Fairy Garden Dreams! Mini Coleus

As far as I can tell, Fairy Gardens and the miniatures that go with them are still insanely popular. Fairy gardens are usually planted with succulents and other small-leaved low growing plants. This spring you might try this new mini coleus. It’s perfect for your fairy gardens.

Sea Monkey and Sea Urchin are the tiniest of coleus and a perfect way to add some color to your fairy garden!

Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin has narrow leaves in three colors, clockwise from top of picture above, Red, Copper, and Neon.

Here are all three in August of last year.

Sea Urchin Neon

Sea Monkey

Sea Monkey has ‘shrimpy’ shaped leaves and is also offered in three colors. Apricot, Purple, and Rust.

This picture is from the beginning of August last year, so you can see they really do stay small!

The leaves are fingertip size!

Fairy Gardens, Terrariums, and more!

Can you imagine how much fun these colorful little annuals will be? The best part is coleus will grow in shade, so now you can have your fairy garden under a tree and plant it too! Terrariums on your covered patio, container gardens under your umbrella. It’s always exciting to have a new options for shade.

Succulents are the usual choice for fairy gardens, but they need full-sun to thrive. Without it, they get leggy and ugly-looking. There are other choices like creeping thyme and some tropicals, but colorful foliage is a bit harder to find.

Until now!

I’ll be hunting for Sea Monkey Purple to make myself a fairy garden this spring! How about you? Do you have a fairy garden?

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Author: The Shade Gardener

Hi there! I'm Vanessa, the Shade Gardener. I live in a tiny little house in Ontario with my 2 grown boys, 2 dogs and a cat, where I do my best to grow plants in a heavily shaded yard and soil like cement. I am passionate about my family, my pets, MCM furniture and cheese. When I'm not in the garden I do a bit of crafting and sewing. Sometimes I build topiary animals from chicken wire for fun.