A white bedspread is decorated with palm leaf accent throw pillows and twisted rope bed posts. Matching modern bed side tables display textured, plant-like lamp stands. Neutral wallpaper featuring a light plant design adds a subtle accent perfect for the room's theme.
Tillandsias are known as air plants because they don’t grow in soil. This silvery beauty is often called “King of the Air Plants” because it can grow to over 3 feet across. The leaves curl, taper and twist to form a living sculpture. Mist or soak the plant up to twice a week to keep it healthy.
Lush plantings along the perimeter frame water views, creating a lovely spot for dining alfresco on this rooftop patio. The tall, twisting stems are the aerial roots of liana trees, native to northern Thailand. Other plant varieties include agave attenuata, echeveria, aeonium and fuchsia, each carefully chosen to thrive in the unusual setting and enhance the space's striking design.
Carex is famous for its love of moist soil, and Toffee Twist is no exception. Coppery leaves give this perennial a striking look that improves any planting—in pots or beds. Toffee Twist carex resembles an ornamental grass and grows best in full to part sun. One important distinction with carex is that it behaves like a cool-season grass, growing actively in the cool seasons—spring and fall. These are the best times of year to divide or transplant this bronze beauty. Plants grow 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 7-10.
This outdoor shower gives new meaning to the words "green design," with low-maintenance tropical foliage built right in. The sleek vertical shower column is surrounded by Tillandsia, or "air plants." These twisting tropical blooms grow without soil and need little moisture to thrive, making them an ideal choice to bring life and color to this outdoor space.
This living room from designer Amy Bubier brings warmth and a modern twist to a Southwestern-style home with a shag rug, rich warm colors and desert plants. A neutral tan paint color is a good backdrop for burnt orange accent furniture and pillows. Every room needs a little sparkle so the orange silk throw pillows have tiny mirrors sewn on to reflect light.
For the longest time, seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) has been a plant grown by garden geeks, but it’s now entering the common marketplace. It’s about time. This stunning small tree offers strong four-season interest. Leaves are beautiful as they emerge in spring and develop a twisting appearance in summer. White flowers appear in late summer, beckoning hummingbirds. Blossoms fade to reveal deep rose bracts that linger on the plant well into autumn. Winter showcases peeling, tan bark on the multiple trunks. This is a great choice for a specimen front yard tree or an addition to a planting bed. Size: 6-10 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
In an interesting twist to heirloom plants, “friendship bread” is made from fresh sour dough yeast kept alive and shared between cooks. This image was taken at the National Heirloom Exposition held every September in Santa Rosa, California, but could have been taken in kitchen anywhere in the world. Sources and recipes for “starter” yeast can be found through an online search.