25 Feb

Aloe ferox: Flowering Succulent for Lovely Xeriscapes

Aloe ferox
Aloe ferox is a hardy and attractive succulent known for its lovely flowers and medicinal value of the gel extracted from its leaves. If you are planning to design a xeriscape, Aloe ferox should be on top of your plants list for many reasons. It is a hardy succulent that does not require much care. It produces very attractive flowers of red, orange, yellow-orange and scarlet colors in mid-winter. When grown in groups, spikes of attractive flowers on Aloe ferox add striking colors to the landscape.

Aloe ferox originates from rocky and tropical regions of South Africa where it receives marginal rainfall and plenty of sun. When growing it in your garden or xeriscape, you need to imitate the similar climate. You can plant this hardy Aloe in a spot where it receives good amount of sunlight in a loamy and slightly sandy soil. Aloe ferox does not require frequent watering and should survive long spells of drought.

Aloe ferox (Buy seeds online) can grow up to 3 meters though it takes many years to attain this size. The plant produces fleshy leaves of dull green color. The leaves are arranged around the stem to form a rosette. Young leaves have prominent spines along the leaf margins and smaller spines on leaf surface. As the plant matures, older leaves dry up to expose main stem of the plant. The Greek name ‘ferox’ meaning ‘fierce’ is probably because of prominent spines on the leaves.

Aloe ferox is also known as Cape Aloe.

Winter Aloe Spectacle

Flowers of Aloe ferox

Aloe ferox produces abundant flowers that attract birds and bees as pollinating agents. Mid-winter is the time when this lovely Aloe begins to send out orange, scarlet, yellow-orange and red flowers giving the plant its common name, Red Aloe.

Medicinal Benefits of Aloe ferox

Aloe ferox is grown commercially for its medicinal value. The gel derived from its succulent leaves is used in cosmetics. The hard, brown excretions obtained from the plan are used for their laxative properties.

How to grow Aloe ferox from seeds

Aloe ferox can be propagated from seeds (Buy seeds online) that easily germinate when sown in a well-drained but slightly moist soil. Young seedlings should be kept lightly moist until they are 4- 6 cm in size.

19 Feb

DIY: Home Decor with Plant Terrariums

A terrarium is a miniature garden grown in a glass container. Plant terrariums make excellent decoration pieces by adding fresh and lively colors to your home decor. Because of their miniature size, you can keep terrariums almost anywhere in your home – coffee tables, kitchen, side tables, work desk etc. The idea is to create a micro-climate in a glass container that supports growth of complementing miniature plants that require minimum maintenance.

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

You do not have to be an expert gardener to make a terrarium. With the right type of plants (usually miniature succulents, cacti, moss and ferns) and a glass container (such as a vase), you can make your own terrarium. Follow this step-by-step guide to making your own glass terrarium.

Popular Plants for Glass Terrarium

11 Examples of Beautiful Plant Terrariums used in Home Decor

Browse these beautiful examples of terrariums to decor home interior.

Plant Terrariums for Interior Decor
What a creative use of plant terrarium to beautify a small space! Image by Rikki Snyder via Houzz
Hanging Plant Terrariums
Lovely Plant Terrariums
Glass terrariums can be used to add fresh colors and life to your home decor  – Modern Spaces by Brooklyn Furniture & Accessories West Elm
Plant Terrariums
Air Plants do not require much maintenance and make excellent plants for using in a DIY glass terrarium – Contemporary Spaces by Brooklyn Furniture & Accessories West Elm
Plant Terrariums for Home Decor
Spanish Moss and small succulents can also be used to design attractive glass terrarium for your home decore scheme – Traditional Dining Room by Grayslake Kitchen & Bath Designers Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Host & Interior Designer
DIY Plant Terrariums
Just another example to prove that DIY glass terrariums can make excellent decoration pieces in a home decor scheme – Transitional Living Room by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.
Indoor Terrarium
DIY glass terrariums can be used anywhere – even on a dinning table – Contemporary Dining Room by Laguna Beach Interior Designers & Decorators abodwell interior design- Brittney Fischbeck
DIY Terrarium
Mosy succuents are hardy plants and easily grow in a glass terrarium – Traditional Bathroom by Melbourne Bathroom Designers & Remodelers GIA Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations
Beautiful Terrariums
Terrarium
Another example of lovely DIY glass terrarium to spice up your home decore – Eclectic Closet by Richmond Interior Designers & Decorators Kathy Corbet Interiors
Terrarium Plants

Buy Beautiful Plant Terrariums Online

Hanging Clear Glass Prism Air Plant Terrarium / Tabletop Succulent Planter

Hanging Clear Glass Prism Air Plant Terrarium

  • A contemporary terrarium art piece made of pieces of clear glass arranged on a pyramid-shaped metal frame.
  • Perfect for cacti, air plants, and succulents as well as candles and other decorative items you would like to display. Also great as a store or restaurant display for merchandise or decorations.
  • Features one open side for perfect airflow and easy access to the plants and other items within.
  • **Official MyGift® product includes multipurpose cleaning towel.** Plants not included.
  • Approximate Dimensions: 6″ W X 7.75″ H X 6″ D.

Modern Diamond Design Clear Faceted Succulent/ Air Plant Glass Terrarium

Modern Diamond Design Clear Faceted Succulent

  • Elegant, decorative planter display box made of panes of clear glass arranged in a faceted polygon design.
  • 1 side is open so you can easily place plants and other decorative items inside.
  • Set this decorative box on any counter, table, or other surface to bring style to any space.
  • **Official MyGift® product includes multipurpose cleaning towel.** Plants not included.
  • Approximate Dimensions: 8″ W X 3.75″ H X 4.75″ D.

Set of 2 Decorative Clear Glass Globe / Hanging Air Plant Terrarium
Set of 2 Decorative Clear Glass Globe

  • This elegant set of two globe-shaped glass terrariums helps lend a sleek, modern design to any space.
  • Thread string or fishing line (not included) through the small round hole near the top to hang each of these glass globes wherever you wish.
  • Fill with small plants, candles, or other decorative objects and use as an eye-catching decorative accent or centerpiece for any space.
  • **Official MyGift® product includes multipurpose cleaning towel. Plants and shells are not included.**
  • Approximate Dimensions (each globe): 5.5″ H X 4.75″ Diameter.

7″ Large Clear Glass Hanging Air Plant Terrarium

7" Large Clear Glass Hanging Air Plant Terrarium

  • Display this beautiful 7″ glass globe terrarium to instantly change the look of any room.
  • Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium displaying air plants, sand and moss. Also ideal for tea light or votive candles.
  • Use a single terrarium or arrange a group along your wall or hang to create an amazing garden or illuminating light display.
  • Official MyGift® product, includes microfiber glass spot-removal cloth. Plants and candles not included.
  • Approximate Dimensions: Overall – 7.1″ L x 7.5″ H x 6.9″ W.

Charming Clear Glass Hanging Planter Terrarium Globe

Charming Clear Glass Hanging Planter Terrarium Globe

  • Clear glass hanging globe with black metal stand makes a perfect decoration or centerpiece accents idea.
  • Filled it with small air plants, tea light candles, and other small decorative items.
  • Suspended from a black metal stand with a round base that keeps it steady.
  • **Official MyGift® product includes multipurpose cleaning cloth.** Plants not included.
  • Approximate Dimensions: Overall – 6″ W X 9.25″ H X 4.5″ D; Glass Globe – 5.25″ H X 4.5″ in diameter.

Square Glass Plant Terrarium Container

Square Glass Plant Terrarium Container

  • Entire glass terrarium top lifts off and includes brass filagree trim and brass finial. Perfect size for the office, desk, apartment, home accent, even as a centerpiece. Create a miniature fairy garden.
  • Base is metal with a dark gray powdercoat finish, ball feet and plastic liner. Terrarium glass is 3 mm thick and has lead-free solder to protect you and the environment.
  • If ordering H Potter’s terrarium kit please choose a Small size. Find terrarium planting instructions below under the product description. Planting instructions also included with your terrarium.
  • Enclosed to use as a terrarium once it is sitting on soil (soil not provided). Props and plants are not included. Approximately: 5.5 inches square x 8.25 inches high.
  • Designed and Manufactured by H Potter. Professionally packaged.

Hanging Birdhouse Clear Glass Mini Succulent Greenhouse Planter Terrarium

Hanging Birdhouse Clear Glass Mini Succulent Greenhouse Planter Terrarium

  • Decorative, house-shaped glass box is versatile: hold air plants, votive candles, and other decorative items. Also serves as a beautiful modern centerpiece.
  • Features an elegant and minimalist birdhouse shape with glass walls and a convenient opening on the side for placing items inside. Metal ring on top allows for easy hanging.
  • Perfect as a store or restaurant display for merchandise or decorations. Used as a terrarium for cacti, succulent plants or air plants.
  • **Official MyGift® product includes multipurpose cleaning towel.** Plants pictured not included.

Freestanding Wardian Case Terrarium

Freestanding Wardian Case Terrarium

  • Metal Terrarium with charcoal brown powdercoat finish, a perfect gift. Stands 12 inches square by 58 inches high. Perfect for any location. Your only limitation is your imagination.
  • Miniature garden is created when glass slides into place on all walls and roof.
  • Wardian Case has 3 sections: table with plastic planting liner, house and roof.
  • Easy to assemble, stacks like a lego. Props not included.
  • Designed and Manufactured by H Potter. Professionally packaged.
15 Feb

Lovely Ground Cover: Moss Phlox

Phlox subulata (Buy online), also known as Moss Phlox, is an excellent ground cover for low-maintenance landscapes. Known for its ability to survive under various conditions, Moss Phlox makes an excellent plant for covering unsightly patches. It can be grown as a bordering plant, as a ground cover in rock gardens, as cascading plant against walls, or as a charming creeper in gardens and landscapes.

Moss Phlox

How to Grow Moss Phlox

Consider Moss Phlox when you are looking for a ground cover that does not require much care and performs well in a sandy, rocky or low-fertility soil. Phlox subulata is propagated from seeds, layering or stem cuttings (cuttings especially shorter ones root quickly).

Young plants require moderate watering in a well-drained soil. They also benefit from a little application of fertilizer in early spring. Once established they do not require much maintenance. Except for annual pruning (preferably in winter to encourage better growth in the following season), this lovely ground cover will thrive under full sun and require occasional watering.It usually spreads 1 meter across and gain a height of up to 10 cm. Depending on the climatic conditions, a young plant may require 2 to 5 years to reach this size.

Moss Phlox bears flowers of magenta pink-purple, red, fuchsia, violet, cream and white colors appear in mid-spring.

Popular varieties include: Phlox subulata ‘Candy Stripes’, Phlox subulata ‘Snowflake’, Phlox subulata ‘Red Wings’, Phlox subulata ‘Drummonds Pink’, and Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Cushion’. Buy Moss Phlox online.

Moss phlox