Unlike hybrids, which typically have to be started anew every year from cross-pollinated “parent” plants, heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated meaning they come true to type every year, so they can be kept going from saved seed for many years. Gardeners who grow and share these plants help preserve important diversity in a somewhat bland, streamlined world of modern agriculture.
Prop up container plants on unexpected items, such as an old three-legged stool, to add height to a tabletop display. Although these plants are in the covered indoor space, the floral display could be moved to the balcony as well.
A light, neutral patio tone is perfect for this airy backyard balcony design. A glass wall lining the edge keeps with the open look. Plants border the perimeter adding natural color and texture. Lounge chairs facing the pool and fountain offer cozy seating.
Moonflower vine is the after-dark cousin to morning glory. This annual vine opens stunning 6-inch-wide white blooms—loaded with fragrance—starting at dusk. On a warm summer’s evening, it’s pure joy to sit on a patio and watch the moonflowers twirl open. Plant moonflower on a trellis with morning glory for a spectacular sunrise to sunset show. Like morning glories, each moonflower blossom lasts a single day (night). This annual vine grows to 20 feet, twining its way around supports. Soak seeds overnight or nick them prior to planting. Why we love it: The sweet fragrance is tough to beat, and the moths that pollinate the flowers are a delight to watch.