best plants for terrariums

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best plants for terrariums

happy monday, friends! if you've been around here for a while, you know i love terrariums. unfortunately, i've learned the hard way about which plants do and don't survive in this type of climate! (let's just say mine once started growing mushrooms.. ) in efforts of helping you skip the trial and error phase, i thought you might find this article helpful. better homes and gardens recently published an article about which plants work best for terrariums, and i've summed them up in an easy to view table below (you can read the bhg article for more details!).

best plants for terrariums(click on the image to make it bigger)

as pictured above:

1. peperomia caperata 'variegata'
2. cryptanthus bivittatus
3. arachnoides simplicior 'variegata'
4. pilea involucrata 'moon valley'
5. selaginella kraussiana 'aurea'
6. tillandsia stricta
7. acorus gramineus 'minimus aureus'
8. ophiopogon planiscapus 'nigrescens'
9. asplenium bulbiferum
10. saxifraga stolonifera
11. fittonia verschaffeltii var. argyroneura

happy terrarium-ing!

all images via better homes and garden


  • These terreriams are way more elegant than mine. I have 2 in my classroom that my preschoolers are facinated by and 2 at home. Better homes and garden had a good issue on terreraniums this year I am itching to start one like a desert and a forest floor.

  • WOW, thank you so much for sharing these fantastic plants. I have several plants in my office/studio, and I have wanted to create a terrarium like this.

    Do you have any ideas of what kind of critters to put in there too? I love geckos and frogs.

    • hey christina! i’m sorry i don’t know about any critters. i do love to use succulents though!

  • Bonnie thank you so much for this article! The plant list is awesome and your terrariums are absolutely beautiful! Not only did you create a really cool pic of the plants but the links to each one to learn more was spectacular! Thanks again!!

  • Do you know of any plants that will flower in the terrariums?

    • hey jessica! i don’t know of any off the top of my head, does anyone else?

  • Thank you so much for this article Bonnie. I too LOVE and have been wanting to try creating terrariums and you’ve made it seem so easy with these tips, thank you for sharing. :)

  • There are some great mini succulents now that you can get that flower to use in your terrariums :)

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