When tourists started collecting plants from tropical places and other different climates, cloches entered the picture. The bell-shaped glass domes are used to create a humid environment and keep in moisture, mimicking the natural climate of these collected plants.
So, how does this translate to modern times? Cloches and domes are perfect for a single prized plant that thrives in a humid environment -- carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap are great for this situation. They can also cover figurines and trinkets. Think about using one as a centerpiece on a big coffee table with some large picture books that draw out the colors of the room. Your cloche will also look beautiful on a side table, or a little showpiece table to anchor the corner of a room.
Nestpert: Thomas McClain is a Minnesota landscape designer; visit his company, GROW, at www.GrowWithDesign.com
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