The popularity of growing house plants has increased in direct proportion to the added stresses of our urban lives. For what could be more delightful than to enter a room filled with the delicate scent of newly watered flowers, to relax beside cool, limpid fronds, crisp green leaves, or the fresh, glowing colours of variegated foliage at the end of a strenuous day?
The joy of living with plants is a pleasure quickly acquired, for it is an unending challenge constantly rewarded by a sense of achievement. With the help of The Hamlyn Encyclopaedia of House Plants even the least knowledgeable beginner will find success easy to come by. Every aspect of care and applied techniques is painstakingly explained – composts, watering, heating, lighting and humidity. All these requirements are discussed in the first part of the book, accompanied by detailed line drawings which leave no room for error, and suggestions are made for such useful equipment as a humidifier or heated propagator.
.A study of the alphabetical section of plant portraits will soon reveal that the term. ‘house plant’, is no longer confined to those that will thrive on a sunny windowsill. Far from it: included here are many tender – even temperamental – but beautiful species which need specialised treatment- for increasingly we are designing our homes and offices to take account of our plants’ needs, and providing built-in containers, flower windows, plant cases, conservatories, garden rooms and greenhouses so that we can enjoy a wider selection than ever before.
Throughout the book there are superb colour photographs illustrating every genus described, and in addition comprehensive lists and a unique system of symbol classification to aid in the selection of species best suited to the conditions provided, Here, in fact, is all the information needed to enhance and transform the environment of home or office by the right choice of indoor plants – those living reminders of the natural world we are so often in danger of destroying.
1500 plant descriptions. Over 700 superb colour photographs.
Hardcover. 271 pages. In good preloved condition with the exception of a tiny hand written inscription inside on the front page.