Mini Herb Fairy Gardens

by Greenthumb on May 17, 2011

simple mini herb garden with saucer pond

Make your own Miniature Herb garden!

Sometimes called Fairy gardens, these little garden scenes are so much fun to make and tend to. If you make yours with herbs, you can even use the trimmings in the kitchen!

You do not need fancy equipment to put them together, either. Some simple and beautiful little gardens can be made with twigs and stones and even mulch or aquarium gravel can be used for paths and walkways.

easy miniature herb garden Easy Gravel Path!

Dollhouse miniatures can add a lot of personality to your mini herb garden. Many craft and hobby stores carry them, and you can often find little birdhouses, furniture, garden tools and more.

If you are handy with clay, you can create your own special items from the oven bake clays such as Fimo or Sculpey.

Rustic Fairy Garden Bark Chip Path

The herbs you choose should all have similar light and water requirements- so try not to plant shade and water lovers with herbs that prefer sun and drier soil.

Golden Lemon thyme Golden Lemon Thyme

Some of the best plants for Fairy gardens are the thyme plants.

Fairies love thyme, did you know?

Although all of the thyme’s are great in mini gardens I love using Wooly thyme and Elfin thyme for the low growing ground hugging plants. Any of the small leafed thyme’s can be substituted for either of these.

If you have a favorite thyme, use it! You will be trimming your little garden periodically and can use the herbs from it.

Elfin thyme Elfin Thyme

Some other good herbsĀ  you might consider for mini gardens are rosemary, lemon grass, lemon verbena, marjoram, oregano , a smaller lavender variety, and even a dwarf or Nana sage.

rosemary Rosemary Lavender Lavender

Although it’s tempting, I do not plant or decorate my herb gardens too heavily at first.

Simple Silver Herb Fairy Garden Simple Silver Herb Fairy Garden

This is just because the plants will fill in and hide some of the details-unless you keep things very well pruned. You can always add goodies to your garden later if a spot looks bare, or you find some little thing you love!

How to make your own little garden:

Find a container with a wide opening. I like using terra cotta bowls and metal tubs.

prepared-herb-garden-container prepared-container-and-soil

Moisten your potting mix, and fill the pot. Deep pots might need some filler in the bottom to bring the soil level up.

Add your herb plants, and try to group them so you have room for a path, stepping stones, a pond or furniture. Unless I am using a larger container, I generally don’t use more than four herb plants.

add your herb plants to the container Add Your Herbs

Firm in soil around plants and level soil.

Add details- the big stuff first. Lay your paths, stones and larger pieces. If you like their positions, press them firmly into place.

If you have miniature pieces or fairy figures, now you get to add them! Little watering cans and other small objects can be scattered through your garden. Play with it until you like the arrangement. You can always move things around.

Now carefully water your garden lightly, step back and admire your work!

Caring for your miniature herb garden:

Check soil and water regularly. Unless you used a potting mix with fertilizer added, you will need to feed your new little fairy garden with a mild organic fertilizer once a month. The plants will fill in within a month and you will probably want to do a little trimming.

Remember- Fairy gardens with small pebbles and miniatures (choking hazard) should be kept away from little kids, but otherwise treat your garden as a really fun container plant!

Wizard's Keep Herbal Fairy Garden Wizard’s Keep Herbal Fairy Garden


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Di DeBerry April 16, 2012 at 6:09 am

I am so in love with this that I may just run out tomorrow and pick up a few things to create a mini herb fairie garden of my very own! Thank you so much for this!! Happy Spring!! :o )


Suzi April 16, 2012 at 4:24 am

Perefct! I know my 5 kids will be doing in the school holidays…..! :) Thinking I may need to intruce this at our Pre_School too!


Greenthumb April 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Suzi- I have 6 kids and they all loved creating little mini things for fairy gardens and houses. Have fun!


Michelle Villasenor April 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I love this idea, its so much fun to look at and I cant wait to make one of my own! I love fairies and make fairy dolls :) one just might make its way into my garden!


Greenthumb April 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Michelle, I’d love to see your fairy dolls- do you have a website or shop?


SUSAN April 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm



Naomi Rafferty April 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I love fairy everything :-) and I especially love your fairy mini gardens . Every time I see one I have to make a new one –I have run out of room in my house for plants !!!! :-)


Beth Bufkin April 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

OMG! LOVE LOVE LOVE! My kids already think I’m insane for insisting fairies are real. :) I am just beginning w/gardening, and have 3 pot of herbs planted, one is starting to sprout. My head is FILLED with inspiration now! Thanks so much! This is so COOL!


Greenthumb April 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Beth, you’ll have SO much fun! The ideas just keep coming with each new one :-)


Rachel April 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

This is really cool! I have some herb starts on my mantle that might work really well for one of these – and my daughter would LOVE it! What a great idea!


Robin April 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I love this idea! Can’t wait to try it.


marguerite brown April 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

last summer,i did a fairy garden with the little girl i take care of and she loved it….can’t wait to try it with herbs…..we did flowers and it got a little unruly:) i’m going to make one for myself this year, too….love your little creations!


Jessica April 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm

This combines two of my favorite things–plants and things in miniature! I really want to do a woodland-type garden with little forest animals, like miniature deer and rabbits. Can you plant things like spruce seedlings in one of these gardens? They are slow-growing, so I’d think I could keep it several years in a miniature garden before it would need to be moved. Thank you for the inspiration, I am going to make one over the summer!


Linda Taylor April 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

What a great post!! I have wanted to make a mini fairy garden for a long time and now I have all the steps. Thanks!


Judy April 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

What a wonderful way to bring the fragrance and order of the herb garden close to home! Can it be brought indoors for the winter?


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Judy, they can be brought indoors and just need a warm brightly lit area!


Karen April 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I have been making fairy houses in the woods with my grandkids for a couple of years now. These little container gardens are great! Can’t wait to try one!


jonquil April 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I’m thinking of a Hedge Fairy Garden…so the background/hedge will be wild rose, red & white….


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Jonquil, That sounds very cool- If you do one I’d love to see pictures!


LisaB April 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Loved the mini online herb gardening lessons you have. A mini garden would make a wonderful gift for an elderly person whom can’t get out and garden anymore.


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Lisa- thanks so much. You’re right they do make wonderful gifts! We took a bunch to a senior center last year and the residents were enthralled. Something about the little gardens is just magical!


Sharon hennessey April 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

I would love to try this but not sure if I have the skills yet. Am going thru the online course slowly. If you pick me i will try to do an easy beginner one.

ps did not get modulal 2 got the rest but not two. Can I see the video on your site?


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hi Sharon, Sorry the module went missing, I’ve re-sent it. I’m sure you could do a little garden! They are fun, easy and really a simple way to get started. Plus you don’t have to take care of anything big- just one container ;)


Mary Chilcoat April 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

This blog post is my first introduction to Fairy Gardens and I love them. I have a miniature Buddah statue so I did a Buddah Garden with succulents. Can’t wait to do a Fairy version too!


Jenny Sparks April 14, 2012 at 4:04 am

I love these little fairy gardens! I am building little fairy houses to place around my garden, I think I will need to make these little pot gardens :) thanks for the great ideas!


Rebecca Walker April 14, 2012 at 3:54 am

Adorable. I’m growing herbs for the first time ever this year, and I’m so excited. It would remind me of the dollhouse I loved when I was little to arrange and place these adorable miniatures in and amongst my new edible plants. Thanks for introducing me to your artistic flair!


Cyndi April 14, 2012 at 3:29 am

I have always loved miniatures, and played with various figurines in natural settings when I was a kid, and as my sons did later! I can’t wait to do this, and I’ve begun planting around the particular spot I want to use for one of these gardens! I love that you’ve brought this mind and laid out how to do it so clearly! Thanks!!


Barbara Rose Hughes April 14, 2012 at 3:18 am

I love these, they are so pretty. I’ve seen several articles about fairy gardens and I’ve been wanting to create one for my home, just haven’t made the time.


Linda Forish April 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

This is great! Thanks for sharing your ideas.


AJ Pea April 14, 2012 at 2:47 am

This is so cute! THIS IS SO CUTE! I want to make a fairy garden too! I so hope I win! I am starting my very first herb plants this year, so far so good. Fortunately, there is a HUGE planter left here (we just moved into our first house a month ago too!) and this is exactly what I’m going to do. Do you have any suggestions on where to find mini fairy figures? Thank you and thanks for sharing. PS I’m trying to pin this page on pinterest, but it keeps failing to load. I’ll try again later, but it’s a little FYI for you, if you didn’t already know. Thanks again :-)


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 4:03 am

AJ- dollhouse miniatures are perfect for Fairy gardens and lots of craft stores carry them. There are also some specialty mini garden businesses online that have some really cute things!


Sara April 14, 2012 at 2:45 am

What a cool idea! When I was a kid I used to love making fairy playgrounds. I know my kids will love this idea. Thanks!!


Amber Roberson April 14, 2012 at 2:42 am

This is the most adorable idea I have seen in a long time. I have herbs everywhere… I can’t wait to try this!


Jennifer April 14, 2012 at 2:36 am

I have had a fairy garden now for about 6 years…the first (and favorite) one was planted in an old dresser drawer. The drawer only lasted one year but the garden was just the right size. Now I plant one in a double washtub. My 11 year old daughter and I have so much fun creating and putting it together each year! Love your ideas!


robyn asquith umstead April 14, 2012 at 2:28 am

heres my comment…….we all want to WIN!! :) if i dont win, congrats to whoever does! the fairy garden sets are really cute! how do you pick the winner? just curious. ive never done one. ive seen people talk of an automated number picker or something…..or picking a name or number or comment from a hat……the little pool reminds me of a barbie pool i had when little!! :) seeing and learning about the thyme was good!! :) maybe my herbs will be that big this year! i got lots of starts last year but was too tired to do anything else with them. have a good day/evening!! :)


Holly April 14, 2012 at 2:28 am

I never thought about using dollhouse pieces. I’ll have to check out Hobby Lobby and see what they have. I just love your website. Lots of great info! I think the first one is my favorite. I love the round rocks that go to the water. <3


Brandi Johnson April 14, 2012 at 2:24 am

This is my first time seeing a Fairy Garden and I LOVE it! I’ve been planning on starting an herb garden this summer. Now, you’ve inspired me to make it an Herb Fairy Garden. I’m going to PIN this post so I can come back to it to help me through the process! :)


Vanessa April 14, 2012 at 2:12 am

These look so freakin awesome!


Solducky April 14, 2012 at 2:08 am

Oh, my 3 year old would just adore doing this!


Vickie April 14, 2012 at 2:05 am

Thank you for sharing & all the inspiration~what a great idea~


Blue Strong April 14, 2012 at 1:56 am

Hi! Loving your post! Also got on Rosemary’s email list! Thanks for all this info. Love the giveaway, it’s all just so fun! I have some great stones in my yard for this! Thanks for a chance to win such cool stuff for a garden! Follow on Facebook and email.
Terri Betz (Blue Strong)


Lela Fye April 14, 2012 at 1:54 am

This is one of the cutest ideas I have seen in a long time. They look fantastic. I have a group of MaryJane farmgirls and I think this will be a great project to do when we get together at an upcoming meeting. Thanks for all of the wonderful things you share with us. I really loved your free online herb class. Have a great weekend.


Amy April 14, 2012 at 1:49 am

I love the ideas that you gave in your Fairy Garden blog. I can’t wait to start getting mine together. I am in the process of decorating my porch and deck with some new stuff so this is going to be fun! Thanks!


Sandra April 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

I never seem to have much luck growing anything in pots but in my garden beds, I have Lavender, Rosemary, Onion chives, Garlic, Shallots, Thyme, Oregano, Fennel, Tarragon, Dill, Shiso Leaf, and Sage all growing! I will try my hand at potted ones again!


Dink ... Lori Archer April 14, 2012 at 1:38 am

I love this idea!! I wonder how well it would work with the long window planters…maybe have a path running from area to another with bushier herbs along the sides of the path to make it appear ther are 2 different fairy gardens? Maybe have some sort of little house on both ends…that way your little fairies don’t get lonely!! I think I will try putting one of them together for my daughter, who loves plants, but lives in an apartment and has NO plants yet…and a bonus is that she loves to cook! Thanks for the wonderful idea!!


Peggy Lemos April 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

I love these! I was trying to figure out what to place along a patio and some of these would be perfect! Pretty and useful!


Tammy Beach April 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

I love growing herbs, can’t wait to try my hand at a fairy garden, My granddaughter is gonna love. Got some great info from this article, looking forward to more great ideas.


Michele April 14, 2012 at 1:34 am

I love the little fairy gardens! My biggest problem is the light requirements. My big “bowl” sits on my shaded deck at my apartment. Are there any suggestions on shade loving herbs to plant in my own little fairy garden? Thanks for any and all help.


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 3:51 am

Michelle, you could try any of the mints or Lemon Balm- but they do sort of go crazy in pots and need re-potting occasionally!


Geri carsten April 14, 2012 at 1:33 am

These are just adorable, believe I will make a few for mother’s day gifts. Know lots of people who would love them.


Anita Hayes April 14, 2012 at 1:32 am

Well been doing your herb course (got through the first two) it and am learning alot. So of course I had to come see what this was all about..As a crafter I do sculpy…I wanna add a pig to mine I think and may start making wooden minatures again..they were so fun. thanks so much. Anita :)


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 3:58 am

Anita- glad to hear you are enjoying the class. The pig idea sounds perfect! Sculpey is a favorite around here- I have two daughters that do a lot of miniature work with it ;-)


Holly April 14, 2012 at 1:30 am

What an adorable idea! I am definately going to do this with my son, he will love it.


Megan April 14, 2012 at 1:29 am

Hi! I remember this! We did this last summer! Note: glitter DOES NOT go in your fairy garden. It killed the thyme! :) But, my daughter loved it and we’re already looking for this year’s house! So we definitely could use that pool! :)

Thanks for everything!


Greenthumb April 14, 2012 at 3:54 am

Megan, too funny! With four daughters I discovered long ago that glitter has detrimental effects on plants,lol! I probably should have put that bit of information in the blog post ;)


Deanna April 14, 2012 at 1:27 am

That is beyond adorable! I need to try something like that!


Amanda Jo Marie April 14, 2012 at 1:24 am

This is such a great idea! I know what I’m doing on my next day off!!!


Alaiyo June 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm


I read the article that you recommended from your Facebook page. Good article, and I will be getting started in about a week with my first Fairy Garden (once my vacation starts). One question: where do you find the miniature items? Are they dollhouse pieces?




Greenthumb June 13, 2011 at 2:22 am

Hi Alaiyo! Yes some of them are dollhouse pieces. You can find some great items in the miniatures sections of hobby and craft stores. I do spray a clear protective coating or two on any wood pieces and things that might rust. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours :)


Tami May 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

This is so cute! I’ve had a secret (not a secret now) desire to make a gnome garden.


Greenthumb May 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hi Tami!
I just added a picture to the post I think you’ll like- not gnomes, but a wizard~ I’d love to see yours when it’s done!


Lauri V. May 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Muchos Gracias for your blog article! Really looking forward to more. Will read on…


lori May 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

I just LOVE these. I want to do one of these this year for the south window in the spare bedroom.


Greenthumb May 20, 2011 at 3:59 am

Hi Lori! They are such fun to do- I would spend all day goofing off making them if I could. I’d love to see pictures of yours when it’s finished :)


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