How to create a Beatrix Potter-worthy garden*

Fairytales are often set in nature. Tree stumps become small cosy homes for families of mice and any thicket of trees could be the scene of an adorable story. Fairies are born in flower buds and mushrooms are seats for any number of magical creatures. A major part of the joy of such a natural setting is that anything can happen. The woods have a lot to answer for, from Sleeping Beauty to A Midsummer Nights’ Dream! So how can you bring this natural fairytale look to your garden? Easy. 

*this is a collaborative post on www.icecreamandclara.co.uk

Allow Mother Nature to do her thing – No forest is ever perfect and no meadow has ever grown in perfect lines. Nature is chaotic and fills every gap it can find. Allowing your garden a bit more freedom might sound like a recipe for trouble but with the right guidance, even a small space can feel completely natural, as though mother nature herself had planted it. 

Trees are often the biggest problem but you can get tree surgery quotes quite easily and ensure that your trees are kept in check without lifting a finger. The key to having trees in your garden is making sure that the canopy stays quite high by removing lower branches to let in the light. You should also make sure that your trees are planted strategically so that they never block the sun too much. A lovely way to bring more colour into your garden is to allow wildflowers to self-seed around the garden. This is also a brilliant way to reduce the amount of effort you have to put in! Allowing your lawn to transform into a meadow is also a lovely option but it might be worth putting a pathway through so you can still reach the end of your garden!

Make it a wildlife haven – adding little lovely features like a pond, bird boxes, a variety of wildflowers and even a compost heap will mean a variety of wildlife will soon start to move in. Plus a compost heap is a wonderful way to dispose of old food and food peelings, plus any greenery that you had to remove from the garden. It’s more environmentally friendly and you will be able to use the nutrient rich soil for more planting once it composts.

Add lighting – Lighting is so important when you are designing your interior but so many people forget to put lights in their gardens! Light isn’t just important for your plants to grow, it is also the perfect way to draw attention to particular areas of the garden. Great lighting can truly transform your space so it’s worth playing around with different options to see what works. 

Adding a few lights to show where your garden paths are is essential but there are so many other options to consider too. For example, using uplighting to draw attention to your trees will give a greater sense of space at night while emphasizing their beautiful boughs. Solar lights are perfect for this as they will come on as the light dims so you don’t have to lift a finger. 

Fairy lights can look stunning in a fairytale garden. You can drape them in trees, string them across the space and even put them in jars to create a focal point. Warm white fairy lights will always bring a sense of magic to a space and create a soft glow!

Accessorize – Yes, just like your bedroom, the garden too is a perfect place for charity shop finds. Allowing nature to take old things into her arms is always going to feel just a bit more magical so feel free to put smaller plants into china teacups or even a teapot. Whimsy is an important part of any fairytale, after all! Adding a large mirror is also a good idea. Mirrors will reflect the light in your garden and make it feel bigger as a result. Allow trailing plants to form a natural frame for extra fairytale points. 

Remember that your accessories don’t have to be out in the garden all the time. Adding bunting is a classic option that always adds some festivity to your space. Similarly, putting out large cushions for summer entertaining will make a difference too. When you are accessorizing your garden, keep in mind the size of the objects you bring in. Smaller, secret accessories like a fairy door at the bottom of a tree or a few tiny coloured bottles grouped together will feel far more magical than having lots of large accessories. 

Anyone can have a magical garden, no matter how big or small your space is. Welcome a bit of the wild into your garden, provide perfect lighting to make the most of the shapes and pop a little fairy door on your favourite tree. Any of Beatrix Potter’s characters would love to move in!

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11 Comments

  1. Adriana Robles
    March 10, 2020 / 11:27 pm

    Because I live in an apartment with no balcony I'd love to create a mini indoor garden!

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    • elizabeth
      March 16, 2020 / 1:17 am

      Aw that's so cute! Thanks so much Adriana 😀 ♡

  2. lovely-everything
    March 11, 2020 / 2:10 pm

    so cute ☀ 🌸

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    • elizabeth
      March 16, 2020 / 1:18 am

      Aw thank you! 😀 ♡

  3. UpYourVlog
    March 11, 2020 / 2:21 pm

    Love this! Looks like it's been plucked from a fairytale 😀

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    • elizabeth
      March 16, 2020 / 1:18 am

      Awww so kind! Thanks so much Natalie 😀 ♡

  4. Em Barker
    March 17, 2020 / 11:37 pm

    your posts are so cute, I love this!

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    March 18, 2020 / 7:39 pm

    Wish to have a garden 🙂

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  8. Richmond Tree Surgeon
    June 18, 2020 / 12:50 am

    Thank you Elizabeth! We work with trees ALL the time but it's nice to see how you paint them in a completely different, magical light! Great post!

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