With everything happening in the world right now, there is still a lot of time spent indoors. Therefore, it is essential that we slow down, carve out some “me time,” partake in off-screen interests and find new ways to engage our minds.
So we are super excited to partner with our friends over at Bloomscape to share with you some books you can read and plants inspired by each novel. We selected six books from across genres that we are pairing with plants based on each novel’s locale and vibe. So you can recreate the atmosphere in these novels by bringing some green into your home!
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The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones paired with Dracaena Warneckii
The Only Good Indians is a classic horror novel that meets sharp social commentary. The novel is set in the Northern Great Plains, so we decided to pair it with the Dracaena Warneckii plant.
The Dracaena Warneckii can tolerate high winds, and the high sun is super adaptable and very easy to care for. It’s a perfect plant for beginners who need a large, indoor plant in their home and looking to replicate a Northern Great Plains vibe.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens paired with Kimberly Queen Fern
Where the Crawdads Sing is a heartbreaking coming-of-age story and a surprising tale of possible murder. The novel is set in the marshes of North Carolina, so we decided to pair it with the Kimberly Queen Fern.
The Kimberly Queen Fern is hardier than other fern varieties and is more resilient to heat, drought, and direct sun. This adaptable fern looks just as lovely (and will be quite happy) on your balcony during the summer as it does in your dining room during the winter. It also gives us that marsh plant vibe, indicative of the Eastern United States!
Walden by Henry David Thoreau paired with Schefflera Amate
Henry David Thoreau is beloved as America’s bard of Walden Woods. Though he only lived there a couple years, his book of observations about nature, life, and his time at Walden Pond remains a perennial classic. The novel is set in Massachusetts, so we decided to pair it with with the Schefflera Amate plant.
Schefflera is a lively and lush houseplant that features leaves that form a pattern that looks like an umbrella. It loves bright indirect light and higher humidity but will do well in almost any environment. We decided to pair this plant with Walden because it looks like a tree you would find in a temperate deciduous forest.
Bangkok Wakes To Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad paired with Chinese Fan Palm
Bangkok Wakes to Rain is a fictional biography of the city, that spans a century. Where characters and stories are linked by place, not time. As the name of the novel suggests, it is set in Bangkok Thailand so we decided to pair it with Chinese Fan Palm.
The Chinese Fan Palm is a striking houseplant that features large, dramatic fronds that resembled a folded paper fan. It is a very hardy plant and can tolerate drought better than most other palms, so it is a great choice for hands-off plant parents and those looking to replicate a South East Asia vibe!
Beach Read by Emily Henry paired with Spider Plant
In Beach Read we meet a romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut. They engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. The novel is set in Northern Michigan, so we decided to pair it with a Spider Plant.
The Spider plant is among the most adaptable houseplants, it’s very easy to grow, and will make a statement anywhere in your home. They also have a reputation for being nearly impossible to kill, so these fast-growing plants are a great option for the first-time plant owner. We decided to pair this plant with Beach Read because it’s a classic that’s fun and full of surprises.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes paired with Sansevieria Sayuri
Evvie Drake Starts Over is a heartfelt novel about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game. The novel is set in Maine so we decided to pair it with the Sansevieria Sayuri plant.
Sansevieria Sayuri has stiff, upright, sword-like leaves that are silvery gray to light green in color. If you’re new to plant ownership or are simply looking for an easy-care houseplant, a Sansevieria is a plant for you. This hardy plant remains popular because of its adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions. We decided to pair this plant with Evvie Drake Starts over because it can tolerate cold and hot weather, low light, and bright light – plus the colors scream North Eastern beach and Maine vibes!
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