Bright, contemporary planting ideas for modern lives are to be found here. With today's busy schedules and compact living spaces the norm, we are losing touch with nature. Small backyards, dingy basement areas, cramped windowsills all collude to block nature from our day-to-day lives. Mike Pilcher tries to bring us back in step with plants and our innate need to nurture. He highlights the plus sides to all the negative viewpoints of gardening in limited urban spaces. Quirky, stylish and, in many cases, instant projects transform shady corners or awkward-to-plant areas. From front doors, steps, balconies, yards and roof gardens, he explains the endless possibilities to which they avail themselves. Sensible advice conjoined with exciting ideas will inspire both reluctant gardeners and those who just want to grow and enjoy plants but are unable to do so at the present time due to limited space. Houseplants too, an essential for human well-being and spirituality, are examined with an excellent guide to plants for each room from the kitchen to the bedroom. Aftercare advice for both indoor and outdoor planting are included, including notes on propagation for keener gardeners. Not only plants but wall hangings, mirrors, water features and statuary are covered, all bringing out the most of a tiny space. Planting suggestions for all locations are concisely dealt with and Mike's chatty style of writing ensures an enjoyable yet informative read. If you are stuck for ideas in your flat or apartment, this book gives many suggestions, presented in a modern uptodate style, to introduce greenery and flowers in a way that complements today's stylistic thinking.