Greenscape little wonder
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.