New England aster (Aster novae-angliae) is a beloved native plant that’s an all-time fall favorite. ‘Purple Dome’ unfurls 1.5-inch blooms in shades of deep purple, but you can find asters in a host of other colors, too. Look for asters with blossoms in neon or pastel pink, white, lavender and violet. Flowers beckon late-season pollinators, including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Take a cue from the lighting in this coastal kitchen, which combines sleek style with weathered ceiling beams reminiscent of driftwood from the sea. The glass-domed shade on these pendants strikes a fine balance between those modern and rustic elements in this home in Florida’s Alys Beach community. You’ll find similar pendants priced between $125-$200 at lighting and home decor retailers.
A large standing umbrella shades cream colored wood sofas for a comfortable, shady lounge area overlooking the dazzling ocean view. A built in bench frames the fire pit and creates more seating options. Vibrant plant life adds color and decoration to the space.