Lifestyle  |  October 03, 2019

Five Essential, Beautiful and Helpful House Plant Books

It's nearly here. It's nearly "dig into a big, beautiful book season" weather, and I am thrilled to share some of my latest finds (along with an oldie but goodie). These are the five books that are currently featured on my nightstand, strewn across my coffee table or dog-eared at the office. They should be on every plant person's wish-list and they also make great gifts for your plant obsessed loved ones. Enjoy!


The New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family

by Darryl Cheng

I first came across Darryl Cheng on Instagram. Not only are his images inspiring, his accompanying text often offers knowledge on how to care for plants. Using his engineer's perspective, Darryl does a great job explaining the role and importance of light, water and nutrients to plant health. He also, with a friendly tone, explains the essential need of observation when cultivating plants indoors.  


How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart

by Summer Rayne Oakes

Summer Rayne's latest book is beautiful informative and moving. I've had the pleasure of meeting Summer Rayne on several occasions (the Brooklyn plant world is a small one!) and have always admired her ability to inspire people to cultivate and grow plants at home. In her new book she dives into the mindfulness that comes from tending and connecting with plants -- an often-overlooked benefit to bringing nature indoors. Bonus: the book is bursting with great care tips and lovely photos of her impressive collection.


Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants

by Hilton Carter

Hilton Carter is seemingly everywhere in the plant world today -- from Apartment Therapy videos to conference lectures. This is a good thing. His plant advice is spot on and it is impossible not to be lulled by his lush photos. Just a quick look at his book on how to style plants indoors will inspire every reader to surround themselves with trailing vines, countless calatheas and forests of ficuses.


Root, Nurture, Grow: The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants

by Caro Langton and Rose Ray 

Studio RoCo, based in the UK, has an addictive Instagram full of magnificent plants in gorgeous settings. This duo also knows a thing or two about making a drool worthy book. Root, Nurture, Grow focuses on propagating plants, a less common part of cultivating plants indoors. While it’s wonderful to fill your home with plants, to really unlock that deep connection to nature, there's nothing better than taking a cutting and propagating into more plants that you can share with friends old and new. Exquisite photography and lots of great tips on specific varieties make this a great resource.


The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plants

by Barbara Pleasant

I first came across this book when it was released in 2005, long before the house plant craze of the past few years. Written as an encyclopedia of plants and their care, Barbara includes specific information for 160 common indoor plants. Her advice is incredibly solid. If you're looking for a great resource for specific care, and some good trouble shooting tips (Fluoride damaging dracaenas, anyone?) this is a great book to use to start on your house plant journey.