25 Fairy Garden Flowers and Plants

Invite woodland creatures into your garden with the flowers and plants they love, as suggested by authors Liza Gardener Walsh and Betty Earl.

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Make Your Own Fairy Garden

Want to invite fairies into your garden? We rounded up the whimsical creatures' favorite flowers and plants, including picks from Fairy Garden Handbook author Liza Gardener Walsh and fairy expert Betty Earl, author of Fairy Gardens: A Guide to Growing an Enchanted Miniature World.

Classic English Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non scripta, or English bluebells, are dark violet blue and very fragrant. It is one of the most adaptable bulbs, and very shade tolerant. It bears bell-shaped flowers for a shady garden.

The Fairy Rose

'The Fairy' is a popular ever-blooming heirloom rose.

Chinese Lanterns

The Chinese lantern plant, Physalis alkekengi, usually ripens around Halloween. The berry is bright orange and closed at the end, forming a lantern look perfect for fairy lamps.

Lamb's Ear

Stachys byzantina, or lamb's ear, is grown primarily for its thick, soft, velvety, silver-gray leaves that typically form a rapidly spreading mat. Leaf shape and texture resemble a lamb's ear, hence the common name.

Thyme for Dinner

Thyme is a highly aromatic herb that grows especially well in somewhat dry, sunny conditions. A Mediterranean herb, thyme holds its flavor in cooking and blends well with other flavors of the region, like garlic, olive oil and tomatoes.

Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’

Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina' is a mounded dwarf perennial that has gray-green leaves and large purplish-pink flowers with purple veins and eyes. This geranium prefers full sun and good drainage.

Fairies Love Tiny Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow in containers or patio gardens. They have a high yield in a small space and are a perfect variety for a family garden.

Lemon Fancy

The Pelargonium 'Lemon Fancy' offers a citrusy scent from its leaves that fairies are attracted to. It is vulnerable to frost.


Lettuces are great for fairy gardens full of edibles.


Nasturtiums come in bright jewel colors and are a quick-growing plant. Fairies and humans alike can feast on the edible flowers and leaves.

Elder Trees

Elders protect fairies from negative spirits. Eva, a graceful elder, has dark purple, lacy foliage. Showy pale pink, flattened flower heads appear in early summer.


Rosemary is an herb that makes a beautiful ornamental plant as well as a welcome culinary seasoning. It is most closely associated with Mediterranean cuisine. It is easy to grow; in fact, rosemary can suffer from too much attention.


Primula vulgaris, or Double Sulphur Primrose, bears clusters of fragrant, usually pale yellow flowers, early in the season. This is an evergreen rosette-forming perennial with double yellow flowers and sage-green leaves.

African Violets

While most of the year African violets like an eastern or western view, during the winter you should move them to a south-facing window.

Golden Marjoram

Golden marjoram is a popular oregano cultivar with small, bright yellow-green leaves and lavender flowers. It makes colorful mounds in the spring. The leaves are very aromatic, and it is widely renowned for its peppery flavor.


The 'Gourmet' variety pepper is sweet with eye-catching, bright orange fruits that appear on small plants. They are perfect for pots.


Purple sage is a bushy purple-tinged plant that is so attractive that it is often planted in flowerbeds. It is also used in a variety of dishes.


Chives, Allium schoenoprasum, are popular, easy-to-grow perennial herbs that make beautiful ornamentals.


Strawberries are loved by all. They can easily be grown in pots, but it is important to keep them well watered.

Hestia Runner Bean

Runner bean 'Hestia' is a superb variety ideal for small gardens and large containers, reaching only 18 inches tall. It produces good yields of long, straight stringless pods with a good flavor. This attractive bicolored variety begins cropping early.

Baby's Tears

Also known as Mind-Your-Own-Business, this moss-like plant grows well in containers and easily creates "fields" for fairies.

Willow Trees

Increase your odds of spotting a fairy by placing your fairy garden under a willow tree. The Kilmarnock willow is small enough for a large container.

'Flore Pleno' Myrtle

Myrtle is a sun-loving evergreen Mediterranean shrub with aromatic foliage. Masses of fragrant white pom-pom flowers appear in late summer.

The Dragon's Lair

The playful snapdragon adds bright pops of color to a border. These sturdy blooms are fun for children to pinch to make the "mouth" open and close.


Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' flowers and foliage are popular additions to sachets and potpourris. Flowers appear in terminal spikes in late spring to early summer. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic.

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