Green­scape lit­tle won­der

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

TER­RAR­I­UMS have long been pop­u­lar with those who want to bring a touch of na­ture in­doors but don’t want the has­sle of high main­te­nance.

Their re­cent re­vival has now given way to a wave of mod­ernised de­signs with minia­ture green­scapes in many creative styles.

Lime Tree Bower owner He­len Hung, who cus­tom makes ter­rar­i­ums in themes rang­ing from beach life to Lord of the Rings, says there is an op­tion to suit al­most any home in­te­rior.

“You want it to have a lit­tle bit of light, not di­rect light nec­es­sar­ily, but through the win­dows or cur­tains will help with the plant’s growth,” she says.

The flo­ral de­signer also runs ter­rar­ium work­shops for peo­ple look­ing to cre­ate their own.

“As long as you have the right sup­plies it’s pretty easy to do,” she says.

“The big­gest thing is to put your own touch on it.”

Suc­cu­lents are the most com­mon plant to use as they thrive in the hu­mid con­di­tions, but cacti and ferns can also work well.

The op­tions for glass con­tain­ers are very var­ied and can in­clude ev­ery­day ob­jects such as fish bowls, jugs, jars or vases.

“The shape of what I choose very much be­comes a big fea­ture of the de­sign,” Hung says.

“Closed con­tain­ers will get more hu­mid so will not work well for plants that you need to keep dry.”

Peb­bles or gravel are used as the bot­tom layer to help drainage fol­lowed by a layer of crushed char­coal.

“It helps keep the soil healthy be­cause it ab­sorbs any wa­ter,” Hung says.

Sand, rocks and moss can be used to add to the green­ery, fol­lowed by dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments. See more ter­rar­i­ums at lime­tree­bower.com

Some of the many ter­rar­i­ums He­len Hung has cre­ated at Lime Tree Bower.

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