This glass container is filled with “unearthed” ivy, which means the dirt has been removed with the roots exposed, says Joyce Mason-Monheim, floral director for Accent Decor. "Ivy and many other plants will last for a lengthy time without soil and survive with just a water source," says Mason-Monheim, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. The ivy is shown with a purple Phalaenopsis orchid bloom for color and detail.
Brown horizontal panels create a sleek focal wall in this gray living room. The electric white fireplace and mantel display a clean, minimalist design and are accessorized with a wall-mounted TV and simple purple orchid.
A tiny powder room uses white walls and a small floating toilet to make the most of the space. A bathroom niche with metallic tile adds a decorative element and houses a pretty purple orchid, bringing life to the room.
A gold freestanding claw foot tub fills the center of this Grecian bathroom. Venetian plastered purple walls and a hand-painted ceiling that depicts Greek gods overlook a large gold mirror with two candle-bearing wall sconces.
Laundry room of the HGTV Dream Home 2014, a vacation getaway located in Truckee, Calif., minutes away from Lake Tahoe. The purple and white striped walls of this laundry room create a calming feeling, while the laundry sink is a great addition making this space more functional.
The large expanse of wall above the sofa in this contemporary urban living room makes the perfect landing place for a pair of paintings. The color palette in the art is picked up in the room with the addition of purple accent pillows, accessories and a chair.
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.