How to make a high-impact, low-maintenance garden the easy way
There are two types of people: Those who can keep a plant alive, and those who cannot. While the “garden people” Instagram their puffy hydrangeas and always have a sweet-smelling centerpiece at the ready, the black thumbs of the world exist without the aesthetic benefits of home-grown bouquets—or worse, succumb to (eek!) silk flowers.
But we spotted a solution at HGTV Magazine’s Blogger Block Party that bridges the gap between the plant-iful and the plant-less: tabletop terrariums. These small, enclosed floral arrangements are clean and modern and look perfect, and yet they’re so simple to make and maintain, anyone—award-winning rose gardeners to never-grown-anything city dwellers—can make them come alive (and stay that way).
Round up your favorite apothecary jars, make a quick trip to the garden shop and then start crafting; in minutes, you’ll make a microterrarium that’ll add a pop of green to your dining table, bookshelf or bathroom—and prove that you may have a bit of a green thumb after all.
What You’ll Need:
- A small, clear, closed vessel (try a Mason jar or an apothecary jar)
- Gravel or polished pebbles
- Potting soil
- Live moss (look for cushion, frog or reindeer moss)
- Moisture-loving plants (try ferns, African violets and strawberry begonias)
- Small funnel
- Optional: tiny trinkets (think charms and small figurines)
- Basic tools: spoons or a funnel for placing soil, tweezers for adding plants to the vessel, scissors for clipping greenery, and paper towels for cleaning up
Put It Together:
- Use the spoon and the funnel to add alternating layers of gravel and soil inside the vessel to create a base for the plants’ roots.
- Use the tweezers and your fingers to layer in moss and plants of different heights and colors to create visual interest. Trim the plants with scissors.
- Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of water to your terrarium and close the lid.
- Keep your new creation in bright but indirect sunlight, and water once per month.