Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants

Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants

by Hilton Carter


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Make your home a healthier and more beautiful place to be with Hilton Carter’s inspirational ideas.

"Hilton Carter's love for plants is infectious... His lush and exuberant displays are inspiring reminders that plants can be so much more than neat little containers on a window sill." Grace Bonney, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Design*Sponge

Take a tour through Hilton’s own apartment and other lush spaces, filled with a huge array of thriving plants, and learn all you need to know to create your own urban jungle. As the owner of over 200 plants, Hilton feels strongly about the role of plants in one’s home—not just for the beauty they add, but for health benefits as well: ‘having plants in your home not only adds life, but changes the airflow throughout. It’s also a key design element when styling your place. For me, it wasn’t about just having greenery, but having the right variety of greenery. I like to see the different textures of foliage all grouped together. You take a fiddle leaf fig and sandwich it between a birds of paradise and a monstera and.... yes!’ You will be armed with the know-how you need to care for your plants, where to place them, how to propagate, how to find the right pot, and much more, and most importantly, how to arrange them so that they look their best. Combine sizes and leaf shapes to stunning effect, grow your own succulents from leaf cuttings, create your own air plant display, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782497134
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 13,134
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Hilton Carter is a director, editor, and fine artist, who loves making things with his hands. He is passionate about plants—his apartment is filled with over 200—and has a loyal following on Instagram (@hiltoncarter) where he shares his knowledge of plant care and styling. Hilton is based in Baltimore, MD.

Table of Contents

Introduction-into the wild 7

How I got started: Frank, my fiddle-leaf fig 8

Chapter 1 Green in the Home

A love letter to greenery 14

Friends with benefits 16

Shopping for plants 19

Tools of the trade 24

Chapter 2 Styling with Plants 28

Planting by design 30

Pots and base trays 34

Plant accordingly 36

Home grown 41

Making a plant hammock 46

Making a plant throne 52

Jungle by the Falls 56

Making a lamp terrarium 62

Chapter 3 Living with Plants 66

Plants in the home 68

Home tour: Jamie Campbell and Dairy Bynum 70

Home tour: Brenna Mathers and Elan Kotz 76

Home tour: Jessica and Michael Kremen 83

Home tour: Michelle Geczy 88

Chapter 4 Plant-Care Essentials 94

Potting your plant 97

Let the light in 106

Watering 110

Feeding 116

Sic transit Gloria 117

Propagation 118

Troubleshooting 130

Pest control 132

Hilton's recommended plants 134

Index 142

Love and thanks 144

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