Top reads for indoor gardens

Indoor plants have undergone a major resurgence in the last few years.  The plant trend can no longer be referred to as new or a passing faze as it's made it's way into the decor of most homes and has generated a cumulative effect.

Interior stylists continue to showcase how plants can bring a room to life.  The indoor plant ranges at florists and nurseries have grown and diversified.  And so... it's no wonder there are a number of great reads on the topic. 

Subjects range from styling tips to plant care and everything in-between. Here are some books and blogs which have inspired and spiked my interest in plants:

Books

Indoor Green : Living With Plants by Bree Claffey of Mr Kitly
Bree Claffey of Mr Kitly journeys into the worlds of fellow plant lovers to explore the enduring attraction of house plants. From the ever-reliable Peace Lily and beguiling Fiddle Leaf Fig to the elusive Chinese Money Plant, house plants are showcased in all their weird and wonderful forms. More than good-looking props, plants are living growing things rooted in community and creativity and as this book celebrates, house plants are a way of life.

Loose Leaf by Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler
(I'm lucky enough to live around the corner from Loose Leaf and often visit just to browse as they're always in the know.) 
Botanical designers Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler show us the many ways we can get creative with nature. This book is filled with ways to bring the beauty of nature into our homes and our lives. Each chapter is dedicated to design with different natural materials such as cut flowers and foliage, sculptural medium and living plants.

Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants by Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff
Urban Jungle is a book packed with green inspiration, plant styling ideas and handy plant information for anyone who wants to bring more greens into their homes and daily lives. This book will take you on an inspirational voyage through five green homes across Europe showcasing how beautiful, individual, creative and sometimes even arty green living can be. Moreover, this book offers a plethora of easy-to-copy plant styling ideas for your home presented by a fine selection of international Urban Jungle Bloggers. 

 

Blogs

The Plant Hunter - Life. With Plants by Georgina Reid
The Planthunter is an online magazine devoted to celebrating plants and the varied ways humans interact with them. Plants have been inspiring, feeding, sustaining and soothing humans for aeons. The Planthunter documents and celebrates these connections.

House Plant Journal by Darryl Cheng
This blog is about the basics of responsible plant parenthood. 
Darryl reminds us that plants are alive. That is, "they will grow; interact with the environment around them; they have requirements that dictate whether they hang on for dear life or thrive; they’ll protest in difficult times; they’ll reward you in happy times.  Yes, there is psychological proof of their beneficial effects but I assure you, there are detrimental effects to both plant and human when either of you is in ill health."

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