There were a couple of things that really got us on the track towards this weekends projects. In November, the last time we were in Portland, we stopped by Artemesia, an awesome little shop that sells succulents, air plants, gravel/rock/sand, and various terrarium accessories. D bought some cream colored gravel rock, and i bought some sparkly sand. Most succulents and sedums don’t need soil at all, they thrive in the wild in loose sandy soil or rockery areas, so you can grow them indoors using the same concepts. In fact, the only time i’ve killed a succulent was by planting it in moist soil and then overwatering. They are happiest with only the teensy bit of water they actually need.
For Christmas, Jo gave me a pair of CB2s adorable blown glass hanging orbs, so i knew i needed to get cracking on some mini-gardens. Unfortunately, when Erik was home we jaunted over to Swanson’s nursery, and the only succulent/sedums they had were HUGE. So it wasn’t until D and I made it to Sky Nursery last weekend that we found what we were looking for. We bought (3) 4″ pots of outdoor succelents and were able to make 10 little indoor terrariums. A little goes a long way because they really pack those pots full.
Its great being able to have these hiding in little nooks all over the house. We have WAY more than we need for now, but once you get started on these little gardens you really can’t stop!
Keep your eyes open when you are thrifting because you’d be surprised what makes a good container. Fish bowls, fancy drinks goblets, wide-mouth ball jars, etc. We are always picking up containers that look like they might be big enough to contain a little plant or two. A mix of nature and vintage can’t be beat.
Bonus tips: place a medium sized rock in the center of the vessel then pour gravel/sand around it. This will help fill up space without wasting your fancy (and more expensive!) growing medium.