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The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices for Every Spot in Your Home Paperback – August 28, 2012
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“Will boost the confidence of even the most black-thumbed houseplant owner. Martin’s can-do enthusiasm is infectious, her creativity inspiring.” —Booklist
“An imaginative guide to bringing the delights of the garden indoors.” —Publishers Weekly
“All indoor plant hobbyists in every geographic area will enjoy and learn from this book. Its fresh approach deserves a thumbs-up.” —Library Journal
“[Martin] has a witty, creative voice that warms her new book.” —Traditional Home
“As the air gets crisper outside, it’s time to rethink what plants can do to enliven our interior spaces. Tips on how to care for ordinary and not-so-ordinary species are revealed, so non-green-thumbers need not fear.” —Design New England
“Tovah Martin’s newest book is no dry encyclopedic volume: Her personal, engaging writing style is as entertaining as it is informative.” —Country Gardens
“This book engenders so much enthusiasm for indoor flora that you can find yourself outdoors with a shovel in your hand robbing your own garden of plants to bring inside.” —Gardenista
“This isn’t just another book on houseplants; it’s an invitation to adventure.” —Horticulture
“Martin writes in a captivatingly personal way…It’s Martin’s exuberance and deep knowledge that’ll keep you reading.” —Seattle Times
“Martin’s book makes one look very differently at the whole houseplant phenomenon. It isn’t so much a practical guide…as a challenge to think outside the box when trying to bring the outside inside.” —Daily Hampshire Gazette
“As the air gets crisper outside, it’s time to rethink what plants can do to enliven our interior spaces. Tips on how to care for ordinary and not-so-ordinary species are revealed, so non-green thumbers need not fear…Refreshing in the world of garden books.” —Philadelphia Inquire
“A good book for plant geeks and anyone tired of the same old peace lilies.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News
“A smart, stylish book on indoor gardening.” —Pacific Horticulture“
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If You are a real collector of houseplants and need a book on the more unusual plants, then this book is a must have. Actually I would even recommend this book to people who just have a few houseplants too, this book will make anyone want to go out and hunt the plants in this book down.
This author wrote this book in the four seasons, cause when you think about it, our houseplants and houseplant needs do change with the seasons.Read more ›
Instead of telling us to search far and wide for rare varieties of houseplant, Martin takes a different tack: why not look at some plants that have traditionally been planted outdoors, but perform well and look great inside? This clever perspective means that most of the "houseplants" I have fallen in love with have been readily available at my local nursery.
While this influx of exciting new ideas for houseplants hasn't been easy on my pocketbook, I'm having a blast scouting the nurseries and poking around the house for innovative containers, plants and top dressing materials to dress up my office and home. The author has an artistic eye and puts together beautiful, artful combinations with her plants that are inspiring me to try to do the same.
My only small complaint is that just a few of the plants she shows growing "happily" indoors look a little weak and chlorotic to me (like the passionflower) - but then, the value in a book like this is in the inspiration to try new things and go outside the normal houseplant section to get some new, fun ideas, and this book is wildly successful at that. If I have a 70% success rate, guided by her ideas, I'll feel it was very a worthy effort indeed.
Overall - if you're ready to be inspired to do some gardening indoors in the off months, and want to see some beautifully-presented ideas and photos, this is a great starting point. Pair it with D.G. Hessayan's classic book The House Plant Expert for a more complete library that covers both the basics and the unusual selections.
Each section has both the scientific and common names for each plant and it's variations, blooming capabilities (or not), size and foliage descriptions as well as general care, maintenance and disease tendencies. Carefully read the [Problems] section before selecting your plants as this is where Martin includes toxicity to humans and animals.
Complete with full color illustrations, side tips about growing indoors, success stories, common pitfalls, and finished with a complete index, Tovah Martin has added another beautiful volume to her growing collection of gardening books.
Digital galley copy generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author is trying to impress her audience with many words trying to show her supposedly brilliance which actually comes off as wordy writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Candise Learn
Good resource book. Especially if you are new to gardening and could use some help. I would have liked to had it available to me when I started.Published 1 month ago by slc4242
I read this book cover to cover! It was neat to read about the different plants I would not have thought of as houseplants. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Exactly what I hoped it would be - very inspirational examples of plant/pot combos. Tovah Martin has opened my eyes to house plants as décor/art.Published 3 months ago by KJ in Boston
Most books about houseplants are pretty much the same---kind of dry reading---mostly used as a resource for how to keep houseplants alive. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LuAnn
Book Ordered for Christmas gifts from my sister-in-law.Published 6 months ago by Katherine C. Snuggs
This is an incredible book! Loved it!!! So many great ideas about how to incorporate different houseplants into your interior space. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dixie Lee