If you're anything like the rest of us at Martin & Mango (geeks!)—guess what, you're in for a treat! In this post, we are on an adventure to satisfy the nerds inside each of us with book recommendations on plant care, home styling and propagation.
There's nothing like the smell or touch of a book. Yes, we live in the digital age now but really, is there anything that can ever replace or replicate the experience of flipping through a physical book? Well no, at least not in our humble opinions…
We have scoured through a good number of books to identify some of our favourites for the new plarent, the homeowner and the plant geek (that's us!). Enjoy these recommendations!
For the new plarent
Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy Houseplants
By Lauren Camilleri + Sophia Kaplan
This is a wonderful book to kick-start a brand new plarent's journey, as it identifies the common houseplants and provides basic information on plant care. If you are keen to share your plant passions with your friends and family, go ahead and display it as a coffee book—we've found the eye-catching cover to be a great conversation-starter.
The New Plant Parent
By Darryl Cheng
This visual-heavy book takes you on a journey through the basics of the plant universe and is perfect for new plarents. Written by the mastermind behind @HousePlantJournal, Darryl has experimented and researched his plant care methods significantly to bring you some of his top trade secrets in this book. Accompanied with step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations, the content is easy to follow and you'll find yourself breezing through plant care.
For the homeowner
Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants
By Igor Josifovic and Judith De Graaff
If you're looking for green styling and plant inspiration ideas, look no further. Written by the founders of Urban Jungle Bloggers, Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants showcases beautiful, green and leafy homes all over Europe. Flip through the book and you'll find fun, chic and creative ideas that you'll want to try for yourself. The book also includes easy-to-follow DIY projects such as making your own a hanging planter or botanical frame.
Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants
By Hilton Carter
Coupled with incredible photography, Hilton Carter's "Wild at Home" not only shares many practical plant styling tips but also includes numerous DIY projects, and information on plant care and propagation. The content in the book is well thought out and its attention to detail is refreshing. Consider yourself warned—we found it extremely challenging to go through this book and not want to start immediately on our next plant project. If you're looking for a beautiful plant book purely to flip through, this is it and so much more—beware!
For the plant geek
By Leslie F. Halleck
A true treasure for plant geeks, Plant Parenting is an extensive and thorough book focusing on various plant propagation methods. This book showcases propagation methods ranging from beginner to more sophisticated levels, and easy step-by-step instructions and images—proving its potential to be a useful book for all plarent wannabes, regardless of experience level. This will be a great buy for individuals who are looking to create more plants from their existing collection (especially if you've invested in uncommon and pricier plants!).
We are always on the hunt for good recommendations. Do you have other books that you'd recommend? Please share them with us. And as always, happy planting!