‘Cobalt Dreams’ delphinium is a classic English hybrid type of delphinium bred by Dowdeswell’s Delphiniums in New Zealand. The plant opens tall flower spikes packed with deep blue florets. The white center is known in delphinium talk as a “bee.” Cobalt Dreams grows 4 to 6 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 3-7.
Trees that you plant in fall need consistent watering as they enter their first winter. If winter brings frozen soil without snow, give your tree a drink during any times of above-freezing temperatures. One hose-less way to ferry water to a tree is with a water bag in a cart.
When Maritza Capiro, Founder and Principal Designer of Maritza Capiro Designs Corp, creates sanctuary-like space for clients, she starts from the beginning, focusing on materials, natural light and scale. “Many studies have shown that human beings benefit greatly from exposure to natural light,” Maritza tells HGTV.com. “I always include natural elements in my designs like fresh flowers and plants. I also use natural materials in fabrics, furnishings and fixtures.”
Snow peas form flat pods with a small seed inside that’s visible through the pod (you can see a small bump). With snow peas, you eat the entire pod, raw or cooked. On some snow pea varieties, the pods have a tough string along the edge that you need to remove before eating. If you want pods that you don’t have to de-string, look for the word “stringless” in the plant description. With snow peas, the trick to the most tender bite is to pick pods when they’re flat and young. This variety is ‘Oregon Sugar Pod II,’ which boasts a long harvest season from disease-resistant plants.
Green up your party guests' thumbs with these take-home surprises that truly are the gift that keeps giving. Following the included instructions, your guests can plant the tubers, root starts or seeds in their yard for an abundance of beautiful blooms.
The exterior façade of HGTV Smart Home 2013 pays homage to classic shingle architectural style with a wide front porch and fiber cement siding designed to mimic the look of cedar or cypress shakes. Planted between the picket fence and the front porch to draw attention, needle palm will grow to a height of 4-1/2 feet and provide needed massing in the landscape.
Deep blue blooms cover Blue Balloon Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Korball’) from early summer through fall. Flowers beckon all kinds of pollinators, making Blue Balloon a great addition to a wildlife garden. Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants grow to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Large stones give a beautifully natural quality to this bright yard area. Stone steps and a small walkway create a path from the grass to the driveway for a fluid transition toward the home. The healthy green plant life looks extra vivid against the coarse, natural gray and brown tones of the rock.
Even on a tiny terrace, designer Elizabeth S. Vaughan takes care to add luxurious amenities. “When we finish setting up a terrace, we love to drape a towel and provide a pillow on the cushioned chaise lounges for comfort. Small tables provide a convenient place for drinks or books,” she says. And, don’t forget to add a bright spot: “Colorful plants in boxes are a must to bring in a pop of color,” she says.
Terrariums can make a striking statement in modern decor. These gazebo-, cube- and teardrop-shaped terrariums are made of faceted glass and copper-hued metal. Inside a terrarium, there's the fun opportunity to bring in plants, found objects, pebbles, sea glass and other interesting details. These terrariums are sold by Gardener's Supply Co.
A mature money tree makes a beautiful houseplant. The five-lobed leaves have an attractive green sheen. This plant thrives on moisture and can be forgiving of overwatering, although it should never sit in water for extended periods of time. Ideally, you should let the soil dry out before you water it.
It’s tough to beat the floral perfume of lilacs. These flowering shrubs open blooms from late spring to early summer, depending on variety. The blossoms offer traditional colors, like purple, lavender and white, and you can also find lilacs with pink, yellow and even bicolor blooms. A few lilacs actually lack fragrance, so it’s important to do your homework before buying a plant. Some of the most fragrant varieties include wine-red ‘Congo’ (Zones 4-7), pink ‘Maiden’s Blush’ (Zones 2-7), light blue ‘President Grevy' (Zones 3-7) and white ‘Beauty of Moscow’ (Zones 3-7). Plants grow from shrub to small tree size, reaching from 3 to 15 feet tall. Hardiness depends on variety, from Zones 2-9.
The bedroom isn’t Breegan’s only oasis in her home. In the master bathroom marble walls, metallic accents and Moroccan lighting work here to provide an impressive backdrop for the equally impressive soaking tub. Assisted by a soothing color palette of white and deep wood-tones, and small touches like the colorful rug and leafy green plant in the cutout shelving, this bathroom is designed to feel like you’re being transported to another world.
Stems of many tropical or potted plants such as angel trumpet (Brugmansia) and Coleus are easy to root in buckets of filled with four or five inches of water. Roots often form within two or three weeks. This works also for some landscape shrubs including fragrant Gardenia and variegated Acuba.
In this eclectic living room, white and brown-patterned chairs complement the white fireplace, on which is displayed a glass vase of red flowering plants and a framed piece of art. Throw pillows in colorful patterns bring pops of color throughout, while the unique sunburst mirror, modern chandelier, and bright picture window give the space a light, airy feel.
A sport court provides the perfect spot for at-home athletic play. The sunken court creates privacy and a natural fit for stadium seating featuring durable artificial turf. Painting the court the colors of the family's favorite team (Minnesota Gophers) brightens the scene. A storage shed offers a convenient stash for sport equipment. The shed has a green roof, which is tilted at an angle so plantings are easy to see.
Critters, including rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and even birds, can destroy young seedlings, making you have to plant seeds multiple times.
Easy Solution: Outsmart critters by covering seedlings with chicken wire anchored to soil using landscape staples. Bird netting may help, but greedy rabbits will hop onto it if they crave the seedling badly enough.
Located in the historic “Professorville” district of Palo Alto, Calif., this brick bungalow sits on a lot of less than ¼-acres. Subsequently, the Zeterre Landscape Architecture team needed to carve out a garden retreat that complemented the home, preserved its native plants and exuded the Japanese style the owners so desired.