Terrain: The Houseplant Book; An Insider’s Guide to Cultivating and Collecting the Most Sought-After Specimens

Artisan. Oct. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781648290909. $35. GARDENING
Lowrie, divisional merchandise manager of plants and garden for Terrain, a garden, home, and lifestyle brand, capitalizes on the resurgent interest in houseplants. She shares facts and cultural information on an assortment of houseplants, from the easy to grow to the rare, expensive, difficult to locate, or challenging to cultivate. Lowrie provides an overview on caring for plants, including propagation, and covers a variety of houseplants, arranged by broad category, such as aroids or ferns. Each entry has a description of the plant, a photo, and detailed care instructions. She also profiles interesting commercial houseplant growers and offers display tips. With 300 color photos, the title concludes with a glossary and lists of favorite botanical gardens, plant societies and clubs, and recommended reading.
VERDICT This beautiful book is chock-full of information about many uncommon plants and seems geared to the collector or at least the intermediate houseplant grower because of the rarity, strict growing conditions, or expense of many of her choices. Tovah Martin’s The Unexpected Houseplant is another solid choice for those who want to grow unusual houseplants; beginners could start with Barbara Pleasant’s The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual or Darryl Cheng’s The New Plant Parent.
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