White and navy architectural details provide a clean backdrop for the similarly refined color palette in Danielle Rollins' garden where a grove of hydrangea, and daisies provide a sense of enclosure in the pool area. The entire back yard bordered on two sides by Rollins' handsome Georgian home, has a secret garden, private feel that adds to its appeal. "I don't really like flowers that much" says Rollins of her muted color palette and understated garden design, which she did herself.
These aren’t your grandmother’s garden mums! Dress your outdoor spaces with the newest in garden mums: trailing Skyfall garden mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium). The flowers open to reveal petite daisy-like blossoms that beckon late season pollinators. Create your own autumn fest by hanging baskets of mixed Skyfall garden mum varieties, including yellow, white and pink. Purchase baskets that are fully budded and just starting to open flowers to make sure you get the color you want. Then sit back and enjoy the floral fireworks as buds burst.
Look for new Skyfall mums to create the perfect porch-size garden mum orb. Traditional garden mums don’t always make the prettiest hanging baskets because their stems don’t naturally trail and can be brittle, breaking easily. Not so with Skyfall mums. These trailing mums adapt beautifully to hanging baskets, cascading naturally. The petite daisy blooms beckon butterflies to the frost-tolerant plants. Look for flower colors of yellow, white, pink, purple and red. Plants are garden hardy in Zones 6A to 11. Plant at least six weeks before frost to help ensure winter survival.
Holiday cinerarias are happy with cool home temperatures--in fact, they need a location that stays between 40 and 55 degrees F. Warm temperatures cause them to decline fast. You'll find these daisy-like flowers in shades of red, pink, blue, violet and white, and they'll last for weeks if you keep the soil moist, not wet. Don't let the plants dry out, because you may not be able to revive them. When the blooms finish, toss your cinerarias into the compost.
David Austin's 'Snow Goose' is a repeat-flowering rambler rose that blooms abundantly, is very healthy and reliable and relatively thornless -- qualities that make it particularly useful as a climber or tall shrub. It has a delicious sweet musk fragrance. The white double flowers are reminiscent of pom poms, with daisy-like narrow petals neatly arranged around yellow stamens. It grows 8 to10 ft high, bearing large sprays of the small to medium sized flowers. The stems are easy to train over an arch or across a wall, fence or trellis. (David Austin 1996, Auspom). Note: in the foreground is the white-flowered English Rose 'Susan Williams-Ellis'.
This whimsical paper arrangement will last all season long and its vibrant blooms are easily repurposed for future projects. Follow these simple instructions to make paper tulips, peonies and daisies. To craft DIY shamrocks, cut four heart-shaped petals from crepe paper, then bind the bottom 1/4 of the petals to a wire stem using floral tape. Gently pull petals apart until desired look is achieved. To make DIY trailing vines, cut petal shapes from crepe paper, then stretch and crimp petals for an organic look. Use floral tape to attach petals down the length of a piece of bind wire and shape the wire as desired. Get materials and more instructions on the next slide.
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.
The Serenbe community features an 8-acre organic farm (staffed by a comely group of earthy millennial farmers) and the local restaurants highlight the fruits of that labor. The homespun, casual Blue-Eyed Daisy does a great job in a relatively small space with delicious seasonal Southern fare. Stop by for a coffee, breakfast or lunch, or the Taco Nights and Meat & 3 dinners scheduled each week that draw local residents. A bit more upscale, The Hill is a white-tablecloth variation on that farm-to-table theme sourcing proteins and produce locally and serving lunch and dinner in a farmhouse chic, unpretentious setting. But you don't have to eat at one of those spots (though you absolutely should); there is also produce galore from April through November at the Serenbe Farmers and Artisan Market where you can watch a chef demo or listen to live music or just pick up some artisanal goodie as a souvenir of your trip to the gorgeous Georgia countryside.
A pastoral, new urbanist deveiopment described as a "wellness community," where sustainability is a focus, Serenbe is about 40 minutes from Atlanta but a world apart in attitude. An array of beautifully built single-family homes make Serenbe a home for many, but it's also a great rustic tourism destination with an onsite Inn at Serenbe and plenty of farm, nature and cultural activities to keep visitors busy. The 40,000-acre bucolic planned community is home to farm-to-table restaurants like The Hil, The Farmhouse at Serenbe and The Blue-Eyed Daisy as well as a growing roster of smaller spots and cute retail offerings. The arts are a big part of the community, so see if your visit coincides with special Art Over Dinner al fresco meals with local creatives and check out the Serenbe Playhouse's schedule. This vanguard theater group has garnered national recognition for staging immersive theatrical experiences and fun, creative spins on the classics that often use the woodsy surroundings and outbuildings of Serenbe as stage sets.