Alabamians are leaving the laid back, warm southern state to travel to the fast-paced and much colder state of New York. New York is home to a variety of national parks that travelers can visit while in town.
For late season color, it’s tough to be New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis). This native plant hails from the Eastern part of the country; choose Western ironweed for gardens in the Great Plains and West. Purple flowers start opening in late summer and linger into fall, providing a late season nectar source for butterflies and other pollinating insects. Watch for migrating hummingbirds to visit this bloomer. Goldfinches and sparrows feast on the seed. Use ironweed in the back of the border or wildlife garden. Grows 4 to 7 feet tall by 2 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Urban living feels ultra-glamorous in this five-story townhouse located on New York City's posh Upper East Side. The home comes with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and fun perks like a charming garden patio and a roof deck.
Mikel Welch is a bonafide design celebrity. A Season 7 contestant on HGTV’s Design Star, Mikel went on to share his gift for transforming spaces on The Steve Harvey Show and The Real Housewives of Atlanta before joining the cast of Trading Spaces earlier this year. Mikel has used all of that talent and experience to turn a 650-square-foot apartment in New York City into his own Hamptons-inspired getaway.
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
Rayman Boozer is the founder and principal designer of
Apartment 48 Interior Design, a Manhattan-based firm with a varied client list and a deep portfolio of impressive spaces to its credit. With clients ranging from major companies to individual residences, the firm provides Rayman ample opportunity to be creative with interiors. But as a tour of his gorgeous home reveals, he may be keeping some of his most exciting ideas to himself.