Fairy Garden

The Fairy Garden features flowers once known as fairy caps, fairy petticoats, fairy thimbles and fairy cradles. Many of them were common to the Cottage Garden or Herb Garden. Indeed those very gardens conjure up visions of old-fashioned colors, sweet scents, and plants loved by bees and fairies.

Fairies like places to hide from human eyes, so any every fairy garden needs a house, rocks, and shrubby plants or ferns. They also like shiny things and a bit of water. Small wind chimes will draw fairies close. Many dwarf or alpine plants are ‘fairy-sized’ but there are also many herbs and flowers that are special to fairies.

Common Name Latin Name Uses, Comments
Monkshood Aconitum napellus  Elf helmets (P)
Hollyhocks Alcea rosea Fairy dresses (B)
Ladies Mantle Alchemilla mollis Fairies wash in the dew captured in the leaves (P)
Columbine Aquilegia 
Fairy bonnets (P)
Dwarf Sea Thrift Armeria juniperfolia Fairies use the flowers for cushions (P)
Harebells Campanula 
Fairy caps; used in fairy magic (P)
Irish Moss Chondrus crispus For their beds or fairy rings (P)
Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis The sweet white bells (flowers) ring when fairies sing (P)
Cottage Pinks Dianthus 
gratianopolitanus or D. deltoides
Symbolize love; used by fairies to strengthen auras and renew one’s love of life. (P)
Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis Fairy earrings (P)
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Flower that fairies sleep in; common English names include fairy gloves,
fairy thimble, and fairy cap (P)
Coral Bells Heuchera
Fairy bells (P)
Lavender Lavendula
Used to dry their clothes on (P)
Flax Linum usitatissimum 
or L. perenne
To spin and weave into their linens (P)
Mallow Malva sylvestris Fairy cups; dried blossoms are called fairy cheeses (P)
Poppy Papaver orientale Petals are used to make fairy skirts; put poppy petals in a pillow to invite
fairies into your dreams (P)
Primroses Primula veris Fairy cups; grants fairies invisibility; eating them enables you to
see fairies (P)
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis The blossoms are fairy cradles and fairy children like to swing in the
branches (A)
Elder Sambucus nigra The queen of the elves lives under the elder roots; if you sit under an
elder on mid-summer’s eve, you may see the king of the fairies and his
court pass by (P)
Satureja spicigera  Leaves and blossoms used to make morning tea (A)
Lamb’s Ears Stachys byzantina 
or S. lanata
Fairy blankets (P)
Thyme Thymus serpyllum and Thymus pseudolanuginosus Wild thyme, wooly thyme and other low-growing varieties like ‘Elfin’,
and Thymus are used by the fairies for resting or dancing; wearing a sprig of wild thyme will enable you to see fairies (P)
Tulips Tulipa Used for fairy cradles (P)
Violets Viola odorata Offers protection against mischievous fairies (P)
Pansies Viola tricolor Heartsease, Cupid’s flower; used by fairies in love potions (P)