Spring is here and that means it’s finally time to peel back those curtains, absorb that sunshine and plant those seeds. There is certainly no time like springtime, because so many bright, colorful flowers are beginning to bloom. We’ve gathered a list of books that concern all things flowers; from planting to gardening and from cooking to fashion, there is always a way to put a flower on it.
Flowers in Your Home
Flowers for the Home: Inspirations from the World Over by Prudence Designs by Grayson Handy
Taking inspiration from cultures and traditions all over the world, Handy has put together more than 100 floral arrangements for everyday around your home. Flowers for the Home discusses at length the design principles one can learn from each section of the globe and apply it to one’s own decoration and design. The photography featured within is absolutely wonderful, and will certainly inspire you in the effort to brighten your home. Check out more about Flowers for the Home on Amazon.
The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo
While the title may seem like a bit of a misnomer, it is actually a metaphor. The “recipes” given in The Flower Recipe Book are really an ingredients list: the type and quantity of blooms needed, details for proper care and hundreds of photos to illustrate every part of the arrangement. Impressed is just one of many things your guests will be. Check out more about The Flower Recipe Book on Amazon.
The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season by Baylor Chapman
Written as a follow-up to the above Flower Recipe Book, Chapman provides simple instructions for creating stunning décor with living plants. Each “recipe” in The Plant Recipe Book specifies the type and quality of plants needed, as well as more than 400 photographs that detail how to place each stem. Conventional and unconventional methods, such as traditional pots and shutters, are used so that no matter the style in which you wish to plant, you’ll have everything you need to make it perfect. Check out more about The Plant Recipe Book on Amazon.
Living Art: Style Your Home with Flowers by Olivier Giugni
Giugni recognizes flowers for what they are: a living organism that can brighten your mood and your home. His book Living Art: Style Your Home with Flowers is a tutorial more than anything. He walks you through his clients’ homes, as well as his own, so you can see how flowers blend seamlessly with whatever art, furniture or other decorations there may be in your own home. Seeing the ideas rather than just reading the words is his key to inspiration. Check out more about Living Art on Amazon.
Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm by Debra Prinzing
There is an obsessiveness with organic flowers, because after all, those are far better than the flowers laced with chemicals. Even when new blooms aren’t happening locally, Prinzing outlines how she kept her home and garden all natural for each of the 52 weeks of the year in Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm. From design tips to regional floral ingredients, she covers it all. Check out more about Slow Flowers on Amazon.
Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World’s Most Exotic Plants by William Cullina
There are 30,000 known species of orchids. This 250-page book by Cullina is practically an encyclopedia of the flower, and it will help you figure out which species is best for your garden or home. Whether you’re planting on a windowsill, a greenhouse or even using artificial lights, Understanding Orchids will tell you which ones thrive and which ones don’t under just about every condition. With such diversity in one flower, it is a huge help to have this book as a reference when deciding what to plant. Check out more about Understanding Orchids on Amazon.
Living in the Garden Home: Connecting the Seasons with Containers, Crafts, and Celebrations by P. Allen Smith
As an expert like Allen understands, gardening is all about the satisfaction of the work one puts into planting. From the planning, to the seeding, to the blooming, the process is really the most enjoyable part. Living in the Garden Home is about the idea that your garden is a part of your living space, rather than a spot on the ground. Allen gives tutorials on gardening in different seasons, indoors and out, and many other valuable pieces of information. Check out more about Living in the Garden Home on Amazon.
Flowers in Your Cooking
Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher and Miana Jun
From sweet violet cupcakes, to pansy petal pancakes, to sunflower chickpea salad, all food groups and styles are covered by Bacher and Jun in Cooking with Flowers. Not only that, but it includes tips for finding, cleaning and preparing blossoms as food. You’ll learn how to pick the right ones from the local farmers market, or grow them yourself; you can even find out how to infuse flowers into your favorite drinks. Check out more about Cooking with Flowers on Amazon.
Discover Cooking with Lavender by Kathy Gehrt
Who knew that there were so many ways to incorporate a single flower into so many different dishes? Gehrt did, and she has outlined more than 90 recipes in Discover Cooking with Lavender that highlight this ingredient. Appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts; it’s all here for your perusal. There are even tips on growing and preserving the precious flower. Check out more about Discover Cooking with Lavender on Amazon.
Eat Your Roses by Denise Schreiber
Much like the quircky traveling gnome, Schreiber wants readers to enjoy the roses — only she hopes they’ll eat them rather than smell them. With full-colored photos throughout Eat Your Roses, it is a little difficult to not feel hungry while leafing through this book. A true intellectual’s cooking-with-flowers book, it runs through the history and lore of each flower while also divulging proper handling and preparation techniques. Check out more about Eat Your Roses on Amazon.
Flowers in the Kitchen: A Bouquet of Tasty Recipes by Susan Belsinger
As delicious as the pasta on the cover may look, Belsinger has put together many more mouthwatering recipes inside Flowers in the Kitchen. It’s amazing how many things there are in which flowers can be used. Butters, vinegars, entrees and desserts, there is floral to be had in just about every part of the meal. There is even a comprehensive chart of 50 food-ready flowers and a gardening plan within its pages. Check out more about Flowers in the Kitchen on Amazon.
Flowers in Your Designs
Fabric Flowers (20 to Make) by Kate Haxell
When you’re looking to add flowers to your garments, it’s great to know how best to attach them to your ensemble. It’s also important to know how to match different flowers with different felts, cloths and other clothing materials. Haxell outlines many of those in Fabric Flowers; from bags and clothing, to even shoes and hats, she covers many ways to brighten your wardrobe — perfect for all the sunshine that will be making an appearance soon. Check out more about Fabric Flowers on Amazon.
Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give by Diane Gilleland
There is perhaps no culture that uses flowers as prominently and beautifully as the Japanese. Gilleland outlines their use of flowers in fashion in Kanzashi in Bloom. Rewarding effort and patience, this book instructs readers on how to fold delicate squares of silk into three-dimensional flower petals. Modern and easily executed flower designs are also presented, so there is certainly something for everyone here. Check out more about Kanzashi in Bloom on Amazon.
15. Bloom: A Collection of Fabric Flowers by Kimberly Christopherson and Kris Thurgood
Christopherson and Thurgood (who happen to be twin sisters) have provided an excellent manual for creating fine floral works of art from fabric. The beauty of Bloom: A Collection of Fabric Flowers is in its ingenuity; the same colors and materials you use can be transformed into a completely different flower each time. With suggestions on how to decorate with these fabric flowers included, there is inspiration aplenty in here. Check out more about Bloom on Amazon.
Ribbonwork Gardens: The Ultimate Visual Guide to 122 Flowers, Leaves & Embellishment Extras by Christen Brown
It’s amazing how much can be done using the most simple techniques. In this case, Brown shows 122 exquisite floral elements using just seven basic knots and stitches. There is something in Ribbonwork Gardens for every skill level. This guide is complete with ribbon styles, cutting charts, troubleshooting tips and even has a gallery of inspirational ideas to help you get started. It will even help you add your own touch of panache to your designs. Check out more about Ribbonwork Gardens on Amazon.
The Artful Ribbon: Ribbon Flowers by Candace Kling
The Artful Ribbon illustrates how to make flowers from ribbon that are so realistic in appearance they could be mistaken for the real thing. With extensive direction and diagrams, this book takes the mystery out of creating these masterpieces, while inserting all the fun. From traditional to modern, there is something here for designers of all eras. Check out more about The Artful Ribbon on Amazon.
Great American Wreaths by Martha Stewart
Perhaps the world’s foremost authority on anything design and decoration, Stewart writes in Great American Wreaths a personalized and specific guide on DIY flower design. In this book, she details how to make a wreath for any seasonal occasion, and using materials commonly found in your home state. Your location is the inspiration, and her helpful instructions ensure a wreath for your home that is fitting and beautiful. Check out more about Great American Wreaths on Amazon.
Flowers in Your Pots
Bulb Forcing for Beginners and the Seriously Smitten by Art Wolk
Although the weather outside is nothing but snow, sleet and rain, you can still have beautiful and lush gardens within the comfortable confines of your home. With Bulb Forcing for Beginners and the Seriously Smitten, Wolk demonstrates how to maintain a green thumb all year round. Filled with more than 350 photos and a touch of humor to boot, this book shows how easy it is to have an indoor garden that will make it feel like spring during the darkest days of winter. Check out more about Bulb Forcing on Amazon.
Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion, Revised: Growing Food & Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace by Shane Smith
Greenhouse gardeners spend as much time in their greenhouses with a book and a cup of coffee as they do with pruning shears and a watering can. That’s why the revised edition of Smith’s bestseller, Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion, has even more to offer. Smith uses his 20 years of experience to explain in detail how to draw the most out of your indoor garden. Check out more about Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion on Amazon.
The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature by Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff
For those that live in an apartment in the city or are in an office all day, The New Terrarium is perfect for you. Martin and Clineff introduce readers to a world of flowers that is completely indoors, and under glass. Surprisingly, when under glass, plants need little help from the outside world to thrive. This book is an instructional how-to as well as a center for ideas that explains what flowers grow best in this fashion and showcases designs for creating your terrarium. Check out more about The New Terrarium on Amazon.
Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space by Derek Fell
Say you have a balcony, or maybe a rooftop patio at best, and you need to make the most of your small space for a flower (or vegetable) garden. Well, that’s where Vertical Gardening comes in. These climbing plants are far less prone to insects, disease and other pests that may be about, and maintenance is much easier on your back. Fell describes these benefits plus how to get the best garden possible by growing upward instead of outward. Check out more about Vertical Gardening on Amazon.
Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants by Debra Lee Baldwin
For those in the “limited gardening space” category, Succulent Container Gardens is your answer. Baldwin certainly left no stone unturned, as she provides all the tutorials you will need in order to start your own container garden. The most finite of details are covered, including soil mixes, overwintering, propagation and much more. Check out more about Succulent Container Gardens on Amazon.
Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello
With a terrarium, you can literally create anything you wish. A desert, lush tropical flowers, a tiny rainforest, it’s up to you. Aiello explains in great detail how to make a plethora of these little gardens in Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds. The tutorial is filled with original designs and step-by-step directions to take out the guessing but keep all the creativity when it comes to making your own world. You can have all the beauty of a garden without all the work. Check out more about Terrarium Craft on Amazon.
The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide by Editors of Sunset Magazine
When it comes to gardening, change is constant. Whether it’s the seasons, planting techniques or materials, there is always something new to consider. In response to that evolution, the Editors of Sunset Magazine have updated The New Western Garden Book to its Ninth Edition. This book’s easy-to-follow format has 768 pages worth of illustrations, climate zone maps and growing-season graphs to help you have the best garden possible. Check out more about The New Western Garden Book on Amazon.
The Houseplant Encyclopedia by Ingrid Jantra and Ursula Kruger
If you’re looking for the “one-stop shopping” book where everything you wanted to know about indoor gardening was included, then you need look no further. Jantra and Kruger have created a comprehensive guide of more than 1,000 plants in The Houseplant Encyclopedia. From well-known plants, to exotic flowers to rare specimens, everything you’d hope to find is here. Check out more about The Houseplant Encyclopedia on Amazon.
Flowers in Your Wedding
Preston Bailey: Designing with Flowers by Preston Bailey
Renowned for much of his work, Bailey is one of the foremost wedding planning and floral design authorities in the industry. His sixth book, Designing with Flowers, takes the reader on a journey of the latest in floral design for every situation. Most important, he covers the meaning and symbolism of each flower, so that no matter what event you may be planning, you can be sure to choose just the right arrangement for the occasion. Check out more about Designing with Flowers on Amazon.
The New Book of Wedding Flowers: Simple & Stylish Arrangements for the Creative Bride by Joanne O’Sullivan
A wedding day is a special day for all involved, especially the bride. Flowers are an integral part of a wedding, and deciding on a perfect bouquet can be vexing. O’Sullivan takes care of your worries in The New Book of Wedding Flowers, outlining how to coordinate flowers with the overall theme, as well as bouquet shapes and their relationship with the dresses. Check out more about The New Book of Wedding Flowers on Amazon.
Wedding Flowers by Paula Pryke
If you are a soon-to-be bride and are looking for floral ideas that are as comprehensive as they are innovative, Wedding Flowers should be high on your list of reads. Pryke provides everything you’ll need to take out any drama and insert the romance on your special day. With advice on bridal bouquets, and even about picking flowers for each part (ceremony and reception) of your special day, this book is a must have. Check out more about Wedding Flowers on Amazon.
Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers by Karen Bussen
If there’s one thing Bussen understands, it’s that perfect flowers make for the perfect wedding day. However, many don’t realize the intricacies and nuances of picking and arranging flowers. Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers lets you in on the secrets of achieving this feat. Everything from how much should you spend to working with a professional florist is explained in detail to make your life a little easier. Check out more about Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers on Amazon.
Would you like to get started on your own perfect garden, or perhaps decorate your home with beautiful fresh flowers? Get inspired by our spring bulb collection!