This new addition to the Black & Decker Outdoor Home series helps readers bring all the benefits of outdoor gardening to the interior of their homes. In addition to bringing natural garden beauty to the indoor decor, houseplants are now known to be an important component of indoor air quality, especially in homes that are tightly sealed against outside air. Many plants filter out toxins and convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Indoor gardening has its own particular challenges, and this book addresses them all, including: controlling pests and diseases in a confined environment; providing supplemental lighting where natural sunlight is limited; and propagating difficult species. Like other volumes in this series, Houseplants features the most up-to-date information available, including latest developments in potting soil compositions, water retaining polymers, pest and disease control. The plant encyclopedia is the most comprehensive listing of popular indoor species and includes not only flowers and foliage plants, but ornamental grasses and dwarf trees.