Terrariums have established themselves as an absolute trend in interior design in recent years and this trend is expected to continue. It is easy to see why terrarium plants are becoming increasingly popular and in demand in interiors. Before we show their advantages, let’s make it clear again: Basically, a terrarium is a small greenhouse. These are glass containers filled with flowers and serve as a wonderful addition to the interior of every home, regardless of whether there is a lot of or little light. And something else especially important: Terrarium plants are pretty easy to care for, provided they get the right amount of light and moisture. So before you choose a vessel and fill it with terrarium plants, you should decide on the right types of plants for your terrarium. We have prepared 4 easy steps for you that must help you to design a beautiful and somewhat eye-catching terrarium with suitable plants.

You can arrange different plants in the terrarium and put them in the limelight.

Put glasses with different plants in the limelight at home in the terrarium

 A terrarium in a fancy glass container quickly turns into a great eye-catcher in the room.

Terrarium unusual glass container great eye-catcher in the room

  • Step 1: Determine and select the location and the plants for the terrarium

Anyone who wants to introduce a green note into their own home in all seasons immediately thinks of a terrarium. First of all, in this regard, the question arises as to where the terrarium could be placed. The location is particularly important for the good growth of the terrarium plants and in general for their proper development at home. The light exposure of the plants ultimately depends on the selected location. The type of system is usually determined by the lighting. This means that you can choose an open or closed container for your terrarium plants, depending on the light conditions in the room. In addition, the glass containers can have very different, sometimes even unusual shapes – from round to polygonal to the classic cubic.

 A polygonal glass container full of terrarium plants elegantly decorates the windowsill.

Terrarium polygonal glass container green plants succulents on the windowsill

While open terrariums allow a sufficient flow of air and are therefore better suited for dry plants, e.g. B. Succulents, the closed containers are much more humid. In this case, think of ferns and moss, they will thrive there wonderfully. In addition, you must not forget that your plants should have a common habitat in the terrarium. The conditions have to be equally good for all plants anyway. For that to be possible, they should need similar levels of light and moisture. You still have to consider this when choosing your terrarium plants.

 Choose those plants that have the same light and water needs.

Terrarium plants have the same light and water needs

Only under this condition will the terrarium be a success.

Terrarium plants with the same light and water needs

  • The best plants for a terrarium at home depending on the lighting conditions:

According to this particularly important criterion, we divide the plants into groups and subgroups, depending on their affinity for natural light.

  1. If a lot of bright light floods your home, opt for an open terrarium with succulents. You can choose one or more types of plants for this. The following flowers, for example, are suitable for this: the money tree, houseleek and Flaming Käthchen.
  2. If medium-strong light comes into your rooms, you can choose either an open or a closed terrarium. For example, the following plants are recommended for open terrariums with medium light: the dwarf pepper, fern (various species), the moss fern and small-growing Dracaena species.

 Well selected, the terrarium plants adapt well to the water and light conditions.

Well-selected plants in a terrarium adapt well to water and light conditions

But if a closed terrarium is better inscribed in your interior and there is also medium-strong light in the room, then the following plants are suitable for your home: the wood sorrel, low-growing palm trees, feather asparagus and bob haired.

  1. Insufficient natural light in the room

Whether you live in an apartment with small windows or no windows, or work in an office with neon lighting, you can arrange a closed terrarium with moss and still keep it alive for a long time. There are types of moss that adapt well to these conditions or those that do not need natural light.

The old and already unusable coffee pot can easily be transformed into a terrarium.

Step 2: Choose a suitable container for your terrarium plants


After we have discussed the location and the best terrarium plants, it is now the turn of the container type. This generally depends on the water needs of the plants that you have selected for your terrarium. The different types of plants deal with moisture differently, some do not like it at all. Therefore, the following rule applies here: Terrarium plants that have little moisture in them can thrive well in an open container. And vice versa – plants that can store enough moisture in their stems and leaves grow in a closed container.

Hardly anyone would do without such a beautiful window sill decoration

Terrarium beautiful windowsill decoration with green plants

But apart from that, there are a lot of plants that adapt well to the new living conditions, but also those that are too spoiled, cannot adapt and simply die.

 Be sure to choose suitable and, above all, easy-care plants for your terrarium at home!

Choose easy-care plants for your terrarium at home

This also applies to the air plants. Since they have different needs, you can actually keep them in an open or closed terrarium. You just have to control the usual humidity in the room and you can enjoy your air plants for a long time.

Designing a plant terrarium yourself is not difficult at all!

Designing a plant terrarium yourself is not a difficult task

  1. Step: Design your own plant terrarium!

Regardless of the glass container, you should start with a layer of gravel or stones that will then lie underground. By doing this, you allow for proper drainage and ventilation of the plants, since terrariums do not have holes or drainages like other planters.

 Gravel and small stones form a water-permeable basis for the terrarium plants.

Terrarium gravel small stones permeable base for plants

Caution! Without a layer system, you end up in a swamp, where the plants rot early or late and die completely.

Terrarium layer system otherwise the plants will rot

Avoid overwatering, which can lead to mold and root rot, and open closed terrariums so that moisture can escape from them every now and then. The moss terrariums are an exception here.

And make sure you have the right soil for your terrarium. That means cactus soil for succulents, peat moss soil for moss and professional potting soil for other plants.

You can decorate your terrarium with small stones and shells.

Decorate the terrarium with small stones and shells

  1. Step: Put the finishing touches on the terrarium

You can also add decorative elements to the terrarium and create interesting arrangements. Just make sure you don’t choke the plants with them. Therefore, it is better to proceed according to the minimalist principle: less is more!

Our editorial team hope you enjoy designing your own terrarium!

 Small figurines decorate the terrarium

Add little figurines to the terrarium as jewelry

… and even make it look funny!

Add small figurines to the terrarium

This little treasure chamber is in the right place in the terrarium!

Terrarium small treasure chamber as jewelry

An old light bulb can serve as a closed terrarium.

Terrarium closed in a lightbulb

 Put your creativity into play and create something unique!

Terrarium make very stylish jewelry in the interior

A terrarium that adorns your home.

Terrarium design very stylish jewelry in the interior ideas