Houseplant boom marked by authoritative book

Indoor Garden Design's Ian Drummond's book sums up the trend for using houseplants creatively which has led to a doubling of sales in garden centres.

Organiser of indoor plant of the year and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, Drummond wrote At Home with Plants with Kara O'Reilly.

He cites Camden Garden Centre, the Chelsea Gardener, Clifton Nurseries, Craig House Cacti, Dibleys, Architectural Plants, Southfield Nurseries, Every Picture Tells a Story, Hampshire Carnivorous Plants, Interior Landscaping Products, Jekka's Herb Farm, McBean's Orchids, McQueens, the Palm Centre, Petersham Nurseries and the Urban Botanist as plant sources.

He recommends citrus, cape jasmine, jasmine, oncidium orchids and wax flowers for fragrance.

For flowers, he suggests urn plants, rose grapes, cape primroses and vanda orchids are best.

Top three succulents are money tree, panda plant and common houseleek.

For tolerance, he recommends Chinese evergreen, all cactus plants, corn plants, devil's ivy and peace lily.

Plants characterised as 'indestructibles' are aloe, cast-iron plant, spider plant, echeveria, Japanese aralia, 'Decora' rubber plant, Kentia palm, mother-in-law's tongue, Tradescantia and fern arum.

He predicts the next big things would be kokedama moss balls from Japan, and 'plants suspended from space' such as vanda orchids, staghorn ferns and air plants.

Back in fashion also include spider plants and bird's nest ferns.

EFig ambassador Drummond says: "Houseplants are hot, and creative interior planting is becoming increasingly easy to achieve. The new wave of unusual and dramatic indoor plants is as much about décor and statement as greenery. Used aesthetically, as a focal point and sculptural element in interior design, indoor gardening is not just about possessing or growing a plant, but about using it as an accessory combined with other objects to create a particular style and mood."

The book features terrariums, hanging baskets, herb pots and window displays.

Photography is by Nick Pope. The book is published by Octopus at £20.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

How did ornamentals production fare in 2016?

How did ornamentals production fare in 2016?

Survey highlights growing importance of ensuring profitability in uncertain times.

Career profile - Production manager

Career profile - Production manager

A production manager's main responsibility is to ensure that the glasshouse, nursery or farm produces a bountiful and consistently high-quality crop for people to enjoy.

Ornamentals fertilisers

Ornamentals fertilisers

Manufacturers are developing new ways for growers to manage crop inputs while reducing reliance on pesticides, Sally Drury reports.

Seabrook On... Sensible pricing levels

Seabrook On... Sensible pricing levels

One of the big retail chains has flower seeds on sale at 25p a packet, while one of the specialist mail-order companies has six nigella plants on offer at £15 plus £4.95 carriage charges.

Production stars take innovation lead at UK Grower Awards and Garden Retail Awards

Production stars take innovation lead at UK Grower Awards and Garden Retail Awards

Over the past week it has been the great privilege of the Horticulture Week team to welcome more than 700 leading horticulture professionals to three great industry events - the Garden Retail Awards 2017, the UK Grower Awards 2017 and the third Garden Retail Summit, all hosted by Horticulture Week.

UK Grower Awards winners demonstrate exceptional talent

UK Grower Awards winners demonstrate exceptional talent

Welcome to this special presentation of the achievements of the outstanding winners of the UK Grower Awards 2017.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.