Ter­rar­i­ums are the Su­per Bowl of suc­cu­lents

The Progress-Index - At Home - - NEWS - By Lind­sey M. Roberts A ter­rar­ium cre­ated by Michele Wey­mouth. “I al­ways put some­thing gold in my ter­rar­i­ums,” Wey­mouth says, “It’s my sig­na­ture.”

Al­most ev­ery home­owner with a black thumb wants to know: What’s the trick to en­joy­ing plants with­out killing them?

For those who are busy, for­get­ful or truly hope­less in the gar­den, Michele Wey­mouth of Ash­burn, Va., points to suc­cu­lent ter­rar­i­ums. Last­ing longer than cut flow­ers, suc­cu­lents are es­pe­cially wel­come in win­ter, when ev­ery­thing out­side is dead, dor­mant or cov­ered with snow. And build­ing a ter­rar­ium around them gives you a chance to cre­ate a living lit­tle world in your home. Yes, those glassen­closed minia­ture gar­dens that were wildly loved by the Vic­to­ri­ans and then pop­u­lated ev­ery home in the ‘60s and ‘70s have made a come­back.

Wey­mouth, who sells her ter­rar­i­ums through her busi­ness Living Mi-Wey, was first drawn to them for their `calm­ing na­ture more than their ease. “I was go, go, go all the time,” she says. “I have a very busy boy. And we had been away for six weeks, tour­ing friends from Australia around the coun­try. When I got home, I dropped my suit­cases and went straight to the backyard to take care of my plants. I thought, ‘This is what I should be do­ing all the time.’ “

Wey­mouth crafts ter­rar­i­ums in all kinds of ves­sels, from sim­ple glass cylin­ders to type­writ­ers. She says that suc­cu­lents are per­fect for peo­ple who are busy, who live in small spa­ces or who of­ten for­get to wa­ter. “They are a desert plant. Their leaves are nice and thick and cel­lu­lose, help­ing them to hold wa­ter, and that’s what helps them sur­vive long pe­ri­ods of time with­out wa­ter­ing.” Wey­mouth gave us a step-by-step to cre­ate your own in as lit­tle as an hour.

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