Rooted in Design

Rooted in Design: Sprout Home's Guide to Creative Indoor PlantingTitle: Rooted in Design
Authors: Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give
Photographers: Ramsay de Give and Maria Lawson
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-697-3

“For anyone without a yard or other outdoor space, indoor plants are a way to stay connected to nature. And even if you do have access to public gardens and parks, living with indoor plants is a way to create a more calming and natural environment in your home,” Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give write in the introduction to their book, Rooted in Design: Sprout Home’s Guide to Creative Indoor Planting.

This two hundred and twenty-four page hardbound targets those interested in creating beautiful live plant arrangements using various mediums. After an introduction, eight chapters cover the topic, ending with resources, credits, acknowledgments, and an index. The photographs by de Give and Lawson range in size from one-sixth to full-page, full-color presentations and are sometimes fuzzy.

Plant lovers Heibel and de Give are dedicated to creative displays of plants. With their retail stores in Chicago and Brooklyn that specializes in contemporary garden design for outdoor and indoor space, the book is the next step in showing others how to show off plants.

Dividing the book into container sections, plants are discussed when using a wall, ledge, floor, hanging, table, kitchen, undercover, and rooted. Not only having photographs of the finished plant collection, there are also plenty of written paragraphs of how to select and care for the plants as well as what containers to use and the best location per the species.

Suggested creations include using clear wall vases for plant cuttings and multiple ledge containers with various plants to balancing a room’s zone, trying the free-form planting method of kokedama, selecting different container styles, growing medicinal and edible indoor gardens, choosing one of five types of terrariums, and factoring in light, water, and fertilizers.

The ending’s plant directory has small color photographs of each plant with its genetic and common name along with codes for lighting and watering requirements.  Topics of humidity, fertilizing, pruning, problems, and special care of specific projects as also presented with an interesting chart of plant types for humans.

This book would be a lovely gift for those who enjoy indoor plants and want to take the next level of artistic designs using them as the focal point in the home.

Doing monthly television segments for ABC Morning News, Heibel has appeared on other shows and writes a regular garden column. De Give has been on Martha Stewart’s radio show and featured in numerous publications.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

This review will be posted on Blogging for Books, DeeperShopping and Amazon with links on, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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