New Book! The House Gardener


For anyone that follows me on Instagram, you will have noticed that I have been a little preoccupied with arranging succulents of late. It all began when I visited the new Ace Hotel in Shoreditch and spotted beautiful arrangements of cacti and succulents of all varieties potted in single vessels creating sculptural displays [see first image].

After a bit of research I discovered how simple it was to make these arrangements at home – just find a beautiful vessel and fill with tiny succulents in varying heights – easy! I also became obsessed with  the ease of potting succulents in any type of receptacle. The brass plant stands above are from Ferm Living’s new 2014 collection, the hanging glass bubble from West Elm bought a few years ago in NY, and the other two earthenware vessels by a very talented acquaintance.

So given my new penchant for indoor gardening, I was really excited to discover the founder of online store The Balcony Gardener, Isabelle Palmer’s new book The House Gardener. Isabelle’s books always seem to carry a nice symmetry with my own green fingered experiments – her last one published in summer 2013 The Balcony Gardener tied in perfectly with me tackling my own balcony garden which I am proud to say is ticking along nicely. So this year given my move into house plants I was itching to get a hold of her newest tome.


Filled with innovative ways to display your houseplants the book really taps into all the great indoor gardening trends, from air plants to indoor water gardens, terrariums and table centrepieces.

Stunningly styled images are all tied together with Palmer’s easy to put into practice instructions with comprehensive chapters for choosing and positioning containers, planting techniques and plant care. I already love this book, only having received and devoured it yesterday – and just know that it’s going to be a well-loved and well-thumbed modern classic on my bookshelf.

The House Gardener is published by CICO at £25 and is available at all good bookshops.

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

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3 Comments on New Book! The House Gardener

  1. Sarah Akwisombe
    Thursday, June 5th, 2014 14:21 at 2:21 pm (8 years ago)

    Firstly congratulations on the new arrival! 🙂 I became a mum for the first time myself, she a toddler now. Enjoy every minute, they grow SO fast.

    Secondly I need this book in my life!! I currently live in a beautiful flat in an Art Deco building, but sadly have no outside space. I love having natural plants and flowers as part of my decor, but cut flowers and limp pot plants don’t always give that wow factor. Whilst this book looks filled with great ideas to incorporate them in a stylish way! *Logs in to Amazon to buy book* 🙂

  2. Chris
    Monday, June 30th, 2014 22:58 at 10:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing!
    I love cacti, so many creative things to do with them 🙂

  3. Sonny
    Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 08:27 at 8:27 am (8 years ago)

    Beautiful book. Love the cactus in the lamp. So cute 🙂

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