Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring, especially in areas where the ground freezes. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later, but for best winter survival rates, you should have all plants in place by six weeks before soil typically freezes.
Previously, the eat-in portion of this kitchen contained and old, outdated breakfast nook with banquettes. The homeowners loved this unique addition to their space, but it was in desperate need of updating, so designers scaled back the walls to create a larger space for the nook, then they modernized it with a bright wall color, silver leather covering on the banquettes, a modern table and a red, modern chandelier to match the walls. To help light the space, designers added double hung windows to let in plenty of natural light, making the space, bright, warm and inviting.
Consider lava rock as a mulch in xeriscape gardens or around shrubs, succulents or other plantings that won’t change much over time. This type of rock is lightweight compared to traditional stone mulch, which makes it easier to haul and handle without professional help. Individual rock edges tend to be sharp. Stone mulch doesn’t ever break down or disappear—it’s a permanent addition to the landscape. Place it on a layer of landscape fabric to prevent rocks from sinking into soil.
To create a stylish centerpiece, fill a compote with water and whole limes, and tuck flowers – stripped of most stems – in amongst the limes. Pinecones, ornaments or fresh, colorful vegetables like artichokes and radishes also serve as sturdy anchors for blooms. In addition to candle-filled votives set casually on the table, succulents placed in water-filled votive cups make charming tabletop decorations.
Tough as nails and a strong bloomer, black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) belongs in every garden. This native beauty adds sunny shades to the summer garden, with flowers that lure butterflies and all manner of bees. Blossoms make a great addition to the vase and continue to open until fall frost if you faithfully remove spent blooms. Seedheads attract goldfinches and other seed-eating birds. Grows 24 to 36 inches tall by 12 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
The hip black and white look of this barrel cactus cut and placed on alternating black sand and table salt is made even more dramatic with the addition of vertical porcupine quills. "Pour one mound of table salt across each side of the glass cube. Layer black fine grained sand on top. Repeat. Layer with white aquarium pebble before placing cactus," says Anne Gunnels of Honey + Gunn Succulents. The table design is by @pleasebeseatedrentals.
Turn up the fall color with ‘Red Jewel’ helenium. This native perennial tosses open blooms in shades of red and orange starting in midsummer and extending well into fall. Tuck helenium into rich soil that drains well, and cut plants back by half in spring to increase branching and bushiness. Flowers make a great addition to garden bouquets. Plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Reinvent empty frames as illuminated sculptures with the addition of colored lights. For indoor use, standard vintage-style lights can be used to wrap wall-hung frames, placed near outlets. To help disguise extension cords, consider grouping several frames vertically, tucking the cord behind each frame, then into outlets near the bottom of the wall. For outdoor use, such as a repurposed wreath alternative placed on a front door, it's best to use battery-operated lights.
A winter mulch can be a gardener’s best friend, especially around new additions to the landscape. That extra mulch layer can help prevent frost heave around new plants that may not have an extensive root system to help keep them anchored in soil as it freezes and thaws. Put a 2-inch-thick layer around the base of plants to insulate roots and
Consider using steel edging to give trees the royal treatment. Instead of creating an informal tree ring using mulch, install steel edging for a durable edge that doesn’t need refreshed on an ongoing basis (like plain mulch does). Steel edging is flexible enough to form a circle around a tree, and it slips into soil relatively easily. Simply tap into place using a rubber mallet. The finished edge provides an eye-catching addition to your home landscape.
This non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning slime from Cyber Clean is a great addition to the home or office. You can clean just about any surface like doorknobs, drawers, kitchen appliances, remote controls, keyboards, speakers, camera equipment and more. It's great for hard-to-reach crevices and can be used over and over. All you do is fold the dirt and grime into the slime and use until the slime turns a darker color that matches the swatch displayed on the container.
Add bright gold to stream or pondside plantings with Chinese globeflower (Trollius ‘Golden Queen’). Blooms open 2 to 3 inches across from late spring into midsummer on plants that grow 24 to 36 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Include this beauty in a cutting garden—its flowers make a great addition to bouquets. Chinese globeflower is a slow grower and takes one to two years to become fully established in the garden. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
The colors used on walls, floors and fabrics along with unique design details are the key to updating the look of a traditional home. The console in this entry is covered with a custom skirt that features grommets that look like nail heads. Nails and tacks are used on wood and metal, but they are an uncommon addition on fabric. Additionally, the band accent incorporates curves in its design detail instead of straight lines. The mirror above the console has beautifully proportioned divisions in a mullion-like configuration around its perimeter. This edging adds both dimension and interest to the mirror, mirror on the wall.
If purple is your jam, you need to tuck clustered bellflower into your garden. The bright purple blossoms make a perfect addition to any late spring or early summer bouquet. Remove spent blooms to help extend the flower show. Blossoms beckon butterflies and other pollinators. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 15 to 16 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Good vase companions for clustered bellflower: bearded iris, baptisia, gas plant, lady’s mantle and coralbells.
Backyard blooms are a natural candidate for centerpieces — in addition to the cost savings of using free flowers, you can also show off your green thumb. Cut flowers early in the morning when the air and ground temps are cooler and plants are least stressed. And, be sure to place the cut blooms directly into a bucket of water to prevent any moisture loss. When arranging, re-cut the stems at a 45-degree angle before placing into a vase with added floral preservative.
This family’s sunroom is so popular that it’s rendered the actual family room virtually unused. It is officially the family’s favorite place to hang out. The room actually just received what we like to call a “facelift” this past summer. The spacious sectional, motorized shades, art, tables, rug and pillows are all new additions. As a self-proclaimed texture fanatic, I added grasscloth to the ceiling just to get one more natural element into the room. For this family, I built a tone-on-tone foundation with lots of texture and added in color with pillows and accessories.
In addition to having amazing taste, Henry also has an undeniable green thumb. The twin fiddle leaf fig trees (my all-time favorite interior plant) flanking the pair of white leather Eames lounges are the clear MVPs in this space. Believe it or not the case goods on the left were not all purchased together. Henry found them from multiple sources and was more pleased than anyone that the pieces came together so well. Here in his second floor home office, Henry finds comfort in the classic sectional facing the outdoors or on the upper level patio perfect for watching fireworks celebrations in downtown Atlanta.
For outstanding fall color, include easy-growing ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’) in your garden. Low-maintenance and deer-resistant, goldenrod unfurls tiny, bright yellow blooms on horizontal branches that add color from late summer well into fall. This is a super pollinator plant, attracting all kinds of bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. Flowers make a great addition to bouquets. If you’re an allergy sufferer, please note that goldenrod doesn’t cause hayfever. Plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.