This living room is a playful mix of colors and style. A red patterned curtain plays off the overstuffed red armchair. A commercial sign listing Boston neighborhoods serves as industrial wall art. A chevron rug and an avocado green record case as end table storage complete the color- and decade-mixing fun.
Unusual hand-shaped leaves with a striking color mix make Gryphon begonia a star for shade gardens. Avocado green leaves have maroon veins and are splashed with silver. Leaf undersides and stems also showcase maroon shades. It’s a natural for containers, easily filling the thriller role. It looks beautiful paired with red and white Super Elfin impatiens (shown). Gryphon does best in part to full shade, growing 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. In Southern zones, protect Gryphon from hot afternoon sun.
Fresh greens, herbed goat cheese and citrus notes are featured in this flavorful springtime salad. For the dressing, you'll need: ½ cup orange juice, ¼ cup white wine vinegar and ¼ cup olive oil. For the salad, you'll need: 6 ounces of mixed baby lettuces, 1 avocado cut into wedges, 4 ounces crumbled herbed goat cheese, 1 navel orange sliced in rounds or segments and fresh herbs like flat leaf parsley, cilantro and thyme.