House Plants for Every Space: A Concise Guide to Selecting, Designing and Maintaining Plants in Any Indoor Space

Tuttle. Jun. 2023. 96p. ISBN 9780804855969. $19.99. GARDENING
Etsuhiro Mashita and Momoko Sato, the duo known as Green Interior, with a nursery in Edogawa, Tokyo, and an online store, are interior greenery specialists. In this book, they offer a concise guide to decorating with plants. Color photographs showcase rooms beautifully accessorized with specific types of flora. The book explains the reasoning behind their design choices that complement both the plants and the room. The book’s “A House Plant Catalog” section identifies plants by name, but the layout for this is vertical, which sometimes makes it difficult to read. This section also gives each plant’s country of origin, arranges it by plant family, and highlights many lovely and unusual plants with stunning and vibrant illustrations and photos. But there is no detailed information about how to grow these plant species. There is, however, general maintenance information, such as watering, fertilizing, repotting, pruning, and dealing with pests, and some frequently asked questions are answered.
VERDICT A lovely, browsable book for houseplant enthusiasts. It’s useful for identifying new plant species and decorating with them. Readers who need instructions about how to grow these plants, however, will need to look elsewhere.
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