A modern terrarium incorporates clean lines, use of space, layers and grouping. Floral designer Paul Ponn used a large white figurehead to create an imposed asymmetrical line to bring the eye to the soil line. If you play close attention to the soil line, you will notice clear layers between the different types of soil, says Ponn, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and owner of Bella Floral Boutique in St. Cloud, Fla.
Using miniature Mammillaria cacti, Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' and Mother of Pearl succulents gives this terrarium design a clean and modern look, says Paul Ponn, owner of Bella Floral Boutique in St. Cloud, Fla. and a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. He used the concept of "negative space" in each grouping of plant species.
This glassy tube is a mini modern terrarium packed with plants and layers of various colors and textures. Dry twigs, timbers, sand and stones are used by Dodo Kit Yee Fung, education director for Instituut de Creatif, a flower school in Hong Kong, and a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. Natural timbers are used for the inner groundcover and outer stand.
Hand-blown terrariums are organic and sculptural, says Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey Terrariums, based in New York. The bean-shaped terrarium he created holds Selaginella emmeliana, maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) and perennials such as Peperomia urocarpa. He used Yamaya Stone for the base and placed sterilized twigs into the display.
Three components of modern terrariums are simplicity, scale and minimalism, says Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey Terrariums, who creates terrariums of hand-blown glass. In this woodland-themed terrarium, he used pincushion moss (Leucobryum albidum), Rabbit's foot fern (Phlebodium aureum), reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina), Selaginella kraussiana, and succulents such as Peperomia prostrata. Acorns, twigs and leaves are sterilized to prevent pests and diseases.
In this modern terrarium, floral designer Laurel LeMaistre used a combination of natural found material, such as birch bark and swirled branches along with petite orchid plants, and polished river stones. Orchids are a staple flower for all modern design, and their simplicity and longevity make them a perfect choice for terrarium work, says LeMaistre, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Faceted glass and copper-finished metal can add warmth to modern decor in a home or outdoor living space. The 9 1/2-inch tall terrarium is sold by Gardener's Supply Co. and could be the focal point of a tabletop or mantle.
The hexagon Pierre Terrariums can fit into modern, industrial decor inside a home or in an outdoor living area. The terrariums, which have a pyramid-shaped top, are made of leaded glass and zinc. The terrariums, sold by HomArt, come in three sizes.
The various shapes and multiple sides of terrariums, such as tetrahedrons, are a way to bring modern accents into interior or outdoor spaces. These mini Pierre terrariums by HomArt are made of zinc and glass.
A cube-shaped terrarium has clean lines that lend themselves to modern design. When Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey's Terrariums creates his displays, the plants are sized proportionally to the vessels. "I like to think of the layouts as miniature landscapes," he says. This air plant terrarium holds Tillandsia streptophylla, filifolia, Bulbosa Guatemala, Ionantha Victoriana, Aeranthos and Funkiana, along with horn wood and river stone.
Air plants, also known as Tillandsias, have a unique, sculptural appeal, which fit into modern design. This DIY terrarium kit sold by Gardener's Supply Co., includes a hanging glass terrarium and planting supplies such as preserved moss and lichen, and decorative stones.
Terrariums can make a striking statement in modern decor. These gazebo-, cube- and teardrop-shaped terrariums are made of faceted glass and copper-hued metal. Inside a terrarium, there's the fun opportunity to bring in plants, found objects, pebbles, sea glass and other interesting details. These terrariums are sold by Gardener's Supply Co.
HGTV's Design on Dime transformed this living room into a modern Americana masterpiece with a mix of vintage pieces and relaxed furniture. An old trunk functions as a coffee table, while floor lamps and a tall houseplant add dimension to the space. A sprinkling of details complete the look: printed throw pillows, terrariums and bold artwork.