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The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow

By Tovah Martin

Photographs by Kindra Clineff

Martin’s prose is so confident, and the plants so seductively photographed.

New York Times

Tovah Martin, the undisputed Queen of Green, shows that anyone can grow healthy houseplants.

It all boils down to a simple set of skills and—here’s the crucial part—picking the right plants. These tough but beautiful plants can thrive in less-than-ideal conditions, and they’re easy to find. You’ll also learn how to pot, repot, water, and fertilize; pick up some great ideas for fun, funky containers; and benefit from Tovah’s tips on how to display your plants to perk up a room.

So get some indestructibles and start your indoor garden. As Tovah promises, “Life will be beautiful.”

Media reviews

"Martin’s prose is so confident, and the plants so seductively photographed, that I began to fantasize about building a conservatory."

New York Times Book Review

"Do you wish you lived in a lush indoor Eden, but are constantly reminded that plants die? There's hope for you: Some houseplants are simply harder to kill than others. Tovah Martin knows this."

Huffington Post

"Tovah Martin has a cure for those of us with black thumbs."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Changes the game of indoor gardening with its eloquent repertoire, excellent resources, and concise direction. Martin’s voice is like a friend’s sharing neighborly advice."

Design New England

"A very useful book, which is perfect for both new and experienced gardeners alike."

Pumpkin Beth

"Filled with heaps of sensible advice and wit."

The Columbian

About the author

Tovah Martin

Tovah Martin gardens fanatically and organically both indoors and throughout her seven-acre Connecticut garden. She is the author of many classic gardening books and the recipient of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal “for extraordinary service to horticulture, especially greenhouses and indoor plants.”

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