With succulent containers, you’re going for foliage, not flowers, so zero in on the leaves and mix a variety of shapes, textures and colors. This container recipe mixes and matches hens-and-chicks and sedum varieties hardy to 20 degrees below zero, so it can survive outside on your patio in deepest winter, under a blanket of snow. RECIPE: ‘Cebenese’ Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Cebenese’, Zones 5-8); ‘Black Pearl’ Sedum (Sedum album ‘Black Pearl’, Zones 5-8); ‘Old Copper’ Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum ‘Old Copper’, Zones 5-8); ‘Oktoberfest’ Sedum (Sempervivum ‘Oktoberfest’, Zones 5-8); Job’s Beard (Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Irene’, Zones 4-8); ‘Ruby Mantle’ Stonecrop (Phedimus spurius ‘Ruby Mantle’, Zones 4-8)
A modern glass chandelier hangs above the expansive, marble kitchen island in this all-white, traditional kitchen. Blue cushioned bar chairs give the space a warm pop of color and the subway tile backsplash provides texture beneath spacious cabinets.
This airy, white dining space features an open plan layout with living room nearby. Traditional armchairs circle the lengthy wooden dining table with a globe pendant light, while the white shiplap walls lead from the dining area to the neutral living room.
A large marble island and five cushioned blue chairs centers this traditional kitchen with white cabinets and hardwood flooring. Natural light pours in from the above-sink windows, paired with an ornate glass and metal chandelier that hangs above the expansive kitchen island.
This bright, white dining room with shiplap walls positions the table with a perfect view of the patio and lake. The table easily seats six guests in cushioned chairs with a statement piece overhead, a globed pendant light with brass accents.
Sprinter boxwood (Buxus microphylla) is a fast-growing shrub with excellent hardiness. For years, ‘Winter Gem’ boxwood has set the standard for boxwood hardiness, and Sprinter is an improved version of that. Choose Sprinter boxwood for your hedge, and plants will fill in quickly. This boxwood grows 2 to 4 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Northern gardeners revel in the hardy redbud known as ‘Minnesota’ or ‘Northern Strain.’ Hardy to Zone 4, it was developed at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Like other redbuds, this cold weather favorite doesn’t attract Japanese beetles.