Fairies in a garden

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Fairies are mischievous little trouble makers when they come into your home. Always wandering off with shiny baubbles. They can also bring gifts and blessings into your life. Inviting faeries into your garden is a great way to enjoy them without having them wandering through your home. If fairies have taken over your home you can invite them out of your home and into the garden where they can be happy and less meddlesome. With a little work, you can learn how to attract fairies to your garden.

How to attract fairies to your garden

Remember to be careful not to invite them into your home. Fairies are amazing and powerful forces of nature and they can be mischievous. They love to take off with anything shiny and inviting them in can leave you struggling to find everyday items way more often. Out in the garden they can romp and play without causing much trouble in your everyday life. Always be respectful and kind when working with fairies.

1. Attract friaries with food.

Fairies love a good snack. Leave an offering of food and drink in your garden to attract them. Traditionally pails of treats were left outside doors to attract fairies. For a little fun paint a small galvanized pail in bright glittery colors or use pretty teacups and fill with treats. I like to use teacups and saucers with little bits of gold in the leaves of painted flowers or gold edging. Fairies love milk, cream, butter, honey, wine, and sweet baked goods. The children often take out little offerings from cakes and cookies we bake. If you want a simple treat to attract fairies mix a little honey in milk.

2. Plant flowers to attract fairies

When you are planning your garden you should include plenty of flowers. Like bees and butterflies, fairies love to be surrounded by sweet fragrant flowers. If you are creating a fairy garden in your garden use this area to grow plenty of flowers. Coneflower is one of my favorites. As the butterflies land on the blossoms, they look like they are wearing little skirts and become fairies dancing in the garden.

Violets are a sacred flower to fairies and planting them in your garden will please the fairies and show that you wish to grow plants that mean something to them. Fairies love to dance around bluebells. Planting them in your garden will call them to dance with you.

Flowers are not the only beneficial things to plant in your garden. Some herbs are great for attracting fairies to your garden. Lavender is a useful herb that blooms tiny brilliant purple flowers with a sweet aroma perfect for fairy gardens. Rosemary is great for attracting kind-hearted fairies to your garden. If you intend to work with fairy magic Thyme is a great herb to grow both to attract fairies and to attract money.

Want to add fairy size flowers to your own little fairy garden. Fairygardening.com offers fairy flowers selected just for their small fairy garden friendly size.

3. Attract fairies to your garden with water.

Fairies love water. Including a water feature in your fairy garden is a great way to attract them. I suggest a few water features for better results. If you have the room an artificial pond would be amazing. For smaller spaces, a birdbath or even a butterfly watering dish would work well for making a fairy size pond.

To create your own butterfly watering dish bury a pie pan in the ground. Add river rocks or your favorite crystals to the pan. Amethyst clusters are a beautiful addition. Fill with water leaving the top of the stones dry for butterflies to land.

4. Gather small shiny things

Fairies have a love of shiny things. This is why meddlesome fairies often wander off with jewelry, keys, crystals, and other sparkly shiny items. Fill your garden with crystals, mirrored pieces, and silver bobbles you come across. Expect the things to come and go. Do not put anything out there that would upset you to find missing one day.

5. Add music to your garden

Fairies love music. Place chimes around your garden to invite the fairies to dance as the wind blows through your garden. Wind chimes are also a great way to add shine and sparkle to your garden in a way that would not wander off so easily.

6. Create a fairy house

Fairy houses and gardens are popular for their beauty but they can also be a very inviting thing for fairies you wish to visit you. If you choose to add a fairy house to your garden be sure to include all the same comforts you enjoy. This will make it more likely fairies will come and live in your garden. Do not be surprised to find small creatures living in your fairy house. Welcome them as beloved guests.

7. Be kind and generous to wildlife

Welcome small creatures into your garden. If you wish to make your garden a place likely to attract fairies you need to be kind and generous to wildlife. Fairies see how we treat their friends and will refuse to work with us if we do not show kindness and respect to the earth and the living souls that inhabit it.

8. Be good to the earth

So often we think about what we want and not about how we are affecting the world around us. The fey love the earth and every part of it from the ground to the water to the living things that walk, swim, and fly upon it. If you wish to attract fairies to your home, garden, and life, in general, you need to make an effort to be the kind of person they want to be around. Make an effort to be good to the earth.

  • Reduce the trash you create
  • Reuse, recycle, and make do rather than consume more
  • Clean up after yourself and leave natural spaces cleaner than when you arrived.

9. Leave offerings of magical ingredients.

Fairy magic is a powerful magic but just like the spells you cast, fairies need ingredients. One of the most important ingredients you can leave as an offering is honey. Honey can be hard to come by for fairies as bees heavily guard it. They will be grateful to you for leaving an offering of honey.

Fresh cut herbs and small easy to transport crystals are always a great option for leaving as an offering. Leave your favorites to help draw fairies similar to you to your garden.

10. Tell the fairies they are welcome

A wise woman Andrea once said to me that she doesn’t like to think of it as attracting fairies. “Rather I like to think of it as inviting.” This stuck with me. Fairies and fairy magic is extremely powerful and deserves respect as the powerful nature spirits they are. Instead of just attempting to attract fairies to you call out to them and let them know they are welcome in the space you have created for them. That you are happy to have them join you in your garden and in the amazing world of magic.

Already have faires? Here is what to do when you have fairies in your garden.

Sacred Groves and Enchanted Gardens are a favourite habit of Witches throughout millennia possible because they attract fairies. Witches and the Wise Ones love to create sacred, protected and enchanted places in order to work and live there. The Wise Ones always knew that living in a protective and magically elevated place is going to help them achieve more and direct their energy more effectively.

How to Attract Fairies

You don’t have to go big (although you can). This article proposes you ways to invite (and thus work with) Fairies.What are Fairies? Well it’s like Human race. Not all Fairies are the same. But generally speaking, Fae spirits are Spirits of Nature. This means that Fairies have control over the Elements (which one depends on their heritage) and possess powerful healing, beauty and love magic. Their strong relationship with Nature attaches them with the area they dwell. If you are kind enough with Nature they may have already noticed that and occasionally help you.

Unfortunately they almost always feel estranged from humans, therefore using tips and tricks like following will try to establish a relationship build on faith and hope for the future with the Fairies. Do remember that by inviting the Fairies you actually invite powerful forces of nature to work with so be honest, respectful and kind with them as well as with nature too.

To check if Fairies are actually already there with you check this article. Use it as reference to look for signs.

Step one: Fairy Magic = Flower Magic

So first things first. Fairies Love flowers and YES they have a habit to actually dwell near some of them. You don’t need to have a garden to invite fairies, you can just bring some pots of these wonderful flowers. So what you can do is to plant some flowers. Which ones? Let’s see:

  • Marigold: It’s believed that jam made of Marigold will help you see fairies. But even if you don’t know how to get some, planting Marigold will attract there wonderful creatures.
  • Pansy: If Love is what you are looking for then plant Pansies and ask from Fairies to bring you what you are looking for.
  • Foxglove: Legend has it that fairies usually hide in Foxglove. If Foxglove is growing in your garden it will attract fairies and other spirits of Nature to guard the garden and the household that takes care of the plant. Find out more here.
  • Mimosa: The pink flowers of many mimosa species which look like small brushes is believed to enable contact with the Fairy kingdom when touching one’s eyes gently and brushing them. Click to read more about mimosa.
  • Honeysuckle: The enchanting smell of this wonderful plant is believed to attract fairies like magnet. The sweet nectar of Honeysuckle will help fairies notice you.
  • Snapdragons: The garden where Snapdragons are planted will increase the Fairy activity and moreover will bless you with enchanting beauty.
  • Violet: All violets are sacred to Fairies. This is something you should always bear in mind. Planting violets is like a shortcut to Fairy Realm.
  • Primrose: This magical plant has the reputation not only to invite but to actually help you see the fairies and interact with them.
  • Bluebells. It a Blue-Bless for you garden. Fairies allegedly will come and dance in your garden if Bluebells are planted. Feel like dancing tonight?

Important Note

Do remember that by inviting the Fairies you actually invite powerful forces of nature to work with so be honest, respectful and kind with them as well as with nature too.

Step Two: Altar with Water

Decorate your altar with pictures or statuettes of Fairies. Bring a bowl of Water, enchant it with some sweet words to fairies and leave it on your altar. Fairies Love to dwell where water is near. Sea, lakes, rives even magical bowls of Water. Refresh the Water daily. Dispose the previous water to your plants or trees nearby.

Step Three: Honey come here…

You can “offer” honey to Fairies. Honey is like acts like a magnet. They actually love it and use it in several recipes, filters and magic potions. Fairy Magic has several spells where honey is requires (we’ll guide you to it.) Offer a small bowl of honey to the Fairies. Now you can ask them to come. Just say words which come from you heart. Ask for friendship, love and faith. Ask for magic, hope and healing…

How to Attract Faeries and Work with Them in Your Craft

Whether you call them faeries, fairies, the fae, or the fey, nature and elemental spirits are powerful and poetic allies. Working with them has many benefits. They can make a house feel like a home, and can bring a sense of etherial magic to your practice.

Fairies, John Atkinson Grimshaw. Public Domain.

I’ve been blessed with fae energy throughout my life. I credit this to my mother, who believed in faeries long after her childhood, and raised me in a home decorated with beautiful, witchy objects.

Unfortunately, a lot of homes and outdoor areas have negative energy, which repels the fae. They aren’t attracted to any form of low energy, whether it’s harsh chemicals, litter, foul language, stagnant energy, or negative thoughts. But it only takes a little bit of time and effort to bring them into your life, and it’s well worth it. Here are my tips on attracting the fae and working with them.

Find a nice place for your faery altar

Dancing Fairies, Arthur Rackham. Public Domain.

The first step to attracting the fae to your home or yard is to find a powerful place for your altar. This will increase your attention to it and magnify the energy. Indoors, these are the areas where energy tends to flow toward. For example, when you walk into a bedroom, the first thing you might see is an antique dresser. This is the perfect place for a fae altar.

(Note: In my experience, they don’t like rooms with televisions, probably because of the noise and violence, so don’t use that room. They’re also repelled by cigarette smoke, loud or obnoxious voices, and arguing. Place the altar far away from these areas.)

Outdoors, you’ll want to find a space that cannot be easily seen by passers-by, or at least, isn’t as obvious. If you have a spot in your yard that feels magical already, it could be a good starting place. A tree trunk or a tucked-away area is perfect. Dappled sunlight through leaves is best — it shouldn’t be too sunny or too shady. Stay away from noise pollution, such as a roaring highway, if at all possible.

Fairy with Iris, Alphonze Mucha, Public Domain

Clean. No really, clean!

I know I have virgo rising, but you can believe me when I say this. You really have to clean if you want to attract faery energy. The fae can’t stand clutter, dust, or a mess. They feel it energetically, and it weighs them down.

After decluttering your altar room, wipe down indoor surfaces with a clean cloth. If you need to use liquid, use rainwater or distilled water. If you need to use soap, use a soap from a health food store, either with essential oils or no scent.

(Another side note: the fae can’t stand synthetic perfumes or fragrance oils. I’d even go as far to stay away from chemically extracted oils, due to the difference in energy. It makes sense — they’re nature spirits. Why would they like synthetics when the real thing is so much better?)

Outdoors, pick up litter, sticks, and stones everywhere around the area. Remove any eyesores from the place. You may have to get creative with new plants or pots. You may also want to purchase additional dirt or sand to make the area more level.

To cleanse the space energetically, burn a little white sage or palo santo. Waft the smoke over you, too, and set a happy intention for the place.

Tulip and Lavender Fairies, Mary Cicely Barker. Public Domain.

Decorate the altar

Now it’s time to create a place to attract the fae. Either purchase or look around your home for beautiful objects such as crystals, ribbons, plants, figurines, or other fancy stuff. The thrift store and dollar stores can be great places to find amazing little items for cheap. Just make sure to cleanse everything before you add it to the altar.

Outdoors, choose weatherproof items. I like wind chimes and ceramic figurines. You can arrange stones or crystals in a fancy pattern, if you wish. Plant flowers or fragrant herbs to attract the little ones. Finish the altar with a light sprinkling of glitter.

Include the senses

Speak softly to the fae, or sing, if you can sing on key. If not, play music — either your own, or someone else’s. I like to play Damh the Bard, Owain Phyfe, and old Green Crown recordings, but any beautiful music will do.

Light up a stick of natural incense or drop some essential oil into a small dish or onto the ground. Put out some food — faeries love sweets and fruit. You can put out honey in a small dish, or juice, or a little booze. As with any food or beverage offering, remove the offering after about a day, as that will be enough time for the spirits to absorb the energy of the offering.

Open your mind. And then some.

As the Peter Pan saying goes, you have to believe in faeries. Do you? If so, say it out loud!

“I do believe in faeries! I do, I do!”

If you need some inspiration, play the Peter Pan clip below.

Another thing you can do to open your mind is to read fairy tales. I recommend the Fairy book series by Andrew Lang, in all of the colors. I love reading these, and the illustrations make them even more alluring. It’s one of my favorite things to read right before bedtime, and I feel it opens my mind up even more while I sleep.

H.J. Ford. Public domain.

It may take a few months before the fae accept your invitation, but have patience and hope. Stay positive. Be child-like. Fae are attracted to this energy.

How will I know when it works?

If your place feels happier and fresher, you may see subtle movements in a sunbeam or feel a lovely energy dancing about. That’s the fae!

Faeries are usually invisible, but they sometimes choose to reveal themselves. I usually see them as a dazzling point of light that hangs in the air for a second or two before vanishing. The size varies. Usually, they’re a pinpoint or a little bigger, but I’ve also seen them as big as a marble.

Detail of Godmother and Princess, Virginia Sterrett. Public Domain

Points of light can come in all colors, though you’ll probably find that you attract mostly one color at a time. The different colors probably have different meanings, but I don’t quite understand what the colors mean. It might help to keep a record of what colors you seen and your mood in your Book of Shadows.

Whenever you see a point of light, acknowledge it with a smile. Give it love and gratitude. After doing this for a while, you may find that they want to stay longer, or that you’ll see more, or different colors.

Working with the fae in rituals

Elemental spirits bring a sense of magic to any place or ritual. I don’t know about you, but I can feel them on a palpable level. When they arrive, I get shivers up my spine.

Detail of Fairy revels, Florence Mary Anderson. Public Domain.

I like to call the fae when I call north, for the spirits of the land. Sometimes after I call them, I hear the buzzing of insects. It always makes me smile. Occasionally, I’ll see a butterfly or a moth. Recently, at a sacred space near my home, after I called the fae, a dragonfly repeatedly bumped against my legs, hand, and shoulders. I laughed and took it as a very good sign that they were with me and my goals.

I always advise people to work gently with any spirit or god, and this includes the fae. Don’t ask for much from them for the first six months of the work. Instead, bask in their presence and be gracious. Be a source of laughter and good energy. Give them more of what they like. If it’s honey, increase the amount, or try different kinds. They’ll most likely appreciate it.

Meditations with the fae are also blissful and serene, and are likely to become more so as you work with them more.

Long-term benefits to working with the fae

Fae energy can help the earnest, good-hearted practitioner in many ways. The fae seem to be a buffer for depression and low-energy thoughts. Other benefits include feelings of a child-like sense of wonder, optimism, and freedom. Anyone wanting to reclaim innocence will benefit greatly from any fae work.

Fairy Ring, J. W. Waterhouse. Public Domain.

Beauty and a somewhat-prolonged youth are other fae benefits, though these should never be the sole reasons for working with them. I’m pretty sure anyone interested in the fae for glamor reasons will be treated as a shallow soul, and will not be taken very seriously.

That being said, if you ever need to use glamor for any reason, you can channel it easily if you’re on good terms with the fae. However, this power comes with responsibility. You should use this energy for a good purpose and not for manipulation. I like to use a little bit of glamor for fire dance performances and during photo shoots.

Photo of the author by Rob Badger.

Inappropriate uses of glamor would include seducing someone or wielding the energy to influence someone’s decisions. The fae have a moral code, and while you might be able to break the rules sometimes, they don’t like it. I personally have never tested them, as they can break away easily and leave you feeling a little cold.

The fae are creative communicators. They supply inspiration easily. You can see evidence of this in the multitude of artists who used faeries as their chosen subjects. They’ve also been known to whisper flashes of insight, causing creative breakthroughs.

Perhaps the best gift of working with the fae is a profound sense of peace and bliss. This is not to say you’re removed from the world. You still can be (and should be) an activist for positive change. It just makes coming home to a place filled with magic and wonder all the more pleasurable.

Plants For Fairy Gardens: What Flowers To Plant To Attract Fairies

If you have children in your life, planting a fairy garden is a sure way to enchant and delight them. While adults know that fairies are just folklore, children can still believe and harnessing their hopes to real garden situations can create a fairyland for all to enjoy. Plants that attract fairies are part of historic lore. It was believed that fairies in the garden were industrious and would help maintain the health of the garden. Read on for some suggestions about plants for fairy gardens and other elements of your enchanted space.

Plant Ideas for a Fairy Garden

If we are lucky, a little bit of magic from our childhood adheres to us even into adulthood. That tiny spark of imagination needs to be nurtured to allow it to grow and flourish. One way to do that is to indulge in your fantasies. Traditionally, there were plants that attract fairies, and lore said that these impish creatures were both mischievous and prankful while also taking care of the garden. Attracting fairies in the garden may seem a little silly to a non-believer, but that is ok; the trappings and plants still create a charming and captivating garden space.

It is said that fairies are attracted to spaces filled with life. These areas often occur under, in and around large trees. One of the imp’s

favorite trees is the majestic oak with its large, ornamental leaves and quaint nuts. Elders are another favorite tree, but fairies in the garden are also attracted to yew, holly, willow, elm and many more life sustaining trees.

Any plant that gives food, and shelter to wildlife while enriching the soil with its cast off leaves are plants that attract fairies. Flesh out the space around the tree with food and shelter plants. In this way, you are building a tree guild whose primary purpose is to attract magical fairies. Trees are the core of a garden to attract sprites, but there are more plant ideas for a fairy garden.

What Flowers to Plant in a Fairy Garden

Large flowered plants give visions of fairies using them as parasols or upside down to catch dew and bathe in. Even foliage has its role in the fairy garden, creating shadows and hiding spaces for shy fairies. Any plant that attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds will be a fairy magnet. They love to hang out with these wild creatures and enjoy the color of the flowers. Here is a list of what flowers to plant in a fairy garden:

  • Pansies
  • Bee Balm
  • Petunia
  • Foxglove
  • Sunflower
  • Columbine
  • Tulip
  • Nasturtium
  • Snapdragon
  • Cosmos
  • Mallow
  • Violet

Fairies are also attracted to the flowers from fruiting trees, and the fruit is a food source. Herbs are said to lure them to the garden and a traditional cottage kitchen garden would be rampant with the sprites. Some herbs to captivate fairies might be:

  • Yarrow
  • St. John’s wort
  • Heather
  • Thyme
  • Wood sorrel
  • Red valerian
  • Rosemary

Other Elements to Draw Fairies in the Garden

There is more to these charming spaces than plants. Plant ideas for a fairy garden are just the start, as you need to provide shelter and whimsy – which will be irresistible to the sprites. Birdhouses make excellent homes for fairies, as does the classic toadstool. These can be faux or real but should be large enough to provide shelter from rain.

Fairies, like all living creatures, need water to survive. A body of water, like a fountain, small stream or even just bowls of water left out will ensure they can slake their thirst.

Statuary that honors elves, fairies, gnomes and other natural magical folk will make fairies feel comfortable in the space.

Keep the garden filled with life sustaining and affirming items and emphasize the natural. Fairies are very nature oriented and will be attracted to your efforts and set up homesteads near you in no time.

Planting a Faery Garden

Plants that Attract Butterflies and Faeries Plants for a Night Garden

Planting a Fairy Chair Faery Herbs & Fungi Faery Trees Miscellaneous Faery Plants

In order to attract faeries to your garden you must create a garden that is conducive to all life.
Put up birdhouses, birdbaths and bird feeders, bat houses and hummingbird feeders.
Grow plants that attract butterflies and bees. Put nuts out for the squirrels.
Play soft music or leave bits of good bread and cheese out for them.
An even better way to attract them is to plant a fairy garden with plants that have
been found down through the centuries to be favored by the little folk. Plant your garden
carefully, tend to it lovingly, and call out and make their welcome known.
Inviting them to come to your garden is very important for “Where your intention goes, energy flows.”

Whatever you do to bring life to your garden will bring faeries as well,
and of course, the more life you bring to your garden the greater the number of faeries you’ll attract.
What ever you place your conscious awareness on, you will pull into your universe.
As you put your focus onto faeries and gnomes, and other folks of the elemental realm,
they will respond by being drawn to your energy.
You may want to decorate your garden with statues of faeries, gnomes, and animals, too.
Things that reflect light, and that are colorful and moving will attract gnomes and elves
Faeries and water spirits will be drawn to the sound and sight of a fountain.
You could also install a small waterfall or put in a fishpond.
Leave a bit of your garden wild and not too cultivated just for the faeries,
it will make them feel very welcome.
Soon, you may see on a moonlight summer night (especially as Midsummer night nears),
a group of laughing and merry sprites dancing around a fairy circle in or near your garden.
Make them some tiny frosted cakes and they’ll soon reward you with a garden you won’t
believe-and your work will seem to disappear…
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Plants that attract butterflies and faeries

Bluebells Boxwood Buttercup Carnation Coreopsis Cosmos Cowslips Crocus
Daffodil Daisy Dandelion Forget-Me-Not Fountain Butterfly Bush Foxglove
Gardenia Heliotrope Harebell Hollyhock Honeysuckle Hyacinth Iris Jasmine
Lamb’s Ear Lavender Lilac Lily Lobelia Marigold Morning Glory Mums
New York Aster Orange-eye Butterfly Bush Orchid Pansy Periwinkle Peony
Poppies Petunia Phlox Pincushion Flower Poinsetta Primrose Pussywillow
Ragwort Roses Shrubby Cinquefoil Snapdragon Summer Lilac Thistles
Tulip Violet White Lotus Zinnia
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxslips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and the eglantine.
There sleeps Titania sometimes of the night,
Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight…”

Bluebells – Fairies are called to their midnight dances by ringing these little bells.
They represent kindness and are the most potent of all Faery flowers. They are also
called “warning bells” because it is said that one who hears a bluebell ring will soon die.
They also serve to warn those who are about to travel into a bluebell glade, for these are places of
consecrated Faery magick and enchantment. On Beltane Eve, make an ankle bracelet of bluebells
and jingle bells to attract the helpful fae folk to you.
Boxwood – It can be clipped into a topiary tree and decorated for a special
Faerie events, such as a wedding.
Buttercup – This flowers’ faeries help to bring compassion to humans. They bring healing
energy and understanding. Use this flower to rediscover yourself or to boost your self-esteem.
Carnation – These faeries bring deep love. They help to strengthen one’s aura, and renew
one’s love of life. The red ones attract faeries who heal animals.

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Cowslips – These are loved and protected by the faeries and they help one to find
hidden faerie gold. The fae use the blossoms for umbrellas.
“And I serve the Faery Queen,
To draw her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be,
In their gold coats spots you see:
Those be rubies, faery favors:
In those freckles live their savors.
I must go to seek dome dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslips’ ear.”
– Shakespeare
Edmund Canterbell wrote:
“That they do dwell within the cowslips hollow is truth,
for I have seen them fly out in intoxicated abandon.”

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Crocus – These faeries have the power to inspire love but may drain your strength
while collecting them.
Daffodil – This flower faerie is good for inner beauty. Let it help you with
meditation and clarity of thought. Daffodils are also useful for evoking faeries and elves.
Daisy – This is the best flower to use to connect to the Faeries and relaxing in a daisy bed will
help one to contact faeries, especially Dryads. Putting a daisy chain on a child is
said to prevent faeries from beguiling the child and carrying her or him away. The daisy will
also help you to awaken and use your creativity and your inner strength.
Dandelion – This flower is said to be used by the faeries for making beverages.
Forget-Me-Not – A symbol of love and devotion. The flowers also provide
protection from faeries and are said to help to unlock the secrets of the fae. If you place
forget-me-nots on the side of a mountain where fairy treasure is hidden, secret cavern walls
will open up for you.
Fountain butterfly bush

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Foxglove – (Poisonous) Folk names for foxglove include Faery Thimbles, Faery Glove,
Little Folks’ Glove, Faery Fingers, Faery Petticoats, Faery’s Cap, and Faery Weed. The name is
derived from “Little Folks’ Glove” because the flowers are worn by fairies as gloves and hats and
the little flecks found on the flowers are definitely faery fingerprints. It is a favorite of
Earth Elementals. Bad luck will follow those who pick these flowers and bring them in their home.

The leaves and the plant’s juice are said to grant release from faery enchantments. Planting foxglove
is an invitation to faeries to enter you garden. Plant it near your front door to invite the fae in
to your home. Wearing foxglove is a charm to attract faery energy, put a dried sprig in a talisman
to keep you surrounded by faery light.
Gardenia – These bring feelings of peace and protection. These flower faeries are very
protective of children, so plant Gardenias in places where children play, so the fae will watch over them.
These faeries will also help to increase your telepathic abilities with all nature spirits.
Heliotrope – Beloved of Fire Elementals.
Harebell – These faeries inspire honesty – the person wearing them is incapable of lying.
Hollyhock – Beloved of the fae, especially the pink ones.

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Honeysuckle – Will help to stimulate dreams and your psychic energy. These Fae will
teach you how to develop your “charms” to draw others to you.
Hyacinth – These help to restore belief. They will give you energy to overcome grief
and awaken greater gentleness.
Iris – Iris was the Greek Goddess of the rainbow, and the faeries of this flower
manifest in all of the rainbow’s colors.
Jasmine – These faeries will help to bring on peaceful dreams and clarity of the mind.
Lamb’s Ear – This wooly perennial is a pet for the Faeries – normal animals are just too big!
Lavender – Where there is lavender there is great faerie activity. Faery clans like to have
many parties and lavender infused wine is one of their favorites because it promotes pure knowledge.
Lavender plants are also where the Faeries drape their clothes to dry. These faeries bring healing,
protection and help to overcome emotional blocks and the scent of lavender in the air relieves stress.
Elf leaf is another name for lavender, which is used in elfin magic.
Lilac – The scent attracts musical faeries.
Lily – These fae help one to nurture purity and humility within one’s self.
Lobelia – attracts winged faeries.

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Marigold – These flower faeries know the magic of thunderstorms. They will teach you
the power of words and the mysteries of love. A jam made of marigolds that is eaten in the morning
will help you to see faeries very soon after ingesting it. The Druids believe that Marigold water,
made from the blossoms, then rubbed on the eyelids, helps one to see faeries.
Morning Glory – Repels unwanted night faeries.
Mums – They help to strengthen the life force. They will help you to express yourself more lovingly.
New York Aster
Orange-eye butterfly bush/summer lilac
Orchid – Hammarbya paludosa is known as Green Faery Orchid.

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Pansy – Attracts parades of trooping faeries and they use these flowers for making love potions.
Oberon, the faery king, used pansies in his love potion in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”:
“Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell.
It fell upon a little western flower;
Before marked white; now with purple love’s wound –
And maidens call it Love-in-idleness.
Fetch me that flower, the herb I showed thee once.
The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid,
Will make a man or woman madly dote
Upon the next living creature that it sees.”

Periwinkle – Has the ability to inspire love. One can rekindle their love by eating the leaves.
Peony – Peonies are used as a charm to bring one dreams of faeries. Peony seeds
were once used to protect children from faeries. A garland of the seeds were placed around the child’s
neck to keep them safe from kidnappings.

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Poppies – Poppies are said to make you able to visit with the fae in your dreams.
Phlox – This flower attracts elves who oversee and guard the plants growth.
Pincushion Flower
Primrose (especially the blue and red ones) – Has the power to reveal the invisible.
Eating them will help you to see fairies. Hanging a spray of primroses on your door is said to be an
invitation to the fae to enter your home, and to draw fairy blessings; but scattering primroses outside
your door is said to keep faeries away by making a barrier that they can’t cross.Touching a Faery rock
with the right number of primroses (5) can open the pathway to the Faery realm. Beware, however, the
wrong number may open the door to a place you don’t want to be. Also, if you have them growing under
your care, do not let them die! The faeries will take your carelessness as a serious offense. Primroses
make great container gardens and can be used in Faery Magick. Tie a pink ribbon around your container
while chanting:
“Sacred roses, hear my cry,
For your protection, this I tie.”

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Ragwort – Used as makeshift horses by the faerie. The magick words used to make
the stems fly are, “Horse and Hattock.”

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Roses (they grow best when stolen) – Roses are very special to the Fae’s sisters, the Angels.
They give you a greater sense of love and they hold the secrets of time and its exploration.
The petals can be used in Faery Magick, especially love spells. When performing the spell, sprinkle rose
petals under your feet, and dance softly upon them, while asking the faeries for their blessing on your
White roses – help to develop spiritual purity.
Red roses – Are good for love and fertility.
Pink Roses – are for new life and a symbol of a new beginning.
Yellow roses – these Fae help you to express the truth.
When planting a baby rose bush chant:
“I ask a faery from the wild
to come and tend this wee rose child.
A babe of air she thrives today,
root her soul in the Goddess’ good clay.
Faeries make this twig your bower,
by your magic shall time see her flower.”

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Snapdragon – Hold these flowers secretly in your hand and others will
see you as gracious and fascinating. This plant and where it grows are watched over by tiny
dragons. The faeries and spirits of this flower have connections to the energies of all dragons
and, therefore, bring great protection for all from deceit and curses.
Thistles – Thistles are also called Pixies’ Gloves, because the fae use
their tiny flowers as such.
Tulip – These faeries hold the knowledge of the hidden significance of events, people and things.
Violet – The violet is the home of the Faery Queen and, therefore, sacred to all faeries.
Picking the first violets of spring will bring one good luck, and a chance to ask the Fae to grant them
a wish to be fulfilled within the year.
White Lotus – Some believe that the white lotus flowers are nymphs in disguise.
A woman can carry this flower to counter the effect of unwanted love spells.

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Plants for a Night Garden
The goal here is to plant a garden that will attract bats, owls and crickets.
Use alba or white flowers because their iridescent colour will stand out in the darkness.
Also be sure to include some noctiflora (flowers that bloom at night), especially those
that have a strong sweet smell such as night blooming jasmine, tobacco plant,
four o’clock flowers, dame’s violet, sweet rocket, and sweet woodruff. Building
a belfry will attract bats and having a compost heap will attract mice and,
therefore, owls to feed on them. So far as I know crickets aren’t really
something one needs to try to attract, they’re just pretty much everywhere…

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Celtic Gods, Goddesses, Kings, & Queens
Lisa’s Planet
For more about Faeries in your garden… Faeries and Other Wee Folk
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For books by Laurie Cabot, .
To Purchase Edain McCoy’s A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk, .
Buy Brian Froud’s Faeries and Good Faeries, Bad Faeries, .
for Scott Cunningham’s The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews
If you can’t find the books through the above links, they should have them here.

‘Mother mushroom and her children’ by Edward Okun.

A range of plants have fairy associations, both good and bad. It is convenient to divide them into three broad types for our discussion.


We commonly conceive of elves and fairies living in woodland, whilst certain specific tree species have strong links to fairies. Thorn trees are magical throughout Britain and Ireland. For instance, Northumbrian fairies are said particularly to prefer dancing around thorns. From across the border comes a Scottish story of a man ploughing a field who made a special effort to protect an old hawthorn, known to be a fairy meeting place- by leaving an unploughed circle of turf around it- was rewarded with a fairy banquet and a life time’s luck and wisdom in consequence. I have mentioned before the Old Lady of the Elder Tree as well as the special status of oaks as places for dancing or even as homes. In The discovery of witchcraft of 1584 Reginald Scot listed the many different types of fairies with which mothers would scare their children (Book VII, chapter XV). He included “the man in the oke,” a supernatural whose characteristics and habits are now almost entirely lost to us.

Rowan trees, in contrast, repel fairies. Rowan set over your door will allow you to watch the fairies riding past without being drawn into their procession and a rowan cross worn about your person will prevent the fairies seizing you. Both gorse and holly acted as protective barriers to fairies around a home, although it has to be confessed that they keep out humans just as well!


Today we tend to think immediately of flower fairies, but there is a much older and richer lore of flowers associated with fairies. Fairy blooms include yellow flowers such as cowslips, broom, primroses and ragwort; the stems of the latter are used like witches’ broomsticks. Blue bells are protected by fairies, and lone children picking them in woods risk being abducted. Fox gloves are known in Wales as menyg ellyllon, elves’ gloves. The fairies also favour red campion, forget-me-not, scabious, wild thyme and, more unusually, tulips.

A strange tale from Devon describes how pixies near Tavistock loved to spend their nights in an old woman’s tulip bed and the flowers thrived from their beneficial presence. When she died her flower bed was converted by the next residents in the cottage to growing parsley and the pixies blighted it. An unknown plant was used by Dartmoor fairies to heal a servant maid they had previously lamed for refusing to put out water for them at night. In a similar dual role, it is said that foxglove juice can expel a changeling and cure a child who is suffering from ‘the feyry’- that is, one who has been elf-struck.

The primary protective plant against fairies is St John’s Wort, although verbena is also effective. I have discussed two other very important fairy plants separately: fern seed can confer invisibility whilst four-leaf clovers can dispel glamour.


The link between fairies and the fairy ring where they are alleged to dance is very well established, but the associations go deeper. Fairy butter (y menyn tylwyth teg) is a fungus found deep underground in limestone crevices and elf food (bwyd ellyllon) is a poisonous toadstool. In Northumberland, fairy butter is a soft orange fungus found around the roots of old trees.

The linking of fungi with goblins and elves is well known and of longstanding. Perhaps it partly derives from the dual nature of the mushrooms- they may be edible or poisonous. They are, of course, linked to fairy rings and indicate where the elves have been dancing. One of these is the ‘Fairy Cake Hebeloma’, which is poisonous; another is the highly edible Fairy Ring Champignon. The sudden appearance of toadstools may seem magical and mysterious. Their red colouring (for the traditionally red and white spotted fly agaric toadstool) may link them to red fairy clothes whilst their diminutive size may also explain the connection. Robert Herrick in his poem Oberon’s feast imagines “A little mushroom table spread” for the tiny fairy diners and in The fairies’ fegaries “Upon the mushroome’s head/ Our table cloth we spread.”

Puff balls have been called ‘Puck’s fist’ and, in his Fairy mythology, Keightley suggests that ‘Elf’s fist’ was an old Anglo-Saxon name for the mushrooms found in rings. Wirt Sikes in British goblins relates a Breconshire belief that gifts of fairy bread by the Tylwyth Teg, if not eaten immediately in darkness, will prove to be toadstools in the daylight.

Further reading

In other postings I examine the magical properties of fern seed, I look closely at fairy rings, I discuss the use of clover in the famous green fairy ointment and I consider the ‘flower fairy‘ cult.

With warmer weather right around the corner (hopefully!), my kids have been playing outside more. As the snow has melted away in our yard, they have begun yet another season of building fairy houses. Collecting natural things all over the yard and creating elaborate domiciles for tiny woodland fairies and their friends is a favorite pastime for my family. We have built ones in the woods, at the beach and even adjacent to my sister’s Boston city apartment.

According to The Compleat Wetlander, fairy houses are, “a 100+ year tradition in Maine, especially along the coast and on the islands, when many island communities had working farms. Traveling schoolteachers brought folk tales involving fairies that inspired islanders—children and adults alike—to build gnome homes to attract fairies in order to watch over the livestock and children during Maine winters. A fairy house traditionally included a tiny altar with a small offering, such as a coin, to pay the fairies to help the farmers…” For the budding architect to the dreamy romantic, building a fairy house can be a wonderful activity for any number of children. Here is what you need to get building!

    • Fairy Houses (The Fairy Houses Series) written & illustrated by Tracy Kane
      • The Series has popularized this wonderful outdoor activity that originally started on islands off the coast of New England.
      • It introduce the concept of fairy houses with your family by reading these books together- get inspired!
    • Talk about what kinds of fairies live where you are planning to build your house
      • What do they do? What do they like? What would attract them to your house?
      • Legend says that fairies will come and live in a house they like.
    • Make a plan
      • Brainstorm ideas you would like to incorporate into the house
      • Try not to put down anyone’s ideas or tell them that making something like a four story house with a working elevator is impossible.
  • Search and collect
    • Have everyone scour your yard for materials to construct and decorate your fairy house.
    • One of the rules of fairy-house bulding is that you cannot destroy anything living to add to our fairy house.
    • Good materials for building might be leaves, twigs, pinecones, stones, feathers, dropped flower petals, acorns, seashells, etc.
  • Start building!
    • This is where the fun and creativity really begins.
    • Think about those fairies and start to build a place you think they would like to come and visit.
    • We often start ours at the base of a large tree to offer some stability.
    • Stick walls, bark roofs, stone pathways and acorn chairs- the ideas are limitless!
  • Try to focus on the process, not just the product
    • One of the real treasure of building fairy houses is that your children are out enjoying nature and having good, old-fashioned, imaginative and creative play.
    • Help them learn to enjoy the process of making their house.
    • Giggle over the cute bunk beds they made and marvel over the way they used a feather to look like smoke coming out of the chimney.
    • Compliment them when they work as a team or if they refuse to give up as they build their elaborate walkway.
  • Share your masterpiece
    • Find someone who has not helped you build and give them a “tour” of your fairy house.
    • Kids are so excited to share what they have worked on.
    • I love to hear the enthusiasm in their voices as they explain what each and every piece of the house is designed to do- such pride!
  • Get inspired to make more
    • WARNING: Building fairy houses can be addicting! Once my family starts, they want to keep building. We even keep a bag in our hiking backpack to store things we see during hikes that would be perfect additions to our next fairy house.
  • Visit other fairy houses
    • Do some research in your local community to see if other people are building fairy house in a central location.
    • In Maine, we are fortunate to have the Maine Fairy House Festival at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor.
    • We also have Mackworth Island, a magical village of fairy houses with room for you to build your own.

Have you or your family ever built a fairy house? What materials did you use? We’d love to see your fairy house! Post an image in the comments below or pop over to ListPlanIt’s Facebook page and post a picture of one of your fairy houses!

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