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SUMMER 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT. TO ALL RETAILERS AND GROWERS:
Mulberry Miniatures has found a new a new production grower. Look for Mulberry Miniature plants at your favorite retailer.

Tropical shade perennials will live year after year in the south, according to their zone hardiness. Northern gardeners can keep them growing by planting them in containers outside between frost times and then bringing them indoors for the winter cited next to the best growing windows. For more growth, plant in ground for summer months, then pot them up for indoor winter enjoyment.

This group, just like the “Hardy Shade,” will grow great with only morning sun, with a few, like ficus, tolerating a full day of northern sun only.

They also make the best terrarium plants on the market. These plants like it a little on the wet side, but still allow the soil to dry out in between watering. Organic fertilizers are best, as they keep the plants toned, rather than becoming larger than they should with chemical fertilizers (P.S. Faeries disdain chemicals!)

These plant are fantastic not only for year round faery gardens, but also, as previously mentioned terrariums, indoor bonsai or bonsai accent plants and garden railroad(G-Scale) scenery Lastly, they just look damn cute on a windowsill.

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African Violet, Humpty Doo & Sloe FairyAfrican Violet, Humpty Doo & Sloe Fairy

“Please don’t splash cold water on my violet leaves”. As you know, it’ll cause spots and yellowing on the leaves and flowers. Please water from around or below.”
Size: Shrub 2"tall X 4"wide
Flowering Time: spring-winter
Zone: 9 -11

Arrowhead Plant, Pink Faery & Elfin FairyArrowhead Plant, Pink Faery & Elfin Fairy

“Life doesn’t get any better than this. Sitting in the shade with these leaves as my umbrella.” For a tree in a small terrarium garden or a shrub in a garden railroad, it’s hard to find a more colorful, rugged specimen.
Size: Shrub 3"tall X 5"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Babys' Tears, Golden & Orchis FairyBabys' Tears, Golden & Orchis Fairy

“I’m rich! I’m rich! I’m standing on a bed of tiny gold coins!” Any terrarium will be as lucky to have such a bright groundcover. Though it likes moisture, you can still overwater it, so be sure the soil dries out in between.
Size: Groundcover 1"tall X 5"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 7-11

Begonia, Mini Maple LeafBegonia, Mini Maple Leaf

Begonias add substance and long lasting color in the shade. In this case, delicate, clam-shell shaped petals, pinkish-red, open white. Just right for large terrariums or tropical miniature gardens, away from hot afternoon sun.
Size: Tree 9” tall x 9” wide
Flowering Time: spring - fall
Zone: 9 - 11

Begonia, Rhinestone Jean

Beautiful maroon red and yellow leaves make for a delightful shrub in any situation. Then there's the delicate white flowers that never stop coming, when it is happy.
Size: Shrub 2"tall X 4"wide
Flowering Time: spring-fall
Zone: 9 -11

Begonia, Tiny Pink & Elderberry FairyBegonia, Tiny Pink & Elderberry Fairy

We present the smallest leaved begonia available in shrub form that is tiny enough for our faery to nap underneath. As long as the soil around begonias is allowed to dry out, they are the perfect specimens for terrariums and small dish gardens.
Size: Shrub 6” tall x 6” wide
Flowering Time: spring - fall
Zone: 9 - 11

Calico Plant, Christmas-Tree & Holly FairyCalico Plant, Christmas-Tree & Holly Fairy

When you bring this in this winter, be sure to encourage the shape of a miniature Christmas tree. Instead of a multitude of colors, it shows of curly, swirling, deep green foliage.
Size: Shrub 4"tall X 4"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Calico Plant, Gold Thread & Box Tree FairyCalico Plant, Gold Thread & Box Tree Fairy

There’s nothing formal about this plant with a splash of gold here and there and undisciplined growth waiting to be trained to keep short and tidy. Use tiny scissors to shape and prune.
Size: Shrub 4"tall X 4"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Calico Plant, Red Thread & Yarrow FairyCalico Plant, Red Thread & Yarrow Fairy

Crazy colors of magenta, cream and green and crazy growth set this shrub apart. Fastest growing of all three, like other Calico Plants, pinching the tips will keep this compact and tidy.
Size: Shrub 6"tall X 6"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Confettii Fern & Baby Apple Blossom FairyConfettii Fern & Baby Apple Blossom Fairy

Though it begins as a carpet of confetti, it will grow into a small tree if you snip off the lower leaves (that shows off the trunk) and pinch tips to keep its shape.
Size: Tree 9"tall X 9"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Faery Fern, Tiny Tim & Candytuft FairyFaery Fern, Tiny Tim & Candytuft Fairy

“I don’t need a gazing ball to tell me this is not a true fern, but who cares, when it’s such a useful, mossy carpet.” Allow to dry out in between waterings.
Size: Groundcover 1/2"tall X 5"wide
Flowering Time: spring-summer
Zone: 7-11

Fern, Smallest Boston & Poppy FairyFern, Smallest Boston & Poppy Fairy

How little is the world’s smallest boston fern? It is SO little, it makes a poppy flower look humongous. Keep the tips from browning with even moisture- Not too wet, not too dry, “The Goldilocks Rule.”
Size: Shrub 2"tall X 3"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Ficus, Tiny Limey & Sweet Pea FairyFicus, Tiny Limey & Sweet Pea Fairy

Size: Tree 9"tall X 9"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Ficus, Tiny Oak-Leaf & Red Campion FairyFicus, Tiny Oak-Leaf & Red Campion Fairy

Looks more like a vine of miniature grape leaves than the classic ficus. It has no intention of turning into a tree, rather it creeps over rocks, pots and anything else you put in its way-very slowly.
Size: Groundcover 1/2"tall X 4"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Ficus, Too Little & Rose-Bay Willow-Herb FairyFicus, Too Little & Rose-Bay Willow-Herb Fairy

“Oh to have a tree that tolerates the shade is a rare pleasure.” In truth, all our ficus “trees” can take a a lot of sunshine, however, the 2 “creeping” ficus are not happy with direct afternoon sun. Not available after January 2016
Size: Tree 14"tall X 12"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Ficus, Variegated Trailing & Willow FairyFicus, Variegated Trailing & Willow Fairy

“When you grow too fast, I will use my sickle (leaf) to keep you in check.” In a terrarium, this creeping fig may take over quickly, but posed as a variegated vine in a garden railroad, it might be just the thing.
Size: Groundcover 2"tall X 7"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Ficus, Willow-Leaf & Elderberry FairyFicus, Willow-Leaf & Elderberry Fairy

“Yikes! This tree is a little taller than others.” Like other ficus trees, it puts up with a shady location, but it would much rather warm up to at least the morning sun, so cite it anywhere but on the north side of a building.
Size: Tree 16"tall X 16"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 9 -11

Fuchsia, David & Fuchsia FairyFuchsia, David & Fuchsia Fairy

Not all flowers are edible and even the “edible ones” aren’t tasty for all. However this Fuchsia is a tiny, sweet treat for the faeries and everyone else. Shape to create a tree.
Size: Tree 14"tall X 12"wide
Flowering Time: spring-fall
Zone: 8 -11

Fuchsia, Lottie Hobby & Fuchsia FairyFuchsia, Lottie Hobby & Fuchsia Fairy

Bring out the flowers by planting it where it’ll receive morning sun. Nibbling on these flowers is less tedious as they are a bit bigger though not as sweet. Create a tree by snipping off the limbs on the lower trunk and trimming above.
Size: Tree 8"tall X 8"wide
Flowering Time: spring-fall
Zone: 7-11

Fuchsia, Var. Lottie Hobby & Strawberry FairyFuchsia, Var. Lottie Hobby & Strawberry Fairy

“These beautiful flowers will be delicious with my strawberries!” Indeed these delicate flowers are lovely and sweet in any salad. Especially in the shade, good air circulation, well drained soil and steady watering are needed.
Size: Tree 6” tall x 6” wide
Flowering Time: spring - fall
Zone: 7 - 11

Ivy, Abundance & Stork's Bill FairyIvy, Abundance & Stork's Bill Fairy

“I wonder if this is has the tiniest ivy leaves in the world!” Imagine it spilling over the edge of a pot or trained along a fence. Find this and the following ivies again in the hardy shade section.
Size: Vine 6"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 5b-11

Ivy, Faery Finger & Heart's Ease FairyIvy, Faery Finger & Heart's Ease Fairy

‘Feen’ is German for faery which is quite appropriate for this, long fingered, delicate ivy. If faeries took high school senior pictures, these ivies would be the perfect backdrop.
Size: Vine 12"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 5b-11

Ivy, Mini Easter & Nasturium FairyIvy, Mini Easter & Nasturium Fairy

“Look at me- up in the tree.” The bold colors of the “Nasturtium Fairy” contrast perfectly with the bright white edges that trace each leaf like a halo. Find this and other ivies in the hardy shade section
Size: Vine 8"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 5b-11

Ivy, Peter Pan & Phlox FairyIvy, Peter Pan & Phlox Fairy

“You’re getting too much sun. Let me shade you.” Garden railroaders, in particular, like to trellis this and other ivies to look like a grape vineyard.
Size: Vine 12"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 5b-11

Peperomia, Pixie & Iris FairyPeperomia, Pixie & Iris Fairy

Yellow blotches on the kelly green foliage and their red stems below, match the yellow iris and its red streaks. Without assistance, it forms a rounded, obedient shrub.
Size: Shrub 4"tall X 4"wide
Flowering Time: summer
Zone: 9 -11

Peperomia, String-Of-Hearts & Heartease FairyPeperomia, String-Of-Hearts & Heartease Fairy

“Hello butterfly. Yes, this is the vine that holds leaves like coins. I swear some of them have markings that look just like a peace sign!”
Size: Groundcover 1/2"tall X 4"wide
Flowering Time: spring-fall
Zone: 9 -11

Pilea, Trailing Blue Angel & Jasmine FairyPilea, Trailing Blue Angel & Jasmine Fairy

“You’re like a blue waterfall over this mossy log.” Simply prune the tips of this fast growing carpet as it flows over shaded containers, rocks and rock walls.
Size: Groundcover 1"tall X 8"wide
Flowering Time: spring-fall
Zone: 9 -11

Pixie Lipstick, Variegated & Zinnia FairyPixie Lipstick, Variegated & Zinnia Fairy

“Too much sun for you.” Gardeners need to wait until winter to catch a glimpse of their rare, lipstick-red flowers be it indoors for most of the U.S. or in tropical gardens of the southernmost states.
Size: Groundcover 1"tall X 8"wide
Flowering Time: winter
Zone: 9 -11

Shamrock, Plum Crazy & Windflower FairyShamrock, Plum Crazy & Windflower Fairy

Plum and dark green foliage entertains butter yellow flowers anytime of year but the heart of summer. Prune tips if it gets too large and divide or root stems in water to repeat plant. Remove any “all-purple” stems that have reverted, as they grow too large.
Size: Shrub 5"tall X 5"wide
Flowering Time: spring-fall
Zone: 8 -11

Spikemoss, Golden & Forget-Me-Not FairySpikemoss, Golden & Forget-Me-Not Fairy

In all day shade, this spongy groundcover remains chartruese but add a bit of morning sun (only) and a golden, soft carpet emerges. Grow it flat or allow it to grow down a slope. Can grow fast, but easily pruned.
Size: Groundcover 2"tall X 6"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 6 - 11

Spikemoss, Pin Cushion & Laburnum FairySpikemoss, Pin Cushion & Laburnum Fairy

“They call you pincushion but I adore your plush growth for my pillow at night.” Morning sun or not, this spikemoss remains green, but like the others, it disdains the harsh afternoon sun. Likes humidity.
Size: Shrub 2"tall X 3"wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 7-11

Sweet Flag, Mini & Poppy FairySweet Flag, Mini & Poppy Fairy

Size: Shrub 3”tall X 3”wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 5 - 11

Sweet Flag, Mini Golden & Wild Thyme FairySweet Flag, Mini Golden & Wild Thyme Fairy

Size: Shrub 3”tall X 3”wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 5 - 11

Sweet Flag, Mini White Striped & Snowdrop FairySweet Flag, Mini White Striped & Snowdrop Fairy

Size: Shrub 3”tall X 4”wide
Flowering Time: N/A
Zone: 5 - 11