Find out how to make a fairy garden pot tower and take your Fairy Garden Pot to the next level!
- Five standard terracotta pots in the following sizes: 14”, 12”, 10”, 8”, and 6”
- A 12.5” terracotta saucer
- A bag of potting soil
- One 3 foot long x ½” round dowel rod (available from Bunnings & Mitre10)
- Small fairy garden plants
- Fairy Garden Accessories for Decorations
First, take the saucer and place the large 14” pot on top of it (TIP: build your Fairy Garden Pot Tower in the location you want it to stay because it will be too heavy to move when finished)
Next, take the dowel rod and place it into the center of the pot through the centre hole at the bottom.
Fill the pot with soil to about 8cm – 10cm below the rim.
Pat it down to level it off.
Then, take the 12” pot and thread the Dowel Rod through the drain hole. Slide this pot down until it sits on top of the larger bottom pot.
Add soil to the 12” pot until approx. 8cm below the rim.
Continue with this process until all of the pots are threaded onto the rod and filled with soil.
The tower is now constructed. All that is left is to add the plants and create your fairy garden.
Add Plants – but design your fairy garden first
Design how you’d like your fairy garden habitat to look FIRST… BEFORE you plant the plants. (Otherwise you will run out of space). Temporarily place your fairy decorations where you’d like them to be, then when you’ve decided what looks best, TAKE A PHOTO so you can remember where each piece goes, then remove them so you can begin planting your plants.
Since there is only a small space available around the edges, you will need small, annual plants.
- Small flowering and cascading annuals work best.
- Keep in mind the location of the tower when selecting the flowers. The basic rules of gardening still apply here. Sun plants need sun. Shade plants thrive in the shade.
- Pratia pedunculata
- Cuphea Toffee Apple
- Iberis candytuft
- Succulents. These come in a huge range of shapes, sizes and colours and best of all, they’re easy to care for.
Start planting your plants in the bottom pot first and work your way up.
Place each plant around the pot (remembering to give each plant plenty of space to grow without crowding out your fairy inhabitants). Add extra soil to cover the plant roots and bring the soil level up to just a few cm from the rim and gently pat down.
Once all of the flowers are planted, water the whole tower thoroughly. This includes watering the pots. If you don’t water the pots too, the clay will absorb most of the water and leave very little water for the plants.
To keep your Fairy garden Pot Tower looking great all summer long, water it daily.
PS… You can make your Pot Tower as tall or as short as you like. For short Pot Towers i.e. only 2 or 3 pot layers, you won’t need to insert a Dowel Rod, simply place the pots on top of each other.
Decorate your Fairy Garden
Now is the fun part! Invite the fairies in !
Referring to the photo you took, begin placing your fairy decorations around the pots.
Some ideas for little fairy garden decorations are: