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Plants for a Fairy Garden

By Regina Sass ; Updated September 21, 2017
Legend says certain plants will attract fairies to a garden.
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A fairy garden is a garden in a small box, container or window box and is a miniature landscape that is really a three-dimensional work of art. The box contains not only plants, but miniature buildings, outdoor benches, bird houses and anything else that recreates a regular garden in miniature. The purpose is to attract fairies to the garden by using plants they like. Choose plant that are slow growers and easy to trim and keep small. Every plant in a fairy garden has a special use for fairies as well. Plant a small amount in the fairy garden and the rest in the regular garden to make the fairy garden a true miniature of the real one.

Moonlight Thyme

Moonlight thyme (Thymus leucotrichus) is one of the most important plants for a fairy garden. Legend has it that fairies hide their babies in the leaves. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9. The plant produces tiny, green leaves and clusters of soft-pink flowers that will attract butterflies. Moonlight thyme likes full sun and a well-drained soil.


Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) (aka English lavender and true lavender) is used by fairies to make ceremonial wine. The plant likes full sun or partial shade and a moist, well-drained soil. The plant features gray-green to green-purple leaves that turn silver green or gray-bronze in the winter. Blue-purple, lavender, violet-blue, or white-pink flowers bloom from late June through August. Lavender is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9.

Lily of the Valley

Fairies use lily of the valley flowers (Convallaria majalis) for hats. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8 and features white, bell-shaped, sweet smelling flowers that bloom in April. Plant lily of the valley in full or partial shade and a moist soil.


Pansies (Violax wittrockiana) were created by fairies from the blue of the sky, the red of the sunset, the yellow of the sunbeams and the brown of the earth. White, yellow, gold, bronze, deep rose, violet or maroon flowers bloom in the spring along with dark-green leaves. Plant pansies in full sun and a well-drained soil. The flowers are planted as annuals in all of the USDA zones.