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Trick…or treat? It is that time of year again. The costumes come out, the bags of candy hit store shelves, and everyone gets excited for some spooky, silly fun. Do you have plans for a Halloween-themed miniature garden? Autumn is an especially apt time to freshen up your garden beds and even create some new fairy gardens. Read on for tips, tricks, and treats for building the spooktacular miniature garden you have been dreaming about.
Garden Ghosts and Other Friends
One quick and easy way to add some Halloween spirit (or spirits) to your miniature garden is to make room for new garden residents. Themed fairies in seasonal outfits, witches, and costumed animals can all make an appearance. Friendly ghosts instantly turn your fairy garden from a summertime oasis to a trick-or-treat playground. Perhaps they are dancing in the yard of a fairy house, floating along the trail, or peeking out from behind a miniature plant. Add a sign to make a fun game for garden visitors: “We have some Halloween friends amongst the flowers! Can you count how many ghostly visitors there are?”
Creepy-Crawly Miniature Plants and Accessories
Ready to take your Halloween miniature garden to the next level? It may be time to switch out some of your miniature plants for fresh varieties that will add a hint of Halloween theming. Some, like Ajuga, Chocolate Chip, Bugleweed, are attractive plants with dark purple tones. Leptinella squalida, Platt’s Black, Brass Buttons is a ground cover plant with purple-black foliage.
If you are hoping to build something brand-new and unique for your fairy garden, consider a tiered container garden. Start with a large pot filled with soil, small plants, and miniature accessories. Then set a slightly smaller pot right on top! A third pot can be nestled up high. Use dark moss, pebbles, succulents, or other accessories to decorate. If you like, you can include tiny ladders that will help witches, ghosts, fairies, and other miniature garden residents to climb from tier to tier. What could be at the top? Perhaps a Halloween fairy house or a smiling jack o’ lantern.
Other spooky miniature accessories to consider for your miniature garden include skeletons, skulls, spiders, spider webs, tombstones, and cauldrons. Building a Halloween miniature garden for young children? You may want to build a fairy garden pumpkin patch, or fill your fairy garden with fun and friendly autumn characters like jack o’ lanterns, scarecrows, and turkeys.
Miniature Garden After Dark
As the days get shorter and the nights take on a crisp, cool temperature, you may want to decorate your miniature garden for after-dark enjoyment. Think of trick-or-treaters, family members, and friends enjoying fall evenings on the porch. Whether you have a miniature garden in a container or in the yard, you can add sparkles and lights to make it shine on even the darkest nights. LED light strings come in a variety of colors. Some Halloween-themed miniature houses glow with lights or glow-in-the-dark paint. Finally, think about adding solar-powered lights to your yard, garden, or containers. You do not need to wait for the winter holidays to add a little glow to your garden.
Ready to take your miniature garden to the next level? Whether you are building a tiered container garden full of spooky spiders, or simply sprucing up your outdoor miniature garden with some autumn gourds, Halloween is a great time to add warm colors, fun characters, and plenty of spirit to the fairy garden. Happy haunting!
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