Prick Cacti and succulents : choosing, styling, caring

Gynelle Leon

Book - 2017

"Cacti and succulents are the plants of the moment. Beautiful, affordable and - if you know how - easy to care for, they're a shortcut to creating brighter, calmer, more relaxing spaces in the home and office. In Prick, cacti and succulent expert Gynelle Leon gives you all the knowledge you need to help your plants thrive - from a plant index showcasing all the weird and wonderful varieties available, to simple advice on how to choose, care for and style your plant for maximum impact&q...uot;--Back cover.

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Subjects
Published
London : Mitchell Beazley 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
224 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 216-217) index.
ISBN
9781784723675
1784723673
Main Author
Gynelle Leon (author)
  • Introduction
  • History & origins
  • Plant gallery & directory
  • Care guide
  • Styling.
Review by Choice Reviews

Styling with plants sounds so modern and, well, stylish. Styling with architecturally complex and nearly zero maintenance cacti and succulents sounds like a minimalist's dream: the ideal greenery to complement a simple living space with white walls and shockingly colored overstuffed chairs. This new twist on the traditional plant guide arises from Leon's artistic sensibility rather than her wide-ranging botanical knowledge, although both are in evidence in the typeface, page layout, plant selections, and tone of the text. Leon, who owns a succulent nursery and is a plant photographer, accompanies her text with 145 color photographs; all of these are artfully composed, and the majority are organized taxonomically. This allows readers to flip through the book to find the growth forms and patterns of spines, fuzz, or invaginations best suited to their living spaces and design needs. Unfortunately, only a few examples of home decor styles are provided. This leaves readers hungry for more. Anyone with a not-so-green thumb will savor advice such as this: "These plants will survive neglect. Overwatering is the most common cause of plant failure, so be careful with that water!" Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.--G. C. Stevens, formerly, University of New MexicoGeorge C. Stevensformerly, University of New Mexico George C. Stevens Choice Reviews 55:10 June 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A modern guide to the fashionable world of prickly, spiny houseplants. Cacti and succulents are the hottest new trend. These spiny little plants are taking Instagram by storm, and are steadily making their way into the most stylish homes. With their striking shapes and many different colors, they provide the perfect, low maintenance design accent for contemporary living spaces. Easy to care for, they also bring tranquillity and mindfulness.Gynelle Leon founded London's first ever shop dedicated to cacti and succulent, called Prick. Here, with inspirational and achievable styling tips and advice, she shares her secrets to using these plants to transform your home. With profiles on the huge range of cactus varieties and information on caring for and styling your houseplants, this is the perfect guide to bringing the outdoors in.