Five lush natural rattan hanging baskets with blooms on the covered front porch add nice color and texture to this outdoor space made for enjoying fresh air and the vibrancy of this urban Cincinnati neighborhood.
Grab an amaryllis bulb kit to fill your home with the stately splendor of these big blooms. Plant several types in the same pot to create a colorful indoor garden. After flowers fade, snip blossom stems at the base. Continue to grow the leaves through winter and plan to set plants outside for the summer if you want to have bulbs bloom again next year.
Designer Julie Holloway brings a bold, rich look to the second floor bedroom bath with this romantic wall covering that, along with the bamboo blinds, continues the story of "nature" that reoccurs throughout this idea home.
Bring the freshness of spring to your table by arranging blooms of tulips, star of Bethlehem and maidenhair ferns into white vases like milk glass or Easter rabbit vases on coordinating cake stands for height.
Panicle hydrangeas bloom in early summer, starting out white, then transitioning to pink and purplish pink in early fall. The species is a coarse, open shrub with an unkempt appearance, but selections like 'Limelight' have great form, especially in containers.
My great-grandmother’s “night blooming Cereus” (Epiphyllum oxypetalum), with its long, flattened, sword-like leaves, was a cause for family gatherings when it started to flower at night. Mine was grown from an easily-rooted piece of leaf stem from her original plant. Other commonly-shared night flowering cacti include those with three-sized leaf stems (Hylocereus) and rounded leaf stems (Selenicereus).
An intense and intoxicating perfume wafts from the flowers of night-blooming jasmine each evening. Plants blossom intermittently year-round and grow rapidly. Prune as needed to retain shape. Just make sure not to prune too often, since flowers form on mature stems. Give this plant a sunny southern window for best flowering. Botanical name: Cestrum nocturnum
The common pear (Pyrus communis) flowers at the height of spring, opening bright white blooms that pollinators can’t resist. A tree in full bloom literally buzzes with busy insects. Pear trees are tall, growing 25 to 30 feet and up to 20 feet wide. Pears do best in full sun and tolerate heavy clay, one of the few fruit trees that do. Hardy in Zones 4-8.