If you love hummingbirds, include cardinal flower (Lobelia speciosa) in your yard. The brilliant red blossoms on this perennial are a magnet for hummers. Plants branch well and produce flowers on strong upright spikes from midsummer into early fall. Site this native in full sun to part shade. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 20 to 24 inches tall by 12 to 14 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 6-10. If you prefer pink flowers, look for ‘Starship Rose’ cardinal flower.
For this arrangement you'll need crepe paper in green, white and gray (I used crepe paper streamers), green floral stem wire, green floral tape, paper bind wire, plastic gold coins, moss and a block of dry floral foam. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions on the previous slide to make your own paper flowers. Place dry floral foam in a vase and arrange paper florals into a full, asymetrical bouquet, trailing vines above and below for a whimsical look. Add St. Patrick's Day flair by hot-gluing plastic gold coins to floral stem wire and distributing throughout the arrangement. Finish the bouquet with natural moss and curly willow branches.
This modern dining alcove features a round glass dining table paired with zebra print upholstered chairs. Multiple vases with tall pink flowering branches and two wall hangings add an artistic vibe to the space.
Look around your yard for free foliage and flowers to create a last-minute table centerpiece. Monica Stewart, owner of The Misfit House, a decorating business in Athens, Ga., snipped crepe myrtle branches in seconds and arranged them to add height and greenery.
Fill vases with a shiny finish, such as mercury glass, with iced branches and flowers to give your holiday centerpiece a sophisticated winter refresh. Add a few snowflake votives (these are Allen + Roth brand from Lowe’s) to transition into your new year look. Then while packing up ornaments, keep out shapes such as pinecones or finials, that can finish off the transformation.
Fresh flowers can be a real budget buster, so if you're looking for ideas to cut back in a big way, consider putting together non-floral centerpieces. Depending on your wedding theme or style you could consider anything from vintage books and candles, spray-painted branches, greenery, potted plants, fruit or picture frames.
Light, light and more light! The designer's talent shows through here in ability to make a space that's both formal and relaxed — with aid from those amazing floor-to-ceiling windows. Soothing tones of blue and cream and a flowering branch placed just so echo the great outdoors. A flokati pillow and a zebra print pillow add some modern funk, and simple accessories bring personality without clutter.
The living room of this Point Lorna, California, villa home features interior details which allow accents of the verdant courtyard gardens to carry throughout the house. Here the chartreuse of a floral painting complements the sun-lighted flowering branches framed by a window, while below, a fireplace is lined with firewood, its texture reflected in plush wicker lounge chairs decorated with soft teal pillows that match the greenery peeking inward through a glass door.
Blues take center stage in this classy living room, from the velvety sofas to the patterned pillows and even the coffee table books. Of course, there's no missing the zebra print sofa, which really livens up the soothing space. A flokati rug brings in a splash of whimsy, which is tempered by a clean-lined, contemporary coffee table. Flowering branches bring nature in and provide the crowning design touch to the space.
Why we love it: Bluebeard brings on the late season color with royal blue blossoms. Flowers cover branches so thickly they form a blue haze, which is why it’s also known as blue mist spirea. Flowers in late summer and early fall provide a convenient food source for migrating butterflies. Shrubs grow 2 to 3 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide.
Camellia sinensis is the plant you want for growing traditional tea leaves. Dried mature leaves produce black tea; young leaves yield a less acidic brew known as white tea. Allow plants to reach 3 to 5 feet before picking leaves, which you can do twice a year. Prune plants when they’re young to cause branching, which gives you more stems to harvest. Plants are winter hardy in Zones 8-10. Grow them in pots in other zones. Feed tea plants lightly—only in spring.