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Fairie garden style. No matter what manner of home you live in, you can create a fairie garden to compliment the architecture or overall feel. Staying true to the design ascetics of the region are a good place to start. Here in Southern California, Mission or Spanish motif houses have been popular since the 1920’s. This garden was inspired by their classic courtyards. I stayed within a warm color palette to achieve the mediterranean style.
Faeries love details, but you don’t want to go overboard! Staying within the terra cotta tones meant I could add lots of wonderful little accents without it looking cluttered. Russet hued pots filled with tiny snippets of sedums (drill a small hole in the bottom for drainage and these cuttings will flourish!) A brick pathway deaws your eye towards the sepia fountain and past the statue of St. Francis. A rust chippendale bench and shepherd’s hook match the ivy covered arbor. For ‘gravel’ I selected a finely crushed rock in earthy shades. Even the birds were picked for their cozy autumnal colors.
The plantings are simple. Microneedlepoint ivy and a variegated serissa that gives the impression of a citrus tree, so popular in Spanish style courtyards. Together, all these elements make for the ideal spot for faeries to relax in.