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Six Themes for Decorating Fairy Gardens

Fairy Gardens are great for children to develop an interest in gardening and help adults express their creativity. Depending on the climate of where you live and your desired effort level, Fairy Gardens can be integrated into outdoor landscaping or in outdoor containers too.

Most Fairy Gardens in Ontario would need to be indoor-only, or come inside for the winter. If you wish to build a larger garden bed as a Fairy Garden, it would have to be replanted each summer.

What is a Fairy Garden?

“A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and actual living plants. It is designed to give your green thumb a place to tend year-round and to lure fairies and with them, good luck, to your home. It’s a tiny space created and tended with love.”

Fairy Gardening, Inc.
outdoor miniature garden with small sheds, stepping stones, rock pathway, and many leafy plants
One of the various outdoor Fairy Gardens in “Little Bavaria”/Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Many of these miniature gardens have themes which are fun to design, and they act as decor for a living space. Small decorations can be found at a variety of plant shops. I’ve found most of mine at Colasanti’s, Michael’s and Bradford Greenhouses.

It’s best to pick a theme, container and/or location for your Fairy Garden before you start buying supplies to ensure you have a cohesive colour scheme and don’t buy items that won’t fit in your available area. Keep in mind colours of decorations may fade if exposed to frequent sunlight. Paper umbrellas, bright colours, soft fabrics are prone to this issue.

Here are some themes to spark your creativity. Below I have listed common items to include for each theme.


beach-themed mini garden with white adirondack chairs, pink umbrella, sea shells, glass stones, wooden fence and plants inside a metal bucket
Rhythms of Play
Popular decor items to include in a beach-themed garden:
  • white or light-coloured sand
  • boats
  • beach chair
  • beer or fruity Drink bottles
  • water floaties
  • shells
  • sea glass
  • fencing


mini garden with a pebble walkway, wooden direction sign, wooden teeter totter and succulents
Sarah’s Fairy Garden in a window sill box.
Popular decor items to include in a woodland-themed garden:
  • stepping stones
  • wishing wells
  • sheds
  • shovels
  • gnomes
  • pebbles
  • bridges


mini garden with a castle, fairies, a bridge over a moat and a prince frog
Pinterest Post
Popular decor items to include in a fantasy-themed garden:
  • crowns
  • jewels
  • castles
  • fairies
  • queens/kings
  • dragons
  • wizards
  • cauldron
  • potions


mini garden in a white teacup with a bridge, swan and Eiffel Tower
Living La Vida Holoka
Popular decor items to include in a Parisian-themed garden:
  • purse-sized puppies/kittens
  • poodles
  • Eiffel Tower
  • bicycle with baskets
  • wire arches
  • lamp post
  • bows
  • wine bottle
  • wire café set


mini garden with colourful Mexican banner, teal patio set, cacti, aloe, rocks and pottery
Turquoise Kitty
Popular decor items to include in a fiesta-themed garden:
  • umbrella
  • painted stones
  • terra cotta pots
  • guitar
  • colourful birds
  • desert animal skulls
  • streamers, banners, pennants
  • lights

Backyard Barbecue:

Home Design Inspired
Popular decor items to include in a backyard barbecue-themed garden:
  • picnic table/blanket
  • barbecue
  • beer bottles
  • sprinkler
  • plastic flamingo
  • small critters: squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons
  • fountain

Let us know of where you’ve found items to include in Fairy Gardens or if you’ve seen any cool displays in your daily adventures. Feel welcome to share links to your own creations as well! Use #wellgrownhome on Instagram or TikTok to share on these socials.

Golden Retriever puppy dressed as a fairy for halloween GIF


Published by sarahelletyler

I run Well-Grown Home, a plant blog, with passion. I'm additionally interested in public relations, video editing, painting, photography, makeup and communications.

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