Aesthetics of the terrarium plants you choose
There are several things to consider when choosing plants for your terrarium.
Choose plants of different heights and leaf shapes and choose some plants with a splash of color- Your plants should compliment each other in that they give a nice variety. If all the plants are similar it is a boring arrangement. The picture here is of an arrangement with three plants. There is a nice fern that is the tallest and placed n the back. There is an ivy plant in the foreground. Its broad leaves fill the space nicely. The third plant, offset to the right is a nice plant with red striped leaves.
Multiple Plants - When I am shopping for plants I also look for multiple plants in the same pot. This picture here shows an abundance of stalks in the pot. These can be separated and planted in smaller groups or even as individual plants. This gives you good artistic control over your terrarium. It also allows you to get good variety without overcrowding.
So Exactly what plants should you get for your terrarium?
If you require low light plants I have another page devoted to them Low light terrarium plants
|I wouldn't worry too much about what exact plants to get for your terrarium. I recommend you get plants that you find pleasing and see what happens. Care for them as best you can and see how they do. You can always remove a plant and replace it with something else. Anyway here are some recommendations to specific plants.
|Palm Neanthe Bella
||Low light and grows slowly - hardy
Very durable, needs little care
Sweet Kate Blue & Gold Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
||Very durable low care plant Swedish Ivy Plectranthus Verticillatus
|Bird Nest Sansivieria
||Makes nice groundcover Crispy Irish Moss
||Very hardy and good looking Scottish Moss - Sagina subulata 'Aurea' - Very Hardy
||Come in many bright colors but need a lot of light Croton
||Medium Light , nice shaped leaves Pothos
||Lemon Button Fern
||Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Sarracenia
||Carnivorous Butterwort Plant
|Miniature african violets
||Adds nice color - Miniature African Violets
||Begonia bundle of 5
||High sunlight and sandy soil Instant Cactus/Succulent Collection - 8 Plants 1
Don't hesitate to use herbs like parsley, mint, chives, oregano or others in your terrarium. They tend to be hardy, stay small and often add a little bit of a nice aroma.
Assortment of 12 Culinary Herb Seeds - Grow Cooking Herbs- Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sage, More
- Mini palms
- Nerve plant
- Pilea (nothing kills this one it seems)
- Asparagus Fern
- Table fern (a little delicate but not the worst)
- Begonia Rex
More Great Terrarium Plants
H. Potter Terrarium Garden Planting Kit
- H Potter has assembled a complete kit for planting your new small terrarium. Attractive enough to send as a gift.
- You receive the following items each individually packed in a burlap bag: pea gravel 11 oz, activated charcoal 1.5 oz
- sphagnum moss (dead, not for aesthetics, it's for filtration) 0.5 oz, & soil 7 oz, plus complete planting instructions. (See image of brochure in other images. Brochure comes folded)
- If you are purchasing an H Potter terrarium see the list below in product description to select the correct size kit.
- Plants NOT included. We also offer an H Potter Terrarium Planting Kit in a Medium and a Large size.
Here are some terrarium plants that I have purchased from amazon.com
Here is the baby tears that I bought. the quarter gives you a good sense for the size of it and the size of the little leaves.
They are fantastic for terrariums, small leaves and look great.
Hirt's Baby Tears Plant - 4" Pot - Helxine - Great Indoor Plant
This is the exact link to the ones I purchased on Amazon.
Here are ten terrarium plants that I purchased from amazon. They are in 2 inch plastic pots. There are two sets, a set of five ferns for terraiums and a set of five terrarium plants.
Mini Ferns for Terrariums/Fairy Garden -Assortment of 5 Different Plants-2" Pots
Terrarium & Fairy Garden Plants - Assortment of 5 Different Plants in 2" Pots
Live Pixie Cup 2 PACK Cladonia for Terrariums Gardens Bonsai Crafts
I absolutely love these little pixie cups. I have them in several of my terrariums.
Live British Soldier Cladonia Cristatella Lichen for Terrariums Gardens Bonsai 5 PACK
Here is a lightbulb terrarium with the Pixie Cups and the British Soldiers.
You can see the tutorial on how to make this right here: Make a Lightbulb Terrarium
Exotic Terrarium Plants you can purchase and have shipped from Amazon.com
Need some Cactus Plants? Amazon.com has them.
Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting- Rogers points out that many people have a limited space in which to plant a garden and don't have a lot of time to pursue their hobby. He writes that one of the most space-saving and time-efficient ways to enjoy gardening is to include container plantings...Rogers discusses basic design elements, including color, line, form and mass, spece, and texture. Included are 240 splendid photgraphs." George Cohen, Booklist ( Booklist )
"Rogers points out that many people have a limited space in which to plant a garden and don't have a lot of time to pursue their hobby. He writes that one of the most space-saving and time-efficient ways to enjoy gardening is to include container plantings...Rogers discusses basic design elements, including color, line, form and mass, spece, and texture. Included are 240 splendid photgraphs."
-George Cohen, Booklist ( Booklist )
Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents - features the history, cultivation, and imaginative use of more than 300 plants -- in step-by-step color stages. This is a feast of in-depth information and eye-catching photography. DK's new line of paperback titles combines all the qualities of its hardcovers with the advantages of the soft cover format. Each of these already popular books will now be available to a large new readership who will delight in the essential elements of every DK title: clarity, educational value, and visual appeal.