A modern staircase invites traffic to flow from the first to second floor in the entryway of HGTV Green Home 2011. An oversized bureau at the base of the stairs accommodates storage of outerwear or mail.
A bookshelf was placed in the remodeled closet behind a leather wingback chair, creating a cozy spot to read in this home office. Coastal bookends and accessories coordinate with the tropical theme of the rest of the room.
This nursery incorporates elements of the circus in its decor, from the green-and-white striped ceiling to the curtains and coordinating valance that have been hung behind the crib. A yellow door and red antlers bring even more color into the vibrant space.
Crunchy, juicy ‘White Satin’ carrots have a sweet but slightly spicy taste. This Nantes-type carrot holds up well in storage. Serve them uncooked, alongside purple and orange carrots, to add color to the table.
'Yellowstone' carrots are non-GMO, which means they are open-pollinated, not genetically engineered. They're sunflower-yellow in color, with a sweet, mild flavor and a crisp bite. 'Yellowstone' is an Imperator-type carrot.
Find a carrot variety that's right for your garden; not all carrots form elongated roots. Blunt-tipped Nantes types are the easiest for most backyard gardeners to grow. Imperators are the long, straight, tapered types usually sold in stores. Chantneys are short and stubby, and shaped like cones. You can also find mini varieties and radish-type carrots for growing in containers or heavy or rocky soils.
'Solar Yellow’ carrots have their roots, so to speak, in the Middle East. Some sources date them to the 900s, while others say they appeared in the 14th century. They’re a bit sweeter than most orange carrots, and hold their buttery color when cooked.
Inside this spacious, opulent nursery, heavy lavender draperies partially cover a pair of glass doors and hang on the wall behind an ornate crib with gold accents. An embellished white bureau, also with gold accents, is angled in one corner of the room. A sparkling chandelier and vintage floor-length mirror offer added glamor to this luxurious room.
Some seed sellers say that white carrots were grown as far back as the Middle Ages. Today, the cream-colored roots of ‘Lunar White’ offer cooks and gardeners a mild flavor and small cores. While carrots with colorful pigments are thought to offer more health benefits, this variety is a good source of dietary fiber.
Sweet-tasting and tapered, ‘Deep Purple’ carrots grow to 7 or 8 inches long. They’re dark purple inside and out, although the color fades when the carrots are cooked. Try quickly stir-frying them to preserve the color.
An heirloom allium, Atropurpureum is a great choice for a cutting garden, with stiff, tall stems that support burgundy-purple to wine-red florets. Watch for the blooms to appear from late spring into early summer.
If you can provide impatiens with enough humidity, these pretty annuals will add color to your windowsill garden for weeks. While they tolerate the average home temperature, they need at least 50% humidity. Group them with other plants, grow them in a bathroom or near the kitchen sink, or sit their pots in shallow trays filled with pebbles and a little water to give them the moisture they need. Another option: mist your impatiens daily.
‘Drumstick’ (Allium sphaerocephalon) adds showy clover-red to reddish-purple color to the summer garden. The blooms are egg-shaped, unlike the rounded heads of most alliums. ‘Drumstick’ naturalizes nicely.
Relax with a cup of tea made from deliciously fragrant lavender flowers. Although studies have been small and limited, research at the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that lavender tea may help relieve insomnia and stress, among other conditions.
Ornamental peppers are popular holiday plants with colorful, decorative fruits. Give your plant a cool spot that gets lots of bright light, and water as needed to keep the soil from drying out. Some ornamental peppers have been treated with chemicals, and others just aren't good for eating, so enjoy the fruits only as ornamentals. Don't consume them or let children or pets come in contact with them. Annual ornamental peppers can stay in their pots or be transplanted into the garden after all danger of frost has passed. They'll grow until the first hard frost. This variety is 'NuMex Easter.'