A precursor to the terrarium, Wardian cases were developed in the mid-1800s to transport rare plant specimens. Today, they are useful for protecting your prized plants. Here's a roundup of our favorites.
For more, see Design Sleuth: Wardian Case.
Above: Tabletop greenhouses provide shelter and warmth, and promote growth, for moisture loving plants. Plant directly onto the base or leave in pots for easy rotating. The cases work well with ferns, carnivorous plants, and orchids, as well other small, delicate plants. They can also be used to propagate seeds for spring planting. Image courtesy of Ikea.
Above:The Ikea Socker Greenhouse measures 17.75 inches wide and 8.75 inches deep; $19.99.
Above: A Steel/Glass Indoor Greenhouse with glass panes and an adjustable ventilation lid; it's approximately 10.5 inches long by 6.5 inches wide and is 18€ from Manufactum. Use it to house small orchids; for more equipment, see "5 Favorites: Essential Equipment for Orchids."
Above: A glass and steel Trinket Box Terrarium with a hinged top for easy watering and ventilation is 9 inches wide and 6.5 inches deep; $58 at Terrain.
Above: Modeled on the 1800s variety, the Wardian Case from Paxton Gate measures 9 inches wide and 5 inches deep and is $65.
Above: The Orchid House Terrarium is crafted of fir and glass with a galvanized base and a wide, hinged roof. Designed with tall orchids in mind, this greenhouse can accommodate a variety of plants. It stands 13 inches high and measures 16.2 inches wide and 6.75 inches deep; $188 at Terrain.
Above: A Bronze Terrarium is handcrafted of iron and steel with a top that lifts for easy watering and pruning. It measures 17 inches wide and 9.75 inches deep; $149 at Crate and Barrel.
Above: A Nalini Shadow Box Terrarium steel and glass greenhouse is a freestanding box with hinged door and a removable plant tray. The 12-inch-square box is six inches deep and can be hung on a wall for display; $39.95 (regularly $79.95) at Crate and Barrel.
Above: A classic conservatory style in miniature, the H. Potter Wardian Case Terrarium measures 5.5 inches wide and 9 inches deep; $69 through Amazon.
Above: A pared-down version (minus the Victorian-inspired details), the H. Potter Rectangular Terrarium has a hinged door in the roof that allows for easy access to your plants; $69 through Amazon.
Above: Vintage Wardian cases can be found with some sleuthing. This Vintage Wardian Case is $545 at Plain and Elegant Antiques Etsy Shop.