A native maple, Pennsylvania striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum) thrives in hardwood forests as an understory plant, a plant that grows best in the shade of tall trees. In your own yard, tuck striped maple into a spot with light to full shade. As the name hints, the bark on this maple features white stripes. Leaves have a trio of strongly pointed lobes, which give rise to another common name: goosefoot maple. This plant is also known as moosewood, because it’s a favorite food of moose (and deer). Fall color is vibrant yellow. Striped maple is the perfect addition to native planting designs or a wildlife garden. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil on the acidic side. Trees grow 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Outfitting your lawn with a set of simple stripes isn’t that hard, and it’s good for your lawn, too. Light reflecting off of blades of grass bent in different directions create the dark and light patterns. The grass most often is bent down by the pressure applied by rollers attached to the back of a lawn mower. The pros use reel mowers with multiple rollers. You can buy striping kits for your mower, or if you’re handy and want to save some bucks, you can make one yourself with a little bit of PVC.
Peanuts are a crop that demands a long growing season, somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 warm days. There are short season peanuts that reportedly ripen in as little as 90 days, but even so, getting a good crop is tough. Soil needs to drain very well, and soil temp has to hit 65 F before sowing. Air temps should be reliably above 55 F at night, too.
“Designing this bedroom was a mix of bringing hot, bright colors together to make this room really pop," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "We brought in the sisal rug to calm it down. It’s always a process of layering to get things to work.”
With decadent cabaret style, this Victorian bedroom shows off rich red striped walls and mirrored ceiling tiles. The furnishings are layered in sumptuous fabric and crowned by a sparking crystal chandelier.