Container gardens in groupings or as individual specimens can dress up balconies and are nice accents in existing gardens. Apartment dwellers and those who find their teeth grinding while trying to get a shovel through a few millimeters of so called soil may find potted plants to be their only choice if they want to garden at all.
Did you know that many indoor spaces, such as homes and offices, have more polluted air than you'll find outside? In the late '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities.
These 15 plants can clean your air of common pollutants put out by everything from your toilet paper to your dry cleaning to your new carpet. Each plant's entry provides information about the type of pollutant it cleans and preferred growing conditions.
According to the EPA a “growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” Since other research indicates that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, the quality of air in your home and office affects your health. The plants in How to grow fresh air remove chemical vapors commonly found in home and office environments improving air quality.
Wolverton ranks plants based on their removal of different chemical vapors, ease of maintenance, resistance to insect infestation, and transpiration rate. Each plant gets a two-page spread; one page discusses the plant's ideal environment, sunlight conditions, care, and general information about the plant along with a full photo of it. The next page has a zoomed-in full-page photo of the leaves and/or flowers so the reader gets a feel for what the plant looks like.
The Indestructible Houseplant, by garden writer Tovah Martin, eliminates the guesswork by highlighting indoor plants that are tough, beautiful, reliable, and readily available. Like hoya, a low-maintenance plant whose spectacular spring and summer blossoms actually thrive on neglect. Or Ficus elastica (also known as rubber tree), whose pink and gray leaves will brighten even the most challenging windowless environment. And castiron plant, an old favorite that remains beautiful in a shady corner, even after weeks without water.
In addition to plant profiles with concise information on water, light, and blooming times, this gorgeous book includes tips on care, maintenance, and ideas for combining houseplants in eye-catching indoor displays.
This book will turn even the brownest thumbs green!
Houseplants add style, clean the air, and bring nature indoors. But they are often plagued with problems--aphids, mealybugs, mites, and thrips to name just a few. What's Wrong With My Houseplant? shows you how to keep indoor plants healthy by first teaching you how to identify the problem and solve it with a safe, natural solution.
This hardworking guide includes plant profiles for 148 plants organized by type with visual keys to the most of common problems, and the related organic solutions that will lead to a healthy plant.
Want to grow some of your own food, but suffering a serious lack of space? Maybe, like many in San Antonio, you live in an apartment. If you have a balcony, rooftop, windowsill, planter box, or fire escape, you’ve got potential for a fresh food garden. Trail helps you choose a location, create a self-watering container from recycled materials and ward off pests and diseases the toxin-free way, etc. But Trail also helps you choose the best heirloom varieties of plants to grow and instructs the newbie on canning and preserving your garden’s bounty.
Want to add some greenery to your living room, bedroom or hall but not quite sure what should go where? What houseplant where tackles exactly that task.
Lancaster and Biggs provide advice on choosing houseplants based on the effect you wish to achieve and the growing conditions of different areas of your home. The also provide instructions on long-term maintenance of your plants and common problems gardeners face.
Want some plants for your apartment, or maybe your back porch, but don't want to spend a lot of time watering? Succulent container gardens emphasizes waterwise plants that require a minimum of time and upkeep. Once you’ve started your garden you can draw on Baldwin's expert propagation advice for cost-cutting ways to expand the number of your plants.
Design ideas for a range of container gardens are presented: elegant to traditional, miniature to bonsai, to a chic minimalism. Easy-to-follow, expert tips explain soil mixes, overwintering, propagation, and more.
Martin's approach is revolutionary--picture brilliant spring bulbs by the bed, lush perennials brought in from the garden, quirky succulents in the kitchen, even flowering vines and small trees growing beside an easy chair.
Martin brings an evangelist's zeal to the task of convincing homeowners that indoor plants aren't just a luxury--they're a necessity. In addition to design flair, houseplants clean indoor air, which can be up to ten times more polluted. Along with loads of visual inspiration, readers will learn how to make unusual selections, where to best position plants in the home, and valuable tips on watering, feeding, grooming, pruning, and troubleshooting, season by season.
Going (and Saving!) Green
You can save money, time and the environment by making a few careful choices. These web sites can help.
Don't forget to take the Earth-Kind challenge and find out just how kind your gardening practices are to the planet.
Planning the Home Landscape is one of the most widely accessed educational resources. The Earth Kind Edition of this site highlights additional information that can contribute to a healthy and sustainable environment.