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.

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