Old is new again! Once forgotten in corners of holiday homes, these clever miniature ecosystems are now popping up everywhere – but with a modern twist. Planted in glass bowls, vases or even large light bulbs, terrariums are ideal for injecting a stylish green touch to your home, particularly if you don’t have much space or time to look after plants. You can buy them, but it’s great fun to have a go at making your own display.
Gather your supplies
• Large glass bowl
• Blue rainbow sand
• Medium-sized river pebbles
• Sydney sand
• Propagating sand
• Selection of succulents (we used Mexican bush sedum, aloe, string of pearls, tillandsia, Euphorbia caputmedusae, Crassula ‘Gollum’)
You’ll also need
Chopsticks or sturdy sticks; funnel; paintbrush; small pieces of driftwood; ‘dead’ rock; fish ornament
Step 1 Fill base of glass bowl with blue rainbow sand. Spread a layer of pebbles evenly around edge of bowl.
Step 2 Pour and spread propagating sand in centre and over pebbles, ensuring sand is at least 10cm. Use fingers to pack sand firmly around edges.
Step 3 On a flat surface, decide on placement of plants and ornaments for your bowl (we positioned tall plants at back and low-growing plants at front). Lift plants from pots and carefully remove soil from root ball. Plant in desired position, using chopsticks or sturdy sticks to push down roots. Plant up entire bowl and position decorations.
Step 4 Using funnel, carefully pour Sydney sand over top of propagating sand. Using paintbrush, dust off any excess sand on plants. To water, mist well once a week