Written By

Nostra Homes

11th of July 2016

Building a new home is sometimes quite daunting! More often than not your landscaping is the last thing on your mind - but rest assured terrarium's are a great way to bring some greenery to your home and can be made in less time that you think! 


If you’re looking for a simple but effective decorative piece for your home, you can't go wrong with a terrarium. It's a great idea to have indoor plants, but sometimes, if you're really busy or travel often, it becomes really difficult to maintain them and that's where a terrarium is a great idea. Essentially a miniature garden, this easy-to-make greenhouse will come to life in any room in your home.

A terrarium can be made from a jar, a vase, a drinking glass or a fish bowl - the options are truly endless. 


Since the plants you choose will all be living in the same small space, it's best to choose ones that have similar care requirements when it comes to things like watering and sunlight.


You want to find moisture-loving plants that will thrive in the humid conditions created by a terrarium. Plants that are perfect for terrariums include:

  • nerve plants 
  • begonias
  • African violets
  • 'baby's tears' 
  • jade plant
  • cacti and succulents
  • sempervivum 
  • button fern
  • mosaic plant


If a terrarium is to be viewed from all angles, arrange the plants with the tallest one in the middle. If it's viewed from one angle, position the tallest plants to the rear and shorter low growing plants to the front. A range of different heights, colours and leaf shapes will always create interest just as it would in a garden bed.



  • Place pebbles in the bottom of your glass vessel. Pebbles are a decorative feature at this point, so how many and what colour pebbles you use is up to you.
  • Mix pieces of activated charcoal with soil and cover pebbles with mixture at least 4cm deep. The charcoal stops any nasty smells coming from moist soil.
  • Trim the roots of the plants so they are suitable for the depth of the soil.
  • Plant your selected plants in an arrangement that will look appealing from all sides and angles of the terrarium. 
  • Using your hands, press soil firmly around the roots of plants. 
  • Water the plants so the roots settle into the soil.

When positioning your terrarium, make sure you keep it away from direct sunlight and from heaters because they will get too hot and dry out. Do be careful not to over water, your plant thrives in a humid environment, so check for signs such as wilting and water by spraying lightly with a spray bottle.


A terrarium offers a great opportunity to get creative. Not only can you use your imagination when it comes to designing the layout for the plants, but you can add quirky layers to your terrarium to make it unique and match your home.