The Huxley name will attract attention, the glossy photographs and large, bright illustrations will attract some more, and the information will hold up under scrutiny. This is not a book for seasoned house-plant gardeners but for those with little or no experience who need advice in selecting plants and using them for decoration in spacious interiors. Grouped according to room, the plants are potted in a variety of containers and placed to satisfy light and humidity requirements--ferns to benefit from kitchen or bathroom moisturizing, aspidistra to survive in dim hallways, a sumptuous assortment of flowering plants to grace a sun room. The photographs are helpful (a hyacinth from bulb to bloom, steps in repotting different kinds of plants) and the practice of staggering bulb depths or mixing species in a single pot is nicely introduced. Stiff competition for Elbert & Elbert's The House Plant Decorating Book (1977).
Pub Date: March 16, 1978
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Publisher: Paddington Press - dist. by Grosset & Dunlap