A New Twist on Old Terrariums
Topic: How-To Tips
Photo by Jenny Peterson
I love traveling to flower and garden shows each spring--I'm able to see new garden trends that I can pass along to my clients and blog readers incorporate into my own garden. This spring, I've seen a huge increase in terrariums--but they're not your mama's old terrariums from the 1970's!
Forget the old rounded fishbowl, and instead think of new shapes and sizes to work with. Nearly any container that is clear glass can work well--mason jars, large storage containers, suspended test tubes, hanging glass balls or giant glass cylinders all look clean and modern. Spend some time to get creative, because your container choice is one of the quickest and most dramatic ways to update this project!
Ferns will always work well in terrariums, but consider other plants like succulents (the plant trend of the moment) or tillandsias (air plants). Keep in mind that some plants like ferns or baby's tears prefer moist and humid conditions and will benefit from being in an enclosed terrarium with a cover, while other plants like succulents demand more air circulation and need an open-topped display. Ask about the mature size and care requirements of the plants you're interested in when you purchase them.
Your terrarium will look instantly artistic and to-the-moment when you experiment with layering different materials below the plants. Soil, gravel, different colored sands and tiny river rocks will all add an interesting visual texture that will shine through the clear glass container. Try tilting the container carefully as you slowly add the layers, to keep each layer clean and distinct.
Once your layers and plants are in place, tuck in some moss, seashells, small pieces of driftwood or twigs, or tiny statuary. These accents create some personality in your terrarium, and really cement any theme you have going. A zen terrarium will look great with a tiny Buddha statue, while woodland terrariums will be completed with spongy moss or twigs. Get personal with the finishing touches so your terrarium really represents your own unique style!
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