The Tropical Plant Industry Expo is the place to go to see what’s hot in indoor gardening. The fact that it’s held in southern Florida in mid-January, is another incentive to attend! Trends that I saw this year include a resurgence in the popularity of terrariums and dish gardens. But these aren’t simply a return to mass-produced fad gardens from the 1970s. Modern mini-landscapes have more style and individuality. Often they’re displayed in unique containers or feature sculptural plants. The emphasis is on tough, easy-care plants such as succulents and bromeliads. Here are some examples that I saw at this year’s Expo.
The ribbed glass on this terrarium adds a unique perspective, resembling a pumpkin. It makes a great centerpiece.
The ceramic base on this terrarium hides the soil and root zone while displaying the foliage clearly.
Put that cupcake holder to use displaying begonias, ferns, peperomias, nerve plants, and miniature palms.
Spikes of maroon Dracaena marginata explode from a bed of heavily patterned peacock plant (Maranta) in this combo.
These earth stars (Cryptanthus), a type of bromeliad, look other-worldly when displayed on a pedestal.
Echeverias, kalanchoe, and peperomia team to create amazing texture and color in this succulent dish garden.