Give your yard a touch of the tropics with exotic passion flower vine. ‘Empress Eugenie’ opens exquisite blooms that release a beautiful fragrance. Blossoms have subtle colors, so it’s best to place this vine where you can view the flowers up close and personal. Vines can reach 20 to 30 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide in warmer regions. Grow it in a container in cold-winter regions, and overwinter in a cool spot where roots won’t freeze. Water sparingly through winter, just enough to keep roots alive. New growth should emerge in spring. Hardy in Zones 7-10. Why we love it: Passionflower is a host plant to several butterflies, including zebra longwings, gulf fritillary and monarchs.
This delightful patio in England designed by Cool Gardens Landscaping Ltd. is the perfect spot for afternoon tea and features a towering garden hedge that serves as an organic art gallery wall complete with an outdoor TV screen and audio system.
Teacup gardens are full of expressive possibilities. Choose larger animals for impact or to spotlight a child's special interest, or smaller versions that make the plants look like trees and foliage towering over the creatures.
Entering this tranquil garden is like stumbling upon another world, as busy streets give way to towering palm trees and flowering bushes. A paver walkway winds gently through the space, and so sets an easy-going tone that will carry throughout the property.
An impressive stone garden wall with circular cut-out provides a backdrop for a comfortable lounge area next to this South Florida home's pool. The circular window provides a view into the garden beyond which is planted with towering bamboo, Queen palms and Mexican Fan Palms. The elevated stone patio is the perfect place for visitors to relax poolside and soak in the sun on three contemporary, mesh lounge chairs.
Part of the charm of Oliver Hospitality's brand of urban renewal is their attention to detail and maintaining historic elements in their revamped properties. The iconic radio tower that for so long capped the Clermont Hotel rests in peace and offers a cheeky accent to the cool bar scene below. The Hotel Clermont's rooftop bar is now one of Atlanta's coolest late night bar scenes. It's also one of Oliver Hospitality Philip Welker's favorite features of the hotel, "We think the whole thing came together so well. It feels like an elevated urban garden oasis where you want to lounge all evening."
The sunny petals of ‘Herbstonne’ rudbeckia hold their own in the summer garden. ‘Herbstonne’ translates as ‘Autumn Sun,’ hinting at the yellow ray petals that emanate from the green centers like rays of sunshine. ‘Herbstonne’ grows a towering 4 to 7 feet tall—perfect for back-of-the-border plantings. Plants grow 2 to 3 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Add color to your garden from midsummer to early fall with the towering blooms of joe pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum). This native plant boasts a low-maintenance personality, resists rabbits, and adapts to heavy clay or boggy soil with ease. Give it a spot in full sun to part shade. It makes a great back- of-the-border plant or rain garden player. Flowers attract pollinators like crazy, including bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. Cut plants back by one-third in early summer to promote branching and more flowers. Plants grow 5 to 7 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
“An outdoor reception doesn't mean you have to let go of elegant elements. We used a mix of bistro lights and candelabras, as well as hurricane lamps and smaller votive candles for this garden dinner. The lighting only became stronger after sunset, creating a truly elegant mix of candle light, bistro lights and the natural light of the moon and stars." - Planner Adam Donovan-Groves, of Donovan-Groves Events. Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles, adds, "Tall, elegant candelabras towering over floral centerpieces create a dynamic feel to a table. Match the candlesticks to the floral vessel for maximum impact!" Florist: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.
Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a native tree known for its towering size (70 to 100 feet) and yellow, tulip-like blooms that open in summer. ‘Little Volunteer’ brings that stately beauty down to a size that fits modern gardens. Leaves offer an unusual shape and shimmer in the wind. Look for gold fall color and cup-like fruits made of seeds. It’s a medium-fast grower, reaching a size of 12 feet tall by 6 feet wide in 4 years (starting with a 3- to 5-foot sapling). The strong pyramidal shape looks elegant in winter, especially when wet snows stick to branches. This is one tree you won’t regret planting. Size: to 20 feet tall by 9 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.