Last week, as I was wandering through the University of Tennessee Gardens, I noticed this adorable container garden hidden in a shady corner. I’m glad the bright blue container caught my eye, because otherwise I might have passed over the itty-bitty garden, dwarfed by all the bigger, brighter color happening at the height of the summer. But this miniature landscape is worth a look. I especially got a little giddy about the tiny hens and chicks, a popular succulent plant, used like shrubs. Holly, a gardener at UT, took great care to create this mini landscape design — complete with foundation, accent and border plants — around the little mushroom cottage centerpiece. And thankfully, she shared that plant list with me.
Use this container garden and its chosen plants as inspiration for growing your own enchanted paradise.
Fairy gardens are a popular project for getting kids outside and interested in caring for plants. (Though I’d say it’s perfectly acceptable for adults to get excited about fairy gardens, too!) You can also watch this video to find more ideas and how-to’s for creating a fairy garden container. And if you like this idea, I know you’ll like more of our kids craft project videos.