You might think only large outdoor landscapes or mixed-plant combinations in fancy containers need the know-how of a designer to make the garden sing; or even that a collection of plants kept indoors is just an interlude waiting for summer’s arrival.
But for many gardeners, a houseplant garden is much more; not-with-standing the many gardeners who have a single location to grow plants – inside a brick and mortar structure.
Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants is a good read for gardeners who grow their plants inside.
Kylee Baumle, garden writer and photographer, and Jenny Peterson, landscape designer and writer, are the authors; they wrote their book for people who want prowess in decorating their homes with houseplants.
Baumle and Peterson introduce readers to their world by describing Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants as, “how to use houseplants as a part of your home’s overall design scheme.”
Book of Décor Styles for Indoor Gardening
Baumle and Peterson speak to the interior gardeners and want to awaken houseplant gardens in all of us.
The writers suggest creating a collection, working in one area first and starting with large pieces and building around focal points with inexpensive but smaller creative objects.
The Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants encourages readers to find their favorite design elements.
You may fall into the Classic Elegance, Cheap Chic, Peaceful Zen, Vintage Vibe, World Beat, Traditional Mix, Modern Eclectic, or the uniquely-named Haberdashery.
Element suggestions are as far ranging as the elegant orchids, a vase of cut flowers, family heirlooms, or the brand new item with a faux finish.
Plant lists are in each design chapter; some plants are so popular, like the Tillandsias (a type of air plant); you’ll find them in several suggested lists.
Step-by-step craft projects are at the end of most chapters. The Tabletop Water Garden designed with clear water and water lettuce and hyacinth is perfect for the cool Classic Elegance. In the Peaceful Zen, gardeners can start their collection of design elements by making a Japanese Moss Ball.
In The Haberdashery, Baumle and Peterson used giant taro (Colocasia esculenta), mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis sp.), split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa), and donkey ears (Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri) plants to create a decentralized collection. The plant names alone instigate visions of textured interest.
Garden Authors Write Houseplant Design Book
Kylee Baumle lives in rural northwest Ohio with her husband, ten cats and six chickens. A photographer and garden writer, she has been published in trade catalogs and garden magazines, and is the book review editor for Horticulture magazine.
Baumle writes about her gardening experiences in her award-winning blog, Our Little Acre. She is a public speaker, most recently seen at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in February, 2014.
Jenny Peterson moved from an apartment with a balcony to urban Austin, Texas.
A former Master Gardener, now Peterson is a landscape designer who owns a landscape design business.
She is a member of the Garden Designers Roundtable and writes a blog called J. Peterson Garden Design. She is the regional writer for Houzz.com.
Houseplants in Your Lifestyle with Indoor Plant Décor
Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants is packed with large room ideas and small details anyone growing houseplants can employ.
This book has strategies to help you build confidence in choosing plants fitting your favorite design elements and the lifestyle you find most comfortable.
At the back, the Houseplants Table At-A-Glance has the plants used in the book listed by botanical and common names, and suggestions for watering and light exposure needs. Baumle and Peterson also notes which plants are known as air purifiers.
There are 160 pages, most of them each containing several high-resolution color photographs, but the general plant care section is limited.
First-time gardeners or gardeners new to growing houseplants will want to supplement their reading on houseplants with a comprehensive plant reference.