Indoor plants

Jars and terrariums

plants_for_terrariums_signIf you’re pressed for space or just looking for some local greenery you can keep within gazing distance, lidless terrariums are a great indoor gardening idea that can cost very little. By upcycling your old jars (or ours) you can create a simple piece of paradise for the office or study corner in next to no time.

We’ve picked out four local native South East Queensland plants that look peachy in a jar — and will thrive in a lidless terrarium environment.


Jar lover number 1:
Love Flower (Pseuderanthemum variabile)

Love flower (Pseuderanthemum variabile)

Shower with a mist of water and watch your Love Flower bloom brighter. See more pictures of the Love Flower on the Australian Tropical Rainforest website.

Jar lover number 2:
Ivy Leaf Violet (Viola banskii)

Ivy Leaf Violet (Viola banskii)

Keep the soil moist and your Ivy Leaf Violet will drape dainty tendrils with white-and-lilac flowers across your desk. See Ivy Leaf Violet in bloom on the Australian Native Plants Society Australia website.

Jar lover number 3:
Tripladenia (Tripladenia Cunninghamii)

Tripladenia (Tripladenia Cunninghamii)

Tripladenia grows low, spreading its beautiful foliage out in every direction. Keep Tripladenia’s rainforest vibe alive with shade and moist soil.  See Tripladenia’s sweet little pinkish-purple flowers in Mangroves to Mountains online gallery.

Jar lover number 4:
Scrambling Lily (Geitonoplesium cymosum)

Scrambling Lily (Geitonoplesium cymosum) Scrambling Lily is a light climbing vine with deep green leaves that are similar to those of bamboo. Scattered clusters of small white and yellow flowers in spring/summer. See Scrambling Lily’s flowers and berries on Save Our Waterways Now.

Top tip for a happy jar terrarium

Ecotone keeps pre-jarred plants you can buy ready-made. Or, if you’re just buying the plant, remember to add a few centimetres of drainage pebbles to the bottom of the jar before filling it with some good-quality potting mix.

Terrarium and jar garden materials

Terrarium and jar garden materials all ready for potting up some local jar-loving beauties.


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1. Peperomia blanda var. floribunda

Common name: Peperomia

Strong, forgiving, curious and quietly stylish: if Peperomia turned up on your doorstep with a bottle of wine you’d be intrigued and pretty quickly wooed. This semi-succulent rainforest herb* thrives in the shade, tolerates filtered sunlight, and loves a little company. Often found in clumps on mossy rocks or boulders, Peperomia cohabits happily with ferns and vines. At 30 cm tall, Peperomia’s delicately structured form unfurls with the elegance of origami, and throws the kind of rainforest shapes that would flatter any room. *But please don’t try eating it.

Find out more about Peperomia — Australian Native Succulents, Attila Kapitany


2. Lindospadix monostachya

Common name: Walking stick palm

With edible red fruits*, a trunk that was used as a sturdy cane for ex-service men after WWI, and a readiness to adapt from moist rainforest to sunlight-dappled inner-city Brisbane lounge-rooms (aka ‘heavenly havens’), the Walking Stick Palm really should be in line for a Duty to Service medal itself. Show your appreciation by composting the container, allowing for lots of drainage, and … one day (in the quite far away future) the tips of your palm’s crown might just grow to tickle the ceiling. *Please don’t try this without guidance.

Find out more about — Linospadix Monostachya: The Walking Stick Palm, Len Butt


3. Hoya australis

Common name: Wax flower vine

Rainforest, eucalypt forest or kitchen corner, the Wax flower vine will entrance you with her gently twining tendrils and pastel clusters of dainty petals*. She finds no fault with containers or hanging baskets that constrict her roots and, in fact, will reward you all the more with bundles of fragrant flowers throughout the spring. You will find your little Hoya uncomplaining if well lit, well drained and rarely pruned. Give her a trellis or beam to entwine and watch her succulent-leaved loveliness extend for up to 5 metres in length. *Be sure to keep those possibly poisonous petals and tendrils away from the mouths of babes and pets.

Find out more about— Hoya Australis, Australian Native Plants Society, Australia