If 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)
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)
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 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 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.