Terrarium Plant Index


Which Plants Are Best For Your Terrarium?

Finding the perfect plants for your terrariums can be a challenge, and there’s so much to choose from. That’s why we’ve created an extensive terrarium plant directory – so you can quickly filter through to find exactly what you need, where to find it, and how to care for it.

  • All
  • Epiphytes
  • Ferns
  • Foliage
  • Large
  • Medium
  • Moss
  • Small
  • Vines

Types of Terrarium Plants - Explained

Who doesn’t love ferns?! They are super easy terrarium plants that I like to use in every project. They love the warmth, humidity and moisture that a terrarium can provide, and ferns for terrariums come in all shapes, colours and textures. Be sure to check out the perfectly miniature ferns for terrariums.

“Foliage” is a loose category that we use to describe any good terrarium plants with interesting foliage. Of course, this is entirely subjective, but it’s useful as a category for those looking for the more unique terrarium plants. These types of terrarium plants are great for use as feature plants in the foreground/middle of a terrarium or bottle garden.

Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants and materials instead of the substrate (though some do both). They’re often conveniently small terrarium plants, so they can be easily wedged into the nooks and spaces in branches or rocks. Perfect for creating that 3D element of growth!

Moss is the underrated star of the terrarium show. It’s what brings the whole thing together! Transforming a collection of tropical terrarium plants into a genuine natural landscape. You’ll find all sorts of varieties of moss here; whether you need sheet moss to cover the earth or cushion moss to sculpt the landscape.

Vines come in all shapes and sizes, and add an element of wild growth to a terrarium. They’re great as hanging terrarium plants or as ground cover. I’d always recommend at least one miniature vine to add depth and scale.

“Large” is another subjective category of terrarium plants that I’ve included to identify those species that are going to suitable only for bigger terrariums or for people prepared to trim them regularly. These are plants that I would recommend more-so for tank style terrariums rather than bottle gardens for example.