A large curved bar matches the ceiling shape creating a curved room edge in this spacious kitchen. The natural rock frame adds beautiful texture against the polished granite countertop. Traditional pendant lights with bell bulb covers follow the arch of the ceiling and bar. A wood island in the center of the kitchen features a charcoal gray countertop for extra prep space beyond the eat in area.
Who’s ringing the bell? Find out by seeing live video feed on your cell phone — then communicate via two-way audio. It’s like installing a call box with video, plus a motion sensor, night vision and accessibility across multiple devices — so you can even see who’s there when you’re out of the house.
Let your kids play Mother Nature by creating flowers and butterflies using fresh fruits and vegetables. To make the flower, spoon plain Greek yogurt into a small bowl, then use fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries to create petals. Make a colorful butterfly with cucumber slices, bell pepper pieces, raspberries and blueberries.
This kitchen's crisp, clean white design shows just how much a bit of color can make an impact. Aside from the turquoise chairs and red stools and pillows, the addition of lemons and sunflowers provides a cheery, bright yellow that can be changed out by the day — and those sunny-hued things can be functional, too! In the fall, why not try orange bell peppers paired with chrysanthemums?
April showers bring May hummus and crudité flowers. Use individual containers of hummus or spoon hummus into a small prep bowl to serve as the center of the flower. Slice an English cucumber on the diagonal (these are seedless and have thin, edible skin) and top each piece with a bell pepper strip. Make the stem with a celery stalk and leaf and “plant” the flower into a bed of whole-wheat crackers.
This one grows a mat of lime-colored rosettes with pink-tinged leaves that work well as groundcover. They look like their cousin sempervivum, but rosularia has bell-shaped blooms instead of star-shaped. Like their hen-and-chick kin, they need lots of sun and fast-draining soil. They’re native to the Himalayas and the mountains of Turkey, but they’ll be happy in your rock garden or in a container. Zones 5 to 9.
Green leaves with wide, white edges help ‘Double Stuff’ Solomon’s seal provide eye-catching color in a woodland or shade garden. Fragrant flowers open in spring as white bell-shape blossoms that dangle along stems. Stems with or without blooms make a terrific addition to a garden bouquet. Deer-resistant plants grow 26 inches tall by 16 inches wide. Leaves fade to bright gold in fall. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
This beautiful bloomer opens delicate bell shape flowers with a nostalgic perfume. Typically you’ll only get one flowering from pips (the underground plant parts these plants arise from), but it will scent your entire apartment with a happy aroma. After flowering, grow the leaves for a spot of greenery, then transplant them into a park or friend’s garden for flowers in years to come. Botanical name: Convallaria majalis
This evergreen shrub is a workhorse in a shrub border, delivering strong year-round color. Evergreen winter leaves provide a beautiful backdrop to white, bell-like blooms that appear in spring. New leaves emerge fiery pink, fading to white-edged green in summer. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Good to know: This pieris doesn’t need pruning, but accepts it easily if you need to keep it a certain size or shape. For best results, prune after flowering.
Flowering maples (Abutilon spp.) were so popular in Victorian parlors, they were known as parlor maples (they’re not maples, however). The plants are coming back in style and they’re great for hanging baskets or other containers that show off their dangling, bell-shaped flowers. Most gardeners keep their plants outside in warm weather and overwinter them indoors. They need a bright exposure in your home and should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Prune lightly to keep them compact, but don’t remove too many stems, or the plants won’t set buds. ‘Yellow Finch’ has crinkly, yellow flowers and prefers full shade. When grown outdoors, this annual is hardy in zones 9-11.
Clematis flowers come in many shapes and sizes. Clematis texensis is known as a small-flowered clematis because it opens little blooms. ‘Duchess of Albany’ features bell-shaped pink flowers with deeper pink stripes down the center of petals. This kind of clematis is also referred to as a late-flowering type, because its first flowers start appearing in midsummer and keep opening through September in most regions. Once vines are established, they’re drought tolerant. Small-flowered clematis work well as a vine that weaves through other plantings, such as shrub roses, perennials or other shrubs. For best flowering, cut back in early spring to 6 inches tall. Vines grow 8 to 20 feet tall by 2 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9.