8 Plant Books to Help You Choose and Care for Your Urban Jungle

Whether your a plant daddy or have a brown thumb, learning to live with plants will help bring you a happy, healthy life. In the latest edition of our blog, Flora + Fauna, we profile 8 Books to Help You Master Life with Plants.

Create Your Urban Jungle

For many plant lovers, an urban jungle helps create a warm and welcoming home that provides an escape from the challenges of our modern world. Plants help reduce stress and make you healthier, too, by absorbing C02 from the air and converting it into oxygen. Plus, the simple task of caring for them will bring you a healthy amount of joy as doing so will help you relax and shake off the stresses of the day. 

If you are not ready to invest in an entire book on the subject, you can read our selection of blogs on houseplant selection and care. In our blog post, 14 Popular Houseplants and How to Keep them Alive, we profile the most popular houseplants and how to care for them. Or you may want to read this article from Better Homes and Gardens, which offers their top picks.

And even if you kill every plant you touch, houseplants (and books about houseplants) make popular gifts.

Coffee, notebook and pothos houseplant

All About Plants

Now that we told you some of the benefits of having plants in your life let's dive into our curated selection of books exploring plants. In between the covers of these plant books, you will find tips on how to use plants in your living space in new and creative ways, as well as the best tips for caring for houseplants. Several books on our list profile different varieties of houseplants and make suggestions about choosing the perfect plant for the location you are considering. For example, at our online plant store, we offer low light plants that require small amounts or very little sunlight. These types of plants thrive in the typical low-light provided in hallways, basements, and bathrooms. At the same time, we also offer a selection of plants that require bright, filtered light or sunshine to thrive and grow. These plants need a patio, large window, or similar location where they will receive the amount of light necessary to keep them happy and healthy.
Whatever your comfort level is picking and caring for plants, we can help you find a book that will compliment your experience. These books can help you decide which plant is best for your home or office based on the location you have chosen to place your new plant. Let’s dig deeper.

Living with Plants | A Guide to Indoor Gardening by Sophia Lee

Living with Plants details more than 30 different projects to help you with your houseplants. Projects include moss wall hangings, air plants, hanging plants, terrariums, and more. This book has tips and offers sound advice, covering everything from soil, correct watering, fertilizer, and tips to care for ill plants. Discover the plants best for your home or office locations to ensure they thrive. You will also gain insight into how you can use plants to help decorate your space.

Are you looking for a plant requiring little care? Explore our collection of succulent plantings, cactus, and air plants to add some spice to your space.

    Happy Houseplants | 30 Lovely Varieties to Brighten Up Your Home by Angela Staehling

    A lovely practical guide to houseplants, Happy Houseplants is sure to help anyone avoid killing their green friends. Between the hardcovers of this little book is a wealth of information on 30 of the most popular houseplants and how to use them to make your home or apartment more stylish. From Foxtail Ferns to String of Pearls, the reader will find a perfect answer to your home decor needs.

    Plant Society | Create an Indoor Oasis for Your Urban Space by Jason Chongue

    Plant Society is a paperback guide on loving and caring for indoor plants, and so much more. Inside the covers, you will find profiles on 25 ideal tropical indoor plants, categorized by the intensity and work required for their care. Plus, get styling advice on how to use houseplants to decorate your house, room by room. A bonus is the various profiles of “plant people” sprinkled throughout the pages of the book.

    Leaf Supply Book

    Leaf Supply | A Guide to Keeping Happy Houseplants by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan

    Leaf Supply | A Guide to Keeping Happy Houseplants is the go-to resource for the urban houseplant lover. This beautiful and easy-to-use guide is packed with tips and advice on choosing and caring for more than 100 houseplants. Full of great information, beautiful photographs, and style advice too. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who loves plants.

    The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents

    The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents by Emma Sibley and Adam Laycock

    The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents is a fun, deep-dive into more than 60 of the most popular succulents and cacti. It is a perfect book for the plant lover in all of us. Everyone knows that succulents and cactus make the ideal, low-maintenance addition to your home or office. This book provides tips and suggestions on how to better care for your low-water friend, including how to navigate pests, pruning, and more. Full of beautiful, full-color images that explore the diversity of these dry, desert plants. This book is a lovely addition to any library, coffee table, or waiting room.

    How to Window Box | Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors and Out by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit

    How to Window Box, small-space plants to grow indoors or out is the perfect urban guide to gardening on your window sill. Full of practical advice on flower and plant gardening in small spaces, this accessible how-to guide is an excellent reference manual for the weekend gardener.

    Loose Leaf Book

    Loose Leaf | The Art of Plant and Flower Sculpture by Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler

    Loose Leaf: The Art of Plant and Flower Sculpture is a beautifully photographed book; the content showcases stunning organic sculptures made from plants, flowers, and foliage. The theme of these books is getting creative with nature, and the images are breathtaking. This coffee table book is loaded with plant and flower porn and makes an excellent gift for plant and flower lovers. Readers will be inspired by the creative collaboration of Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler, the books co-authors. Bae and Lawler run Loose Leaf, Melbourne’s “foremost floristry business” with a focus on contemporary florals.

    33 Terrarium Glass Gardens Book

    Terrarium | 33 Glass Gardens to Make Your Own by Anna Bauer and Noam Levy

    Terrarium | 33 Glass Gardens to Make Your Own is a complete how-to guide to the world of terrariums and provides a road-map to create any one of 33 different terrarium gardens. Inspired by ecosystems around the world, this little book is a treasure and an adventure between the covers. Beautifully photographed, it provides insider tips and serves as a handbook to those looking to create their very own magical world in a glass environment.

    Our Artisan Terrarium is an excellent example of the style and focal point that terrariums add to a home living space or office.

    So, there it is! 

    We offer a curated selection of books, paper products, canvas bags, and gift cards with plant and flower motifs. Visit us at our Hillcrest plant and flower store and explore our garden patio to see our complete collection plants. We offer a large selection of 4" and 6" plants for sale online, as well as dozens of plants already in a pot to choose from. And we deliver plants, too!
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