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Three Books on Plants for Those Who Never Had Any

If you’re like me and never cared for having plants as having too much maintenance, take this — they are beautiful. To learn more about plants revival, I tucked myself into the bookshelves and garden nurseries to learn more about the subject.

1. House of Plants

by Rose Ray and Caro Langton

When author Caro Langton inherited a house that belonged to his grandmother in north London it came with something more than furniture and wallpaper. Occupying numerous spaces, sat ancient cacti, succulents, and tropical plants. Never having had a qualification in gardening and utterly curious, Caro and his friend Rose tucked away in the study to discover a library of gardening books — and started to bring the plants to life, learning more and more about how to maintain and house them. Their learnings got documented in a beautiful book filled with stunning photography and tips.

Who is it for?

In an eclectic storyline, the authors walk the reader through a beautiful story of their plant house, interweaving the visual narrative with names and types of plants, useful gardening terms as well as helpful tips from how to water and prune plants to potting and creating privacy. The book sits beautifully on every cultured bookshelf and will be able to introduce plants to those who’ve never deal with them before.

Book info

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published by Frances Lincoln (UK)
☛ Buy: $20 on Amazon

Endpapers featuring a beautiful plant pattern
Table of contents is built around the different parts of living with plants
A chapter about the correct way of watering different kinds of plants

Fishbone Cactus is one of the many beautiful and exotic plants featured in the book

2. Urban Jungle

by Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff

Bloggers Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff sat in a Parisian cafe when it struck them they among other things, they had a great shared passion for plants. Excited about the discovery they created a community they called Urban Jungle Bloggers and within a few years, it grew to 1,200 people around the globe. The duo started visiting and documenting the urban jungles they inquired until it was apparent to become a book. The title guides the reader through different “green” homes in five European countries and shows how beautiful, unique, creative and artistic living with plants can be. To complete the topic of indoor plants the book offers easy help for taking care of the plants and DIY tips.

Who is it for?

Inviting the reader to peek in 5 homes of plant stylists all around Europe, the authors don’t hide the fact that it’s not a botanical encyclopedia and is mainly focused on inspiring anyone to bring more stylish greenery in their home.

Book info

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published by Callwey Verlag (Germany)
☛ Buy: $24 on Amazon

Table of contents featuring five homes that the books will cover later

Tips for arranging plants against a dark wall

3. At Home With Plants

by Ian Drummond and Kara O’Reilly

In the world of interior design, houseplants haven’t had a big moment since 1970s — until today. Authors Ian Drummond and Kara O’Reilly argue that in order to be a part of the houseplant revival, many of us need to overcome our fear that we have no idea how to look after plants. Part a guide of how to arrange different types of plants in your rooms, part a simple guide of how to keep them alive — the books provides an overview look at ways to make plants part of home design.

Who is it for?

Looking at plants primarily from an interior design perspective, the book provides a visual compendium of trends and aesthetics that allow the reader to tastefully arrange the different plants in place.

Book info

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published by Weldon Owen (New York)
☛ Buy: $16 on Amazon

The books looks at plants from a function standpoint too — while some are good at bedrooms, others thrive in the bathroom

Checklist for talking care of plants

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