The darling of the plant-design world right now is the hanging globe garden.

You can go many directions with the concept. Fill a glass globe with white sand and pop an air plant inside for a minimalist look. Place a few handfuls of potting soil in one and plant it with a miniature African violet, tiny fern or succulent.

You can also use hanging glass globes as see-through bird feeders. Or make a miniature or fairy garden with moss and accessories.

The trick is in finding the globe. Some nurseries carry hanging glass globes, or you can check craft stores in their vase and jar sections. Hanging glass globes are available all over the Internet.

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Hang your globe garden in a bright place with indirect light. Direct light that is reflected through the glass can burn leaves. Poke your finger in the soil to test moisture, and aim to keep your garden slightly moist. Don’t overwater.

Air plants should be removed once a week, soaked for five minutes in warm water, and returned to the globe.

The humid and warm environment of glass globe gardens are perfect for a host of tropical plants, air plants and African violets.