Passionate Plant People: The Art of Terrariums
12 Oct, 2021
To Vicki, every terrarium is a new piece of art.
Her advice to customers?
Vicki's Top Tips
Always make sure you choose plants that like the same conditions. Putting plants that prefer being dry next to moisture loving ones will make it difficult to keep them all alive at once! Dry terrariums can include cacti and succulents. Wet terrariums can include ferns, fittonias, syngoniums and peperomias. Using an odd number of plants works best i.e., 3 or 5. Vary plant shapes and leaf textures to add interest, i.e., round, cylindrical, conical and variegated, shiny, and fluffy. Think about colour harmony. All greens are not created equal. When choosing a plant with a blue/green leaf your design will work better if all the plants have a blue bias. When trying to get a natural look for ground formation, slope the soil slightly. Put the big stones down first, then add the small ones. The small ones will fill the gaps and cover the bottom edge of the bigger stones making it look as if they have always been there. Use different coloured stone paths and repeating colours or shapes for your eye to follow around your terrarium adding movement and rhythm. The last tip is to run a little bit of water around the inside edge of the glass on completion to water your plants and wash any soil residue left on the glass down to the soil level. Just make sure you don’t overdo it!