden by keeping the plants in proportion. Small leaved bush plants are great. Trimmed young conifers are great too.
- Use gravel, & flat stones to create paths & patios. Put them in last but one. Add miniature furniture (like the size of dolls furniture) last of all.
- Be prepared to replant & ‘redecorate’ in the future.
- Use any container to plant them. Even the unusual such as an old attaché case, a champagne box, a toilet bowl, or a broken terracotta pot. For more ideas image search online, looking for ‘miniature gardens’ or ‘fairy gardens’.
- If growing indoors beware of over watering & also any drainage water that might ‘leak’ out.
- You can mix indoor & out door plants for an indoor garden.
- Use fresh new compost & if the garden is in a container without holes crunch up some barbecue charcoal & mix if thoroughly through the compost before planting. This helps keep the compost ‘sweet’. About 3 chunks should do.
- Don’t be frightened to trim or snip plants to keep them bushy. If it’s a flowering plant don’t trim too often as you might keep cutting off the flower buds even when you can’t see them.