‘Sorbonne’ Oriental lily unfurls large blooms that exude a rich perfume. Petals are a pure deep pink with a white edge. Oriental lily grows from a bulb that can be planted in fall or spring. Top-heavy stems grow to 3 feet and benefit from staking. Use care not to pierce the bulb when you insert stakes. Adding them at planting time helps avoid bulb damage. Flowers appear in midsummer and can scent an entire yard on a sultry summer evening. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
Inside a true bulb is a central shoot that contains layers of leaves and immature flowers. With bulbs planted in your garden, this central shoot forms after flowers fade. This is why it’s important to let leaves of bulbs like tulips and daffodils remain and stay green until they naturally die back. As long as leaves are green, they’re helping to store food that helps form the shoot for next year’s show. Most true bulbs have a protective papery skin (think onion, daffodil, tulip). An exception to this rule are the lilies, including Asiatic and Oriental types.
Toucan Scarlet canna is a smaller version of the classic canna, growing 3 to 4 feet tall. It’s a perfect size canna for container gardens. Here it’s planted with Vermillionaire firecracker plant (orange flowers) and purple annual salvia.
This beautiful bloomer opens delicate bell shape flowers with a nostalgic perfume. Typically you’ll only get one flowering from pips (the underground plant parts these plants arise from), but it will scent your entire apartment with a happy aroma. After flowering, grow the leaves for a spot of greenery, then transplant them into a park or friend’s garden for flowers in years to come. Botanical name: Convallaria majalis
The center of the laundry room includes an under-mount stainless steel sink used for rinsing clothes before tossing them into the wash. While under-mount sinks add a clean, seamless look to countertops, they also require a great deal of skill to install. In order for an under-mount sink to be properly installed, it’s positioned into place from below, then secured to the bottom of the countertop with silicone.
In one corner of the kitchen is this inviting table, farmhouse friendly and just right for breakfast or an afternoon cup of tea. Behind it, a mini fridge is conveniently placed for chilling drinks and wine.
Plant this shrub in masses for sweeps of winter color. The buds start out a dark, purplish-pink and open to bell-shaped flowers. ‘Impish Elf'® Lily of the Valley (Pieris japonica) can be used as a container, foundation or border plant. It's hardy in USDA zones 6 to 8.
This Christmas display features red hydrangeas and stargazer lilies in a blown glass tortoise vase atop a demi-lune commode hand-painted with a harlequin pattern, gold menorah votives and a bell with a filigree handle.
This east-facing morning room makes a stylish impression with its imaginative mix of blacks and whites. As a nod to the owners’ love for travel and storytelling, an Ingo Maurer fixture features 40 phrases in multiple languages scribbled upon squares of Japanese rice paper.
A stone fence meanders around a series of garden rooms in a Lake Forest, Ill., property, which is owned by a professional gardener and was featured on a tour by The Garden Conservancy. The garden has more than 60 varieties of woody plants alone and includes a formal lily pond and a shade garden, woodland garden, rain garden, working garden, vegetable garden and rose garden.