Hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, Abutilon x hybridum 'Rosea', also called pink flowering maple, is a shrub with graceful, drooping stems. Its pink blooms open in spring and summer, while the foliage stays evergreen in mild winter climates. It's lovely in hanging baskets or other containers.
Fake flowers and succulents from a discount home decor store beautify a tabletop. With these "permanent botanicals," Georgia designer Beth Johnson says the homeowners don't have to worry about plants dying when they're not able to visit their second home at the lake.
A custom tablecloth made using dark-toned wool tartan sets a soft, warm base for the look. To create your own no-sew tablecloth, find a heavy-weight plaid at your fabric store and create a clean edge using an iron and seam tape.
Trays should be balanced both visually and physically, says Atlanta interior designer Steve McKenzie. “Something with height adds interest — vase with a flower, pretty julep cup with your collection of vintage stir sticks,” he says.