Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring, summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall foliage warms up your decor on chilly autumn days and holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter.
“When pairing wedding florals with lighting, make sure to consider how your linens play into the overall look," says Jennifer Taylor, of Taylor'd Events Group. "Linens can add a level of texture to the table and there is a wealth of choices above and beyond the floor length white cover. Explore your options and have fun with it!” Roses, hydrangeas and orchids by Flora Nova Design.
Trouble-free and beautiful, Japanese toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta) opens exquisite orchid-like blooms in late summer through early fall. Flowers measure 1 inch across and feature a white or lavender background with deep purple dots. On mature plants, stems are literally covered with blossoms. Toad lily spreads easily to form a colony. Site it in a shady spot (part to full shade) with moist soil. Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
If impatiens are your go-to favorite for shade gardens, check out double impatiens like the Rockapulco series, including Appleblossom (above). Double impatiens unfurl rose-like blooms that blanket plants all summer long. There’s no need to remove spent flowers, and plants never need trimming, unless you want to do so to maintain a certain size. Plants flower best in full to part shade. Look for Rockapulco varieties with blossoms in shades of orange, orchid, purple, red and white. Plants grow 10 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide.
Problem: Yellowing veins, especially on young, new leaves, or yellow leaves in general. Solution: Yellowing veins may mean your plant needs more iron or magnesium. Give it a trace element fertilizer. If you’re not sure which one to use, take a few sample leaves to your local garden center or nursery and ask for help. Leaves that are turning yellow all over can mean the plant needs fertilizer. Use one formulated for whatever you're growing, such as an orchid or a foliage plant like this Diffenbachia. Follow label directions.
Many clematis breeders call ‘Kilian Donahue’ one of the best bicolor types. Flowers unfurl to reveal ruby red centers that fade to fuchsia at each petal tip. Petal edges are a pretty orchid. As flowers age, they shift to lavender with a pink stripe. Because blossoms change as they fade, when you grow ‘Kilian Donahue,’ it’s like having two different clematis vines growing together. Vines flower strongly all summer long. For best flowering, remove top growth by one-third in early spring. Vines grow 9 to 10 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4 to 10.
This is one of my favorite master bedrooms of all time. It immediately reads as a luxury destination. This was the last space we designed in our original scope of work and I wanted everything we chose to have as much tactile appeal as it did visually. Wherever you land, you’ll sink down into lush velvets, silks, furs or mohair. The color palette is small but soothing, varying from dark chocolates to taupes with dashes of white to keep it crisp and reflect light. We used a faux silk wallcovering in the bedroom’s entry and on the bed wall, but conserved by using a perfect color-matched paint on the walls adjacent. I know it may seem a little indulgent but whenever you can, try adding fresh flowers or an orchid in your bedroom: instant hotel suite status!