We’ve been on the hunt for fairies and gnomes the past few weeks. Every day we’ve come up short, there are no fairies to be seen anywhere. They must not like all the snow we’ve been getting!
It appears like Spring is finally going to happen this year, so we’re excited to create an awesome space in the garden for the fairies to play.
Over the next few weeks we’ll share our tips for how to plan, build and maintain an awesome fairy garden. We’ll also share images of our own garden and others we adore for fairy garden inspiration. If you have an awesome fairy garden at home, please share with us in the comments below or on our Instagram or Facebook pages with the #fairygardenfriday.
First things first, we need to select the perfect location within our yard for the fairies. We’ve selected a little nook in one of our really large, old trees.
Here are 6 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Outdoor Fairy Garden Site:
Partially Hidden Locations are Preferred
Outdoor fairy gardens are often located near trees, under bushes or next to tree stumps. Due to their tricky and playful nature, fairies often like to play in gardens that contain some sort of space for hiding.
Avoid Direct Afternoon Sun
After all, fairies aren’t any more comfortable out in the blaring sun in the middle of the yard than you are. Choose plants that do well in shade and avoid direct sun during the afternoon. Pick a covered spot that gets morning light and shade in the afternoon.
Protect from Direct and Heavy Rainfall
Fairy gardens are best hand watered. Make sure furniture and paths will be protected from heavy rainfall so they do not wash away. Consider building the fairy garden under a tree or plant that will protect the garden from heavy rain storms.
Choose a Site with Well Drained Soil
Pick a spot that has good drainage. Look out for places in the yard that seem to pool water. If you choose to place your garden in a vessel instead of the ground, make sure water can drain. Take this into consideration if you’re using a birdbath or wheelbarrow for your garden.
Consider Using a Portable Vessel
Can’t find a good tree or covered spot in the garden? Consider using a portable vessel that you can take in overnight if needed. Check out this galvanized bucket fairy garden idea from Aidies’ Hideaway. This adorable planter can be brought in at night and kept inside during the cold months.
Protect from Furry Friends
If you have a curious puppy, try to avoid avoid his or her favorite bush or tree when picking your outdoor fairy garden site. Keep it out of reach or install a low fence around the border.
Hopefully these few tips help you in selecting the perfect outdoor fairy garden site. We’d love to see and hear about your garden ideas so please share in the comments below!