Evergreen Trees and Shrubs in the Fairy Garden
There are numerous miniature trees and shrubs that make perfect additions to fairy gardens and other miniature containers. These are a few of our favorite fairy plants but there are many others.
Ilex crenata ‘Dwarf Pagoda’ (Dwarf Pagoda Japanese Holly) – This broad, upright-growing plant is great for use as a fairy shade tree or shrub. It’s glossy green leaves are tightly layered along short stems. It has a pleasing and irregular structure. Plant in sun to part shade. (shown left)
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides Compacta’ (Compact Fernspray Cypress) – Upright, broad growing habit. Grow in sun to part shade. Keep trimmed to use as a soft fairy bush or let the dark green fern like foliage grow to resemble a beautiful fairy tree. (Shown above rear left)
Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’ (Compressa Common Juniper) – Grows upright in a tight column. Works great for an alpine tree look for a wintery fairy garden. Grows in full sun. (Shown above middle left)
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Golden Sprite’ (Golden Dwarf Sprite) – Globe shaped growing habit works perfect for round fairy bushes. The bright yellow tipped edges contrast with the darker heart of the plant. Plant in full sun. (Shown above middle right)
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Chirimen’ – We keep selling out of this unique plant. Don’t worry, we just received a new shipment if you missed it last time! Deep blue-green foliage is dense and lined on irregular upright branches, resembling bottle brushes. No pruning is necessary. Plant in sun to part shade. (Shown right)
Groundcovers for Cool Season Fairy Gardens
Below is a great selection of low growing groundcovers that work perfect for grassy areas or bushes in fairy gardens. Since these are true evergreens (with the exception of creeping Jenny) they make excellent choices for containers year round.
Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’) – This unique evergreen fairy plant grows in sun to part shade and looks like miniature ferns. A very cute addition!
Rupture Wort (Herniaria glabra) – This dense, evergreen carpet-like plant becomes bronze colored in winter. Exposure is sun to part shade. It is extremely soft and feels delicate yet it is very hardy. Give your fairies fine turf for a round of fairy croquet!
Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’) – Plant this in sunny containers to provide dark low growing foliage. It’s evergreen and perfect for fragrant fairy beds and fields.
Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) – This popular trailing plant is semi-evergreen and works well in any container, including fairy gardens. The round chartreuse leaves grow on long trailing stems. Leaves turn a bronze color in winter. They make a perfect addition to fairy container edges to create a natural and whimsical look; with flowing trailers cascading down the edge of the pot.
Chinese Sedum (Sedum ‘Coral Reef’) – Any hardy sedum makes a great addition to fairy gardens. This one grows just 3-4” tall. It’s perfect for creating low growing dense bushy areas in fairy gardens. The tips turn a pretty pink bronze in fall. Evergreen foliage will spill over the edge of your pot. Prefers sun.