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SOME GREAT OUTDOOR FAIRY GARDEN PLANTS….CONTINUED!!


Hello again, my fellow Fairy Garden enthusiasts!! I previously started to share with you some plants that grow well in containers and/or can be maintained at a smaller scale for your magical miniature wonderlands! I was only getting started though and am continuing on with some more great outdoor fairy garden plants to help you begin building your fairy garden!

This time we are going to explore some flowering outdoor miniature fairy garden plants, for those of you who would like to add a splash or two (or three or four!) to your mystical piece of the Fairy Realm that will be in your own backyard.

Please keep in mind the scale at which you will be making your garden space, and to choose plants that can be maintained to fit within that scale. Otherwise, you may find that they have outgrown the space and basically taken over! That would not only take away from the beauty of the creation you have made, but could also cause damage to the other plants that are also there.

DWARF ‘BELLFLOWERS’

 

‘SAMANTHA’

The ‘Samantha’ Bellflower produces cute little 1″ cup-shaped flowers that are a blue-violet color on the outer portion and white in the center. Those flowers are surrounded by deep green leaves. She prefers to be in full sun, but can tolerate a little shade if it’s unavoidable.

‘Samantha’ does best in well drained soil, but is adaptable to some not-so-favorable soil types such as clay soil, chalk soil and sand soil. If planted in any of those not-so-favorable type of soils, take extra special care not to over water, as well as to not let the soil get completely dry either.

At full maturity this plant can reach about 4″ to 6″ tall and 11″ to 2′ wide. The flowers are very fragrant and begin to bloom in early and mid summer.

 

 

 

‘FOERSTER’

The ‘Foerster’ has rounded leaved that are toothed and are a vibrant green in color. The flowers bloom a violet-blue color just above the foliage and each plant typically produces enough blooms to practically cover the whole plant. Blooming starts in early summer and will continue until close to fall if you prune it and remove the spent flowers.

‘Foerster’ will grow best in full sun, but can tolerate a little of shade if unavoidable. However, if located in an area that experiences climates with higher heat summers, this plant will do better with more shade time.

He prefers well drained soil, but can grow in some not-so favorable soil types as well. This includes chalk soil and sand soil. Just pay extra attention to not over water, nor let the soil get completely dry either.

At full maturity this plant can reach 4″ to 6″ tall and 8″ to 1′ wide.

 

 

 

‘JEWEL’

The ‘Jewel’ has similar foliage to the ‘Foerster’ bellflower, with the exceptions of the leaf size is a bit smaller and the foliage color is a slightly deeper green. The flowers are also similar, except these are a solid dark violet-blue color. This plant also typically produces enough blooms to practically cover the entire plant! Blooming begins in early summer and can continue until almost fall if spent flowers are regularly pruned.

Sun and soil requirements are the same as the ‘Foerster’ as well.

At full maturity this plant can reach about 4″ to 6″ tall and about 12″ wide.

 

 

 

‘FAIRY’S THIMBLE’

These bellflowers leaves are a rich and bright green in color. If cared for properly and if the bellflowers need are met, this plant will usually produce a mass amount of cute little bell-shaped flowers that dangle downward and are lavender-blue in color.

The ‘Fairy’s Thimble’ prefers locations where the summer temperatures are on the cooler side. When this is case, they prefer to be in full sun, but will tolerate a bit of shade if they must. If your located in an area that experiences those extreme heated summers, they would do best to be shaded by the time the heat is reaching those extremes.

They grow best in normal or sandy soil that drains well. You don’t have to keep the soil moist, but you also do’t want to let it dry completely either. This is something you will have to pay extra attention to, especially those of you located in areas with extreme heat.

Blooming starts in early summer and can continue for most of the season if pruned properly to remove the spent flowers. At full maturity they can reach about 2″ to 4″ tall and 6″ to 8″ wide.

 

SUCCULENTS

 

‘BABY TOES’

The name is a fairly accurate description of this rather interesting plant. There really is a striking resemblance to an infants toes! Their ‘leaves’ grow vertically and are a garish green in color, with flat translucent tops (for letting sunlight in for photosynthesis).

They prefer to get as much sun as possible and aren’t very tolerant of being shaded, even in hotter weather. If located where temperatures are extreme, just keep in mind to water them a bit more often. Their ideal temperatures are around 65 degrees, but they do not like it when it’s cold.

Soil needs to be well draining and not retain much water. A good way to help make sure the soil drains well is to mix sand in with your soil before planting. Water thoroughly and then allow the soil to dry out most of the way, or even all the way, before watering again. You can tell when your ‘Baby Toes’ is thirsty because the translucent tops will start to wrinkle.

Their flowers are typically white or yellow in color, and are very responsive to sunlight. The sun causes the flowers to open at certain times, close at certain times, and they will also track the sun by following its motion from rise to set. It is rather interesting to watch!

At full maturity they can reach about 3″ tall, but they growth rate is very slow.

 

 

‘LIVING STONES’

This is another one thats name is a pretty accurate description of the plant and really wouldn’t need any further introduction, because they actually really do look like stones! They have a natural camouflage to help them blend in with their environment as a defense mechanism to protect themselves from being eaten by animals. They literally look like flat topped rocks.

‘Living Stones’ are extremely drought tolerant and can tolerate temperatures of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not like the cold and won’t do well in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Planting them in full sun is best, but some shade is OK if unavoidable.

Soil preference is, of course, well-draining sandy or rocky soil. Be sure not to over water or expose them to weather that is too cold. This will damage the plant and possibly cause rot.

Blooming typically occurs in late Autumn, early Winter, Spring, or early Summer once the plant is older than 3 to 5 years. Each plant produces only 1 flower that looks like a daisy. It will emerge from the crevice, can be from between .5″ to 1.5″ wide, and will be orange, white or light yellow in color. The blooms are said to have a “sweet and spicy” scent. In the mornings, the blooms will open up and in the late afternoons, they will close again for the night.

 

JUST A FEW MORE WORTH MENTIONING

 

‘MINIATURE DAISY’

This beautiful little plant has leaves that are a vibrant green in color and the flowers bloom on the ends of rather thin 1″ stems in white with yellow centers. This plant produces an abundance of flowers that will continue to bloom throughout the Spring, Summer, and even Fall.

They like soil that is well-draining, but can also retain a little of moisture. They need to be watered regularly so that their soil does not dry out completely. They have zero tolerance for drought, so it is best to plant them where they get a lot of shade.

At full maturity they reach about 4″ to 6″ tall and 6″ to 9″ wide.

 

 

 

‘PETER PAN’

This guy needs to be in full sun, but does well in cold weather. It can stand the cold as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

‘Peter Pan’ needs well drained soil and requires full sun. When growing in containers, be extra aware not to let the soil get too wet during the cold seasons or too dry during the warm/hot seasons. This plant is able to grow in colder temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

This plant really dislikes being root bound, so be sure to plant in an adequate container that has substantial room for it to grow for a while. Otherwise, you will have to transplant more often that I’m sure you would like to and it would likely affect the other plants as well.

At full maturity this plant can reach around 18″ tall, so it is definitely not a good choice for the rather small in scale enchanted gardens.

 

SIMPLE GREENERY THAT IS NOT FLOWERING

 

 

‘EXTRA DWARF PAK CHOY’

This one seems a little out of place, doesn’t it? But really, it is a perfect option! These plants are absolutely adorable and add a special touch like no other plant could. Plus, they are edible (and very tasty!) Their leaves are wrinkled and a deep dark green in color and have white petioles.

These little guys need regular watering and should be kept rather moist. They prefer heavy soil with lots of nutrients.

Depending on your location and the time of year you are planting determines the amount of sun exposure these awesome edibles should receive. If the weather is cool, this plant should get a lot of sun with hardly any shade, if any at all. But if temperatures are getting above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, they should only get sun during the not-so-hot parts of the day and be in shade (protected from direct sun) once it has reached higher temperatures out.

If there is any chance of frost for the area, these little guys can tolerate it once they have become established. However, temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit should be avoided.

At full maturity these plants can reach about 2″ to 4″ tall and 2″ to 3″ wide. When planted in the Spring/Summer season, they take approximately 1.5 months to reach maturity. When planted in the Fall/Winter season, they take approximately 2 months to reach maturity.

Conclusion

Well that hopefully provided you with enough choices to at least get you started or get some ideas churning for starting you mystical woodland fairy home. Be sure to visit again soon for some fairy garden accessories you can make yourself using clay and some other various things!

Thank you for coming to see us today! Look forward to having you with us again soon!

Have any Question or Comment? Come talk to me!

9 comments on “SOME GREAT OUTDOOR FAIRY GARDEN PLANTS….CONTINUED!!

Snap Brisk

Those are great tips for making a fairy garden. I am in love with those pretty Foerster flowers, fairy’s thimble and their colours. My mom has a huge garden, and she is a big fan of plants. I am sure she will fail in love with those magical flowers. 

I’ve just discovered in your post few new plants:, “Living Stones” and “Baby toes”.  These plants look so incredible! You are mentioning that they prefer sun and warm climate means in the wintertime we cover them up or better to keep them inside the house?

Thank you for sharing those great tips!

Halyna 

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Katie Steele

You are so welcome! Glad you found it useful!

The Living Stones and the Baby Toes both are not fond of cold weather and can not tolerate lower temperatures. It would best to bring them indoors instead of just covering them, especially if there is any chance of frost!

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Mark

Hi Katie,

I am doing a landscape gardening project and I wanted to go for something a little bit different. What you have shown me just blew me away!

I am using purple for most of my theme and think the Peterpan and Dwarf bellflower will go well with my herbs and Vervain.

I was wondering if these types of plants are easy to maintain or if I would need any special equipment to look after them correctly?

Thanks for your help.

Mark

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Katie Steele

Yes Mark, both of those plants are fairly low maintenance and neither requires any special type of equipment for growing properly. With the Peter Pan just be sure that it has plenty of growing room for the roots if in a container because it really doesn’t like to get root bound. And with any of the Dwarf Bellflowers mainly just make sure not to over water or allow soil to become too dry either.

Good luck with your garden plans! When it all comes together I would love for you to share a photo with me!

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Mustapha Ibrahim

Thank you for sharing this article, I’m enjoy reading this topic, you share a very important article which will help us to

 know how can we make our plan , and I’m sure with this article that I read now I will used it on my own to success. 

Thank you very much for sharing this interested article. 

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Dave

What a comprehensive list of outdoor fairy plants. I thought I was a fairly knowledgeable gardener, but most of these were new to me.

I especially liked the unusual  ” succulents ”  and the ” Living Stones” plants. Your description of blooming cycles and soils preferences, I found useful and interesting.

Keep up the great work

Dave

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Salim

It’s good to have flowers around one’s home and garden, more or less the type of flowers we have around and it’s color defines the type of garden. Peter pan and living Stones seems to be cool around our gardens. Thanks for your wonderful tips and the maintenance tips you provided us with.

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Daniel

Hi Katie, I must say that this article is very informative and helpful. My wife and I adore flowers and we have our own garden behind the house with many plants. I like your recommendations and my wife needs to read this too. Am I alloweed to share this article on my Pinterest profile?

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Katie Steele

Thank you! I am pleased that you found it helpful! You are mors than welcome to share my article on your pintrest! I would be honored! 

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