In the middle of winter, it’s hard to make your home feel warm, bright, and welcoming. Luckily, indoor plants are the perfect way to spruce up your style and add vibrance! These elegant, terrarium-like displays will revitalize your space and turn any corner into a mini oasis. Once you learn what these terrariums need for care, the rest is easy-peasy.
To add modern style, try an angular succulent bowl.
“Whether gifted to a friend or displayed in your own home, terrariums provide mini landscapes that bring the beauty of the outdoors in to brighten a dull winter view,” says Patricia Buzo, author of A Family Guide to Terrariums (Buy from Amazon, $12.29). For an easy-made display with a bright and modern look, as shown above, she suggests pairing succulents with cheery pink gravel in an angular bowl.
To create this display, place a layer of pebbles in the bottom of bowl (for drainage), then pour in cactus potting mix (available at garden centers) and nestle the roots of an echeveria and a jade plant in the soil. Add pink aquarium gravel to the top of the soil. Give bright light and water when soil is dry.
Note: Jade plants can be toxic if ingested, so keep away from pets and children.
To dress up a table, try primrose in a glass cloche.
“Placing a personalized primrose under a glass bell at each place setting is a sweet way to surprise guests as they take their seats at your table,” notes Buzo. To get the look, lift a primrose plant from its plastic nursery tray and wrap a cut-to-fit piece of preserved moss roll (at craft stores) around the base of the plant, then secure with a rubber band. Tie on a name tag, then add to a plate and cover with a glass cloche. “After dinner, instruct guests to remove the glass cloche, take the plant home, remove the moss wrap and pop into a small, soil-filled pot.” The plant thrives in moist soil in a sunny spot.
Note: Primrose can be toxic if ingested, so keep away from pets and children.
To infuse spring whimsy, create a lush orchid display.
“Styling a wide-mouth vase with an orchid, succulent and moss-covered branch kissed with a bitty bird figurine creates a whimsical scene that reminds us that spring is just around the corner!” says Buzo. To make, remove a Moth orchid from its plastic pot and drop into a vase alongside a Hobbit Jade plant. Top the soil with preserved moss, then stake a branch (from the yard) into the soil. Then, hot-glue a bird figurine onto the branch. Set it in bright, indirect light and give it a 1 ⁄4 cup of water every three to four weeks.
We hope you discover the terrarium that brings you joy! And if you need to work on your green thumb, check out these tips for taking care of plants in the winter.
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.