Miniature Plants - Buyer's Guide for Terrariums and Fairy Gardens

One of the most important aspects of designing a fairy garden or terrarium is finding the right plants for your space. The search obviously begins by looking for miniature plants to include in your tiny green gardens. Then you have to consider the water, humidity and light requirements of each plant to determine if they can thrive in the same environment.

I would love to ask some folks, who are mixing succulents and ferns in terrariums, what their little ecosystems look like after a few months. Once I get my terrarium and fairy gardens set up, I hope to share with you how things progress so perhaps we can learn together what works and what clearly doesn’t.

In the meantime, this section of Tiny Green Gardens should help you find the right miniature plants to buy for your fairies and container gardens.

frosted fern photo from Forest and Starr

Frosted Fern

Filed under: Miniature Plants Terrariums

All it took was the question, “What is the plant in that picture?” and off I went to find out. It appears to be a frosted fern. While not truly a fern, it is a most interesting plant. Learn about caring for one and where to buy a frosted fern.

miniature ferns

The Great Fern Experiment

Filed under: Ferns Miniature Plants

For me, the ultimate fairy garden is one with ferns and moss. Unfortunately, I am finding they are two of the fussiest things to keep alive, indoors.

Pteridomania – Love of Ferns

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Do you love ferns? 19th Century Britons were manic about them. Pteridomania ruled and ferns became status symbols and highly collectable.

Fern Plants

Filed under: Ferns Miniature Plants

A brief primer about fern plants, the different parts of fern plants and other cool things you might not have known about ferns.


Filed under: Miniature Plants

Assorted Kalanchoe in 2 inch pots I’ve always gravitated towards things that flower and things that are small. The rise of fairy gardening and making terrariums has made any small plant that flowers infinitely more desirable than it ever was before. The kalanchoe is such a plant – small plants with stunningly bright and colorful […]

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