Hedge maple is a versatile tree. Use it alone as a pretty shade tree, or arrange plants side by side to form a hedge. First Editions Jade Patina hedge maple (Acer campestre ‘Baillee’) has an unusual leaf form that’s eye-catching. Jade Patina withstands pruning well and tolerates dry soils and salt, which makes it a good choice for planting beside roads or driveways. Fall color is a yellow shade. Trees grow 20 to 35 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-7.
Several very unusual succulents, often called “leaf of life” or “mother of thousands,” (Bryophullum, Kalanchoe, and others) can sprout small, fully formed plants, roots and all along the edges or tips of leaves, making them super easy to share. Some can be quite weedy in nearby pots. Jade plant (Crassula) and ghost plant (Graptopetalum) grow easily from leaves that fall from plants before sprouting new plants.
“Cake stands are a fun way to add height and layering,” says interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga. She then tied the red in the cake stand to the bottom level with Asian foo dog statues. For texture, use plants and glassware, like these vintage hobnob glasses. Don’t forget the greenery, either, with houseplants and low-maintenance plants, like the bird’s nest fern on the bottom level and a glass cloche terrarium with a succulent.