Landscape (UK) Jar full of nature’s beauty
With its layers of pebbles, soil and moss holding a trio of delicate plants, this pretty glass terrarium brings the outdoors inside
TERRARIUMS ARE A perfect way of creating miniature gardens to enjoy inside the home, and are often used to grow succulents and ferns. Planting dainty flowering plants to be viewed through the open-topped glass jar, which acts like a tiny greenhouse, allows their colour and beauty to be enjoyed indoors throughout the bare winter months.
Simple to set up, this terrarium requires just a handful of materials and a selection of small plants, and is both space-saving and low maintenance.
Step 3: The potting compost should be damp before using and can be watered if necessary, letting it drain slightly. It is then added to the jar, making a layer approximately 2in (5cm) deep. This can be done using a small scoop or by hand, rather than pouring it in, so that it does not make too much mess inside the jar.
Step 1: The jar is cleaned and dried thoroughly. A layer of gravel is carefully placed at the bottom of the jar, adding it in handfuls rather than pouring it in, so that it does not shatter the glass. The gravel should be approximately ¾in (2cm) deep and evenly spread.
Step 2: Charcoal powder is then sprinkled over the gravel, completely covering it. This will help to absorb odours from the potting compost.
The pansy is lifted from its pot and planted in the jar in the same way as Step 4, placing it towards the back of the jar, next to the hellebore.
7. Step 7: If the moss is in a sheet, it should be torn into pieces to fit on the surface of the potting compost, around the plants. All the potting compost is covered, adding smaller pieces of moss if necessary.
Step 5: Step 4: The hellebore is taken out of its pot and any excess soil carefully removed from around the roots. A shallow indentation is made in the potting compost inside the jar and the hellebore placed in it, spreading out the roots a little and anchoring it in place with a little more compost if necessary, so that it sits firmly upright.
6. Step 6: The fern is added next, again removing excess soil from the roots, and planted towards the front of the jar, with more potting compost added if necessary. The compost is firmed in around all three plants, so that they sit fast in the compost.
Step 8: Using the soft paintbrush, the inside of the jar is cleaned and any bits of potting compost brushed from the leaves and flowers to tidy them up.