The Plant Recipe Book
by Baylor Chapman
Artisan publishing house has asked us to review this lovely book...and we liked so much we thought we should share it with you! One lucky person will receive a copy after the contest closes on Wednesday, May 7th. Enter to win at the end of this post.
The Plant Recipe Book by Baylor Chapman features 40+ plants and for each one, she shows you how to pot them on their own, with a few other companion plants, and in a more advanced arrangement. For each option, you are given a "recipe" to follow, including the number of plants, where to put them in relation to each other, and how to lean, tilt or stake them if needed. The "ingredients list" tells you what types of soil, containers, liners and other materials may be used.
What I really appreciate about this book is Ms. Chapman's insight into creating a purposeful composition with the plants. I've been planting garden beds for years but container gardening is a bit intimidating. You have to get the soil, water and drainage components just right or your plants will die. Never mind that to achieve the look of container gardens you see in magazines, you think you need to have a degree in horticulture. Ms. Chapman's book is like taking a peek behind the curtain of a magician: the photos show you what that gorgeous mix of wild plants looks like underneath the foliage. You see how the soil is mounded in certain places, how some plants are tilted so that the leaves drape over the rim, and how empty spots are filled in with pebbles or even air plants so that your final centerpiece looks like a work of art.
My favorite parts of the book, however, are the containers themselves. Ms. Chapman uses everything from wooden shutters to burlap webbing to hold her plants. There are ideas for repurposing plates, tote bags and decorative boxes into planters. But the most unusual suggestions are the ones that feature lichen covered sticks, sheet moss or small tree stumps to act as the containers for other plants. After paging through the book, you realize that pretty much anything can be used as a grow house...you just need to pair the right plants with the right container. And Baylor Chapman is a master teacher on the subject.
As a hybrid book on gardening and design, consider my review to be glowing!
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