Set the tone for outdoor entertaining by using a mixture of fieldstone in different palettes. This home's round fire pit is part of an exquisite outdoor entertaining area with wicker seating from Summer Classics and cozy deep cushions that still has a rustic essence.
Don’t be afraid of adding other countries to your country kitchen. A Middle-Eastern-style chandelier fits perfectly in this American kitchen with a classic country table and fabric-covered chairs. Seasonal centerpieces highlight nature; imagine how glorious sunflowers would look here in the summer!
The fire pit outside the DEQ Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is where the fabulous meet and enjoy the bar's signature summer cocktail, the Classic Mojito. As the weather gets cooler it's the perfect spot for a hot toddy or two.
Built in 1920 as a summer cottage-by-the-sea, this classic, north Laguna cottage long outlived its original owners. Now, refreshed and restored, the home echoes all the soul of the early 20th century, but still gives its surf-focused family the essence of 21st century modern living.
‘Sweet Summer Love’ clematis is the hot weather cousin to sweet autumn clematis, a classic fall bloomer that opens sweetly scented flowers. ‘Sweet Summer Love’ clematis unfurls flowers all summer long—from July through September—that exude a sweet fragrance. On hot humid days, the scent hangs deliciously in the air. Blossoms start a cranberry hue and shift to purple as they age. Best of all, ‘Sweet Summer Love’ won’t invade your garden with unwanted seedlings (like its cousin, sweet autumn clematis). Plants benefit from a hard pruning (cut stems to 6 inches tall) in late winter. Vines grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide—a great choice for an entry arch or trellis. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Welcome fall with the beautiful blooms of an autumn classic: New England aster. This beauty offers blooms in a host of hues, including brilliant purple, pale lavender, pink and ruby. Asters beckon butterflies and bees with their blooms, providing an important food supply to pollinators from late summer into fall. Asters have a tendency to flop. Plan to prune in early summer or stake in autumn. ‘Purple Dome’ plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
This is a classic clematis that’s easy to grow and beautiful. ‘Jackmannii’ unfurls purple flowers with yellow center stamens. Each blossom measures 5 to 6 inches across. Flowers appear from early summer until fall frost. Vines grow 8 to 12 feet tall and belong to Pruning Group 3. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Some classic summer annuals can hold their own well into fall, even standing up to early light frosts. Orange tones steal the spotlight in this autumn theme hanging basket, featuring grass-like Toffee Twist carex, Flirtation Orange diascia, Diamond Frost euphorbia and Superbena Royale Peachy Keen verbena. These annuals withstand varying degrees of frost. In mild winter regions, they’ll deliver color through early December.
Astilbe is a classic shade garden performer, strutting its feathery blooms in part to full shade. ‘Fanal’ unfurls its flowers in early summer, making it one of the earliest reds in the astilbe group. Deep green leaves emerge red in spring. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 20 inches tall by 18 to 20 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
A classic Southern favorite, fringe flower takes on a new size with this dwarf version that grows 1 to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Flowers appear in mid-spring and sporadically through summer. Blooms beckon pollinators. Use it in containers, tucked into perennial borders or as a mass planting. Hardy in Zones 7-9. Botanical name: Loropetalum chinense ‘Hakuou’
Several varieties of blue fescue (Festuca glauca) are available on the market. ‘Elijah Blue’ is a classic form, offering powdery blue leaves that bring color to the landscape year-round. Wheat-like seedheads appear in early summer. This grass thrives in dry conditions and is an outstanding choice for rock gardens, troughs or containers. Drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, ‘Elijah Blue’ thrives in coastal conditions, too. Plants grow 8 to 10 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
A classic bloomer for early summer bouquets, bearded iris offers a rainbow of flower hues, from purple-black, to sunny yellow, to old-fashioned lavender. Bearded iris are undemanding in the garden. Tuck them into a spot with full sun to part shade, and call it done. Look for dwarf, knee-high or tall varieties. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 38 inches tall by 12 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-10. Good vase companions for bearded iris: baptisia, peony, lady’s mantle, gas plant and lavender.