by Rebecca Bradshaw
Organic, beautiful, and practical, terrariums are the perfect way to bring an element of nature into your home. The miniature displays of glass and greenery add a vibrant, living accent to the décor of any room, and best of all, you don’t need to have a green thumb to create or care for these indoor gardens.
Once a staple of the 1970’s, decorating with terrariums has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years thanks to their affordability and the turn towards green living. Traditionally, succulents and other small plants were used to make small landscapes that were housed in glass containers such as aquariums and snifters, but these days terrariums are limited only by the imagination of their do-it-yourself creators.
Depending on the type of plants they house, terrariums can be shown in either low light or well-lit spaces, making them a versatile decorating tool. The general rule of thumb is to place ferns and tropical plants together, separate from cacti and succulents. Containers are layered with small pebbles for false drainage, plant appropriate potting soil, and activated charcoal to keep the terrarium free of fungus and bacteria. The top layer of the container can be decorative, using moss, small pebbles, or topped with sand and seashells to create a “beachy” display.
Everything from uniquely shaped containers made specifically for terrariums to old mason jars can be used to display your indoor garden. A teacup filled with aquamarine makes a small and whimsical terrarium, perfect for the corner of a home office desk. Layers of natural stones and plants placed in tall crystal containers can be grouped together to create a dramatic focal point in a living room, or used as a striking dining table centerpiece. Place plants in repurposed outdoor glass light fixtures and hang at different heights to give any room a creative focal point. Margarita glasses, repurposed light bulbs, cloches, domed cake stands, and even old soda bottles can make impactful visual statements when transformed into terrariums.
Create a textured and visually pleasing terrarium by combining variegated spider ferns with Moon Valley friendship plant and Golden Clubmoss in a covered glass dome. A lidded container allows condensation to build and keep plants moist. Small, slow growing Starfish, Variegata, and Nerve plants are also good choices to fill covered terrariums. For a more arid arrangement that requires little moisture, tiny barrel cacti and pale succulents work well together in open topped containers and low sided bowls. Water terrariums are also an easy to maintain option. Pothos, duckweed and other surface floating plants can be placed in clear, open vessels filled with water, seashells, and other organic elements to create a beautiful, natural display.
Diorama or “tiny world” terrariums are a popular decorating option these days. Plants, along with small figures and natural elements such as stones, twigs and feathers are arranged in containers to create scenes that tell a story or capture a memory. From detailed to simple, do-it-yourself diorama terrariums bring a unique and personal impact to any space they occupy.
Whether you build your terrarium from all natural elements or add non-organic items, these tiny indoor gardens are sure to bring the beauty of nature into to any room in your home.
Sources: Homedit, Houzz, ArtSeaChic, Better Homes & Gardens