Quirky but elegant, ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) blends effortlessly into any style décor, from contemporary to country. It’s a slow grower, but logs quickest progress when placed in bright light (although it tolerates low light just fine). Water only occasionally, because the bulbous base acts like a water reservoir.
When putting houseplants outdoors for summer, try combining ones with similar growing needs into larger pots to create a garden display. These container gardens feature a pot of gold-leafed bromeliads, a duet of bromeliads and silver palm, and Xanadu philodendron skirted with silver satin pothos.
Problem: Bumps on plant leaves and stems. Solution: Scale, insects with hard shells, often infest houseplants; a sooty, black mold can signal their presence. Try scraping them off with your fingernail or the edge of a butter knife. If your plant is badly infested, or the problem persists, try “spot-treating” by touching the scale with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t work, step up to a product labeled for scale.
In Palm Springs, Calif., this outdoor living space is a retreat where the homeowners can enjoy the beautiful views. Hanging chairs are a comfortable spot, while a small hot tub is a perfect spot to relax.
A well-manicured lawn allows for unobstructed views of a sitting area in the distance. At the same time, a variety of palm trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses ensure that the garden is rich with vegetation and visual interest.
Like something out of the fairy tale Aladdin, an amazing atrium extends off the back of the home, enclosed in glass with a ceiling that reaches up 22 feet. There's a wading pool with an ornate mosaic tile bottom, carved columns, a hot tub and palm trees.