Life-sized fairy garden
Fairy gardens seem to mean miniature gardens to most people. While they're very cute, I'm looking for something more life-sized. I have several little nieces (under 10) that like to visit in the spring and summer. They love dressing up as fairies and all things fairy seems to be very popular with them right now.
I have a garden on the east side of the house, half shade and half sun, with a grass path separating them. The shade garden is about 30' long and 4' deep and is against the house...then the grass path (about 5' wide) and then the sun garden is about 30' long and 6' deep. The sun garden has a 6' wide grass path that bisects the middle, resulting in 2 beds about 12' x 6' each. I have them planted almost as a mirror reverse, with butterfly bushes, coneflowers, gallica roses, and a bird bath on one end, by a metal archway. The gallica roses change color (Belle de Crecy) and I also have a few fairy roses. The shady plants are mostly a few ferns, some columbine, forget-me-knots and violas.
I'd like to add some accessories and more plants to make it feel like a fairy garden...with the girls being the fairies. I want to stick with safe plants to have around children, so violets are good, lily of the valley is out. Not everything has to be edible, but no highly toxic plants, like foxglove. The kitchen garden is nearby, and the side closest to the fairy garden is the kids side of the garden, so some ideas can transition over. For example, I'm putting a hopscotch in the veggie garden and an allee with climbing beans and cherry tomatoes. Also have a small "Peter Rabbit" garden with mini-veggies. I'd like to have a little seating area with a "stump" table and "toad stools" for the girls to use...(saw this idea on another forum.) This could go in either area, but there's probably more space in the kitchen garden. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. The girls like butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, flowers of all kinds, and of course, anything pink and purple :)