IN­DOOR OUT­DOOR L IVING

Dec­o­rat­ing with plants? Hor­ti­cul­tural ex­pert Ja­son Chongue re­veals his per­fect picks for ev­ery space

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Bring na­ture into your home, from vi­brant flo­ral dis­plays to the per­fect house­plants for ev­ery room. Plus, ar­chi­tec­tural ways to blur in­doors and out, and all you need for al fresco en­ter­tain­ing

Ja­son Chongue is an in­te­rior de­signer, ar­chi­tect, plant spe­cial­ist – and now, au­thor of new book Plant So­ci­ety. Named af­ter the ‘plant so­cial net­work’ he founded in 2016, which or­gan­ises work­shops, con­sul­ta­tions, pop-ups, cut­ting swaps and a plant-styling ser­vice for com­mer­cial clients in his home town of Mel­bourne, Chongue de­scribes the book as ‘a starter guide to keep­ing trop­i­cal plants in­doors’. In­side, its stylish pho­tog­ra­phy and case stud­ies of creative peo­ple’s con­tem­po­rary, green­ery-filled homes are com­ple­mented by prac­ti­cal ad­vice and ideas. There’s a step-by-step crash course in prop­a­gat­ing, a sec­tion on trou­bleshoot­ing, and a run­down of the most strik­ing species to keep in­doors, listed in or­der of how dif­fi­cult they are to grow. Here, Chongue ex­plains which house­plants work in each room. ➤

To find out how to cre­ate this beau­ti­ful flo­ral dis­play, and many others, buy Wreaths: Fresh, For­aged & Dried Flo­ral Ar­range­ments by Katie Smyth and Terri Chan­dler (£14.99, Quadrille)

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