Faires and Planting A Fairy Garden


If you lack whimsy and magic in your life, consider enticing fairies to your yard by including the plants they find irresistible.  I found much useful information on planting a fairy garden at this herbal site.

Personally, Ive always been a big fan of fairies and they are more than welcome in my garden.  I expect most of them are heading farther South at this time of year, with winter on its way, but they may linger a while yet.

Until quite recently, my youngest niece, Cailin, just turned six, aspired to be a fairy when she grew up and often checked her back in the mirror for signs of  sprouting wings.  To her disappointment, none are forthcoming.

Older sister, Sara, told her that you are either born a fairy or you’re not, you can’t become one.  Bummer.  Cailin was most put out.   She is now contemplating being a person who sings on stage.  However, her favorite movies are those with fairies and princesses in them.  When I was a child, that’s all I drew.  But I never actually thought I could grow up to be a fairy when I grew up.  A princess, sure.

I loved the movie, Fairy Tale, A True Story.   And I was no kid when I saw it.  Charming film for all ages.  And it’s true. 🙂

From the above herbal site:  “Some herbs are associated with fairies, the most important one being thyme. In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania, the fairy queen, sleeps in a bed of wild thyme growing on a bank.

Foxgloves are essential for fairy gardens. According to legend, fairies sleep in the bell-shaped flowers, and wear them as gloves. Other common names for the plant include fairy fingers, fairy thimbles, and fairy cap.

The purple foxglove is a biennial. Its blooms range in color from white and cream to pink and purple. There may be attractive dark spots in the throats of the bell-shaped flowers. There are perennial foxgloves as well, including the yellow foxglove.

Foxgloves often self-sow and prefer cool weather. Those in warm climates may want to grow the quick-blooming variety, called ‘Foxy.’ This will produce flowers the very first year from seed.

Another herb that is essential in the fairy garden is saffron. Fairies are especially fond of this culinary herb/spice for flavoring cakes and dyeing cloth. Other recommended plants are rosemary and roses. Roses are much loved by fairies for their beauty and fragrance.”

Clap if you believe in fairies~

21 responses to “Faires and Planting A Fairy Garden

  1. *clapping*

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  2. Totally clapping here. I still believe I’m a fairy. I’m waiting for my wings to appear. I’ve longed for a flower garden for years, I just haven’t found the right mixture. I believe you’ve provided me with the answer.

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  3. Way cool blog, Beth. oxox

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  4. Fascinating post and beautiful pictures.

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  5. I may have 2 replies show up. I just posted a comment and it didn’t appear. I said that this was a fascinating post and the pictures lovely.

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  6. Oh, I am definitely clapping. I most definitely believe in fairies. Great post and, as usual, such pretty photos from your amazing garden. 🙂

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  7. Beth,a fairy garden sounds perfect. Do you have one?

    My youngest nephew aspired to grow up to be an elf when he was four or five. It broke his heart when I finally told him that, like fairies, you’re either born an elf or you’re not.

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  8. Awww, Keena, way to burst that bubble. 🙂 Thanks guys. I don’t have an official fairy garden but do grow many of the plants. I’m considering how to make my garden more fairy friendly.

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  9. Beth,
    I absolutely adore the idea of fairy gardens!
    Think everyone should create one,
    Flying away to start mine now,
    Suzi

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  10. Beth,
    Your site is intriguing and inspiring. Thanks for awakening the fairy in me!
    Jean

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  11. Great article! I have a fairy garden and love all the miniature plants and furniture. Where did you get that picture of the baby with wings? Is it available to buy?

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  12. It’s a good time of year with spring on the horizon to put in a fairy garden.

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  13. Everything but the saffron in my medieval herb garden. Probably just as well. The dogs going nuts over fae folk dancing on the lawn might annoy the neighbors. *G*

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