Fill your home with the sweet scent of orange blossoms year round by growing orange jasmine (Murraya paniculata). This bloomer opens its white waxy flowers throughout the year. Bright light coaxes best flowering. Place plants near a sunny southern window.
Citrusy-smelling orange mint tea is best when served cold. Brighten its flavor by adding fresh orange and/or lemon juice, and garnishes of sliced oranges and lemons. It’s a refreshing beverage for warm summer days.
This stately bedroom belongs to a 12-year-old boy, but has enough elegant style to please anyone. Orange, gray and black create a masculine, outdoorsy feel; and the desk and built-in window seat are comfortable, cozy spots to get in some homework or daydreaming time.
Orange, orange everywhere and not a bit of beige in sight in this home office. Five desks have been painted orange, sawed in half and mounted to a wall in the same shade of orange. They serve as work space and shelves, and they maximize a small space.
Attic spaces can give you an opportunity to uniquely arrange rooms and to try out paint colors that may not work in other parts of the house. The orange walls and ceiling in this attic cause the space to appear larger than it really is.
The orange Bertazzoni range is certainly the focal point of this kitchen, balanced by the warmth of the walnut end grain island countertop and honed marble countertops. A mix of transitional and modern elements, pendant lights bring a slightly industrial but ethereal feel to the room.
Kodiak Orange diervilla is a shrub for the ages. This native plant delivers bright leaf color all season long, drought tolerance, deer resistance and non-stop blooms. It’s also versatile, growing in sun or shade, including the tough environs of dry shade. Diervilla is undemanding—no pruning is needed to keep it in bounds. Leaves emerge orange and hold color through summer. Yellow flowers appear all summer long. Fall winds up the show with blazing orange-red leaves. Plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7. Good to know: Diervilla isn’t picky about soil, thriving in moist or dry locations. It’s a good choice for erosion control on slopes.
All-weather umbrellas and soft cushions offer a chance to lounge in the shade or bask in the sun. And the portable speaker dock keeps the tunes going. You can even let guests attach their own MP3 player or smartphone for a chance to DJ.
The fact is, pumpkin leaves are edible—but just the youngest ones. Once they mature, they’re rather like sandpaper. A pumpkin also offers other tasty bits, including the flesh, which can be pureed and made into pumpkin pie, cookies and other goodies. Pumpkin seeds, also known as peptitas, serve a yummy bite, too. Like pumpkins, many veggies offer flavorful nutrition in parts not traditionally eaten. Learn about the veggie parts you should be harvesting—but probably aren’t.