Terrarium plants - Everything for your terrascape!

Terrascaping, the art of terrarium design, is a world in which plants play the leading role. They are what breathe life and soul into a terrarium. A wide variety of plant categories such as perennials, ground plants, woody plants, carnivores, climbers, mosses, rarities, rheophytes, marsh plants and succulents offer endless possibilities for creating unique landscapes. Each category has its own special features and requirements that need to be understood and respected.

Attached plants, or Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants without extracting nutrients from them. This category includes plants such as tillandsias, which cling to rocks and branches with their aerial roots. They require high humidity and indirect light in order to thrive. Neoregelia 'Fireball' stands out in the world of epiphytes, a type of bromeliad that adds a splash of colour with its bright red leaves. Perfect for high humidity and indirect light. Tillandsia usneoides, also known as Spanish moss, offers a mystical aura with its hanging, silver-green filaments. Wallisia cyanea (formerly Tillandsia) is a real eye-catcher with its broad leaves and eye-catching flowers and is ideal for semi-shaded areas.

Terrestrial plants form the basis of every terrascape. They create a living underworld of mosses and ferns that is not only beautiful to look at, but also regulates the humidity and provides shelter for the soil inhabitants. Popular ground plants include the Nephrolepis exaltata fern and the Jewel Orchid. The Cryptanthus bivittatus species, also known as earth stars, decorate the soil with their star-shaped leaves in a range of colours from brown to pink to red. Maranta leuconeura, known for its striking leaf markings, blends harmoniously into the substrate and prefers even moisture. Goeppertia orbifolia (formerly Calathea) delights with its large, round leaves and is a real moisture lover.

Woody plants such as small trees or shrubs add height and structure to the terrascape. They can be used as climbing aids for other plants or as shade for more light-sensitive species. Woody plants also include Dracaena species, which bring tropical flair to the terrarium with their sword-like leaves. The woody plants also include species such as Chamaedorea elegans, a graceful palm characterised by its adaptability and upright growth. The Ficus benjamina, often grown as a miniature tree, brings a piece of tropical rainforest into the home. The Dracaena fragrans 'Compacta' impresses with its compact shape and densely overlapping leaves, which are reminiscent of bamboo.

Carnivores, or carnivorous plants, are a special attraction in any terrarium. With their ingenious traps, they attract insects and thus ensure a natural balance. Species such as the Dionaea muscipula, better known as the Venus flytrap, are not only eye-catching, but also a testimony to nature's amazing adaptability. Carnivorous plants such as Dionaea muscipula, the classic Venus flytrap, fascinate with their snapping traps. Drosera capensis, also known as Cape sundew, catches prey with sticky tentacles.

Climbing plants utilise vertical surfaces to add another dimension to the terrarium. They can be grown along back walls or over rocks and roots to create living green walls. Philodendron 'Mini Midget' and Epipremnum aureum are popular representatives of this category, which delight with their hanging shoots.

Mosses are indispensable for the microclimate of a terrarium. They retain moisture, provide a home for microorganisms and ensure lush greenery on the floor and walls. Various mosses such as bollen moss can also be used creatively to model small landscapes and hills.

The rarities include exotic and hard-to-find plants that add a touch of exclusivity to any terrarium. Whether they are rare orchid species or special bromeliads, these plants are a must for enthusiasts and connoisseurs. In the rarities category, plants such as Aerangis kirkii, a miniature orchid known for its elegant flowers, stand out. Maxillaria schunkeana, grown on cork, adds an exotic touch to the terrarium with its burgundy-red flowers. Ceratostylis retisquama, another orchid species, is an eye-catcher with its bright red flowers.

Rheophytes are plants that have adapted to life in flowing water. They are ideal for aquaterrariums where they can grow below and above the water level. Their specialised root systems keep them in place even in strong currents.

Marsh plants thrive in the humid areas of a terrarium and are essential for water treatment. They help to keep the water clean and at the same time provide a habitat for amphibians and insects.

With their thick, fleshy leaves and their ability to store water, succulents bring a very unique aesthetic to the terrarium. They are ideal for drier terrascapes and are forgiving if watering is forgotten. Succulents include the Crassula species, which impress with their variety of shapes and sizes.

Each of these categories offers a world of possibilities for terrascaping. They invite you to get creative and bring a piece of nature into your own home. Discover our extensive range and find the perfect plants for your terrarium.