Look to herbs like sage to give mosquitoes the brush-off. Use sage fresh by crushing leaves and rubbing on your skin or clothing. Or tie a bundle of sage stems (fresh or dried) and toss them into your firepit or chiminea to create a cloud of mosquito-repelling smoke. No firepit? Light one end of a sage bunch and let it smolder on a fire-resistant tray. Other herbs that work the same way to repel skeeters include rosemary and thyme.
Grow pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) as an annual shrub in all but warmest zones. It flowers late in the season, but the red blossoms are worth the wait. They beckon hummingbirds heading south for the winter and also carry a lovely pineapple flavor. Leaves are flavorful, too, with tender young leaves packing the best aroma and taste. Use pineapple sage in water, lemonade, punch or tea.
Cranberry is popular for Christmas and Thanksgiving, but it can also be used year round. If you want to incorporate red and green into your holiday decor, pair cranberry (red with pink undertones) with earthy greens, like sage or celery, for an updated take on the classic color combo.
The color show on Russian sage kicks off in midsummer when lavender-purple flowers open. After blossoms fade, a purple bract that holds each bloom remains well into October, giving this plant an apparent flower season that’s months long. ‘Rocketman’ (Perovskia atriplicifolia) has strong, silvery stems that don’t need staking. Russian sage is a drought-tolerant plant that grows best in full sun. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
A soft palette of sage green, sand and silver sets a soothing tone in the master bathroom of HGTV Dream Home 2010. An 8-foot-wide maple island in a sage finish comes complete with cabinetry from Wellborn's Estate Custom Collection.
This custom-designed pro-style kitchen features a custom-designed stone island, deck-mounted pot filler and one of a kind hood mixed with state-of-the-art appliances. The sage green kitchen island and range hood tie in with the green accents in this transitional kitchen.
Drought tolerant and low maintenance, Russian sage is a no-fuss perennial that brings on the color all season long. ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ tames the tall and floppy growth of traditional Russian sage with a compact 28- to 32-inch height. Plants resemble lavender when in full color. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Denim ‘n Lace’
While wooden and metal chairs are the easiest to clean, they’re not the most comfortable. An excellent alternative to wood and metal is an upholstered Louis XVI chair. Known for its fluted legs, square back and timeless style, this French piece works in modern and traditional settings. Linen and cotton upholstery options are great for spaces with active kids; however, leather and vinyl styles are the most kid-proof and easy to clean.