Terrariums came of age with the Victorians and are enjoying a new found resurgence, fueled in part by their affordability and the continued interest in all things gardening. “You can do it on a budget, do it with kids, do it with seniors.” says Tovah Martin, author of The New Terrarium.

Here are some of the best plant choices…


Name: Pilea involucrata ‘Moon Valley’
Size: To 12 inches tall and wide

‘Moon Valley’ friendship plant provides delicate patterning with deeply textured craters and valleys on two-toned leaves, which are tinted red on the underside. The fast-grower tolerates low light and at its maximum reaches 12 inches tall and wide; it may surprise with delicate pink flowers, too. This plant is a perfect size to enclose in virtually any glass container that’s fit for a terrarium, such as cloches or jars.

Name: Arachnoides simplicior ‘Variegata’
Size: To 16 inches tall and wide

Variegated spider fern seems to glow in a terrarium, thanks to the shine of its glossy leaves. A broad yellow center band on each leaf supplies visual interest for the easy-growing fern, which tolerates low light and enjoys the moist potting mix and high humidity found inside a terrarium.

Name: Cryptanthus bivittatus
Size: To 6 inches tall and wide

Cryptanthus bivittatus, also called starfish plant, which is a member of the bromeliad family. The straplike leaves nearly glow with iridescent stripes, which range from red to maroon, white, and deep green; the plant also has tiny flowers. The leaf colors of starfish plant change with the intensity of light, and its slow-growing nature — it reaches only about 6 inches at maturity — makes it well-suited for a terrarium.

Name: Fittonia verschaffeltii var. argyroneura
Size: To 12 inches tall and wide

Nerve plant is a tropical choice with distinctively patterned leaves in burgundy and green. It thrives under the moist, warm air of a terrarium and will only reach 12 inches when fully mature.

Name: Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’
Size: To 6 inches tall and wide

Its foliage has little color variation, but the textural ripples or wrinkles on the leaves of Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’ provide welcome contrast to terrarium plants that may be patterned with color. The plant stays 6 inches tall and likes the low but regular light and moist conditions under the glass of a terrarium.

Name: Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’
Size: To 6 inches tall and 2 feet wide

Even though Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’, or golden clubmoss, stays compact in height — just up to 6 inches — it likes to spread. In fact, it can reach 2 feet across, so keep it trimmed inside a terrarium. The light green foliage works wonders to brighten darker-color plants. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

Name: Acorus gramineus ‘Minimus Aureus’
Size: To 14 inches tall and 6 inches wide

Tiny Acorus gramineus ‘Minimus Aureus’ rewards under a terrarium with grassy, striking golden foliage. Great for an office cubicle.

Name: Pilea glauca ‘Aquamarine’
Size: To 12 inches tall and wide

Tiny variegation dots the small, silvery-blue, rounded leaves of Pilea glauca ‘Aquamarine’, a terrarium plant that loves high humidity and low light. Use its low-growing, densely matted, creeping pattern as a good base for other plants in your terrarium.

Name: Saxifraga stolonifera
Size: To 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide

Its lovely burgundy-red vertical stalks and flowers lend Saxifraga stolonifera the nickname strawberry begonia. While the plant rapidly matures, it only reaches a height of 8 inches. Even when the wispy flowers aren’t in bloom, the heart-shape foliage offers a two-tone pattern of green and deep red

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