Cool Wave Spreading pansies strut their stuff beautifully in hanging baskets, where stems cascade 18 to 24 inches. Water is one secret to success with fall-planted pansies. Water well at planting time, and be sure to water plants thoroughly before cold snaps. If cold is strong enough to freeze soil around pansy rootballs, roots cannot absorb water until soil thaws.
One door leads to a storage area for cushions and other outdoor items and the other to a convenient bathroom for changing into a swimsuit and to keep swimmers from tracking water into the main house. On the other side of the space is a built-in bar that Rollins uses as a self-service bar for parties, bringing coolers outside for drinks.
Water plants effectively and efficiently by testing different irrigation methods and learning how well your soil holds water. Don’t judge when to water based on wilting leaves. Some plants naturally wilt under the midday sun, and plants also wilt when soil is too wet. Before watering, shove your finger into soil as far as you can and pull it out. If it comes out dry and clean or you can’t even shove it into soil, you need to water. If soil sticks to your finger or feels moist, don’t water. When watering, deliver water directly to soil to reduce the amount lost to evaporation. Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, micro-irrigation and bubblers all deliver water directly to soil. If using a traditional sprinkler, make sure it’s not watering surrounding grass, sidewalk or driveway.
Though small in scale, this water fountain makes a big difference by offering ambient sound that the owners can enjoy inside and out. Thanks to its metallic design, the piece pairs well with the gray rock wall.
Japanese beetles invade gardens and planting beds in early summer, feasting on choice crops like roses, marigolds, raspberries and a host of other plants.
Easy Solution: When you spy Japanese beetles, create a soapy solution (dish soap works well) in a container. Hold the container beneath the beetles and gently knock them into the suds. They’ll quickly drown.
Shimmering textiles and reflective furnishings bring a glam vibe to this waterfront master bedroom, which features a fireplace as well as a cozy sitting area that takes advantage of the broad windows. A soft color palette gives the space a restful feel.
This transitional guest room features a soothing palette of grays and blues, as well as sweeping views of the water from a window-filled corner. Two beds offer ample space to house company. A freestanding wardrobe, meanwhile, creates additional storage space.
Low water plants such as agave and cacti work well for this Las Vegas home's landscape. An outer mesh screen on the upper level and covered courtyard below encourage the homeowners to enjoy the outdoors, even in the heat.
This midcentury modern ranch home features attractive hardscaping of gravel and stone slabs, as well as a grouping of cactus plants in the front. A narrow water creates the impression of a creek running in front of the home. The covered entry features a red French door and is lit by a Sputnik chandelier.
The main focus of the design was the infinity pool. It was positioned so the infinity edge faces the largest view of the lake. The designer created a large, lounging patio for big parties as well as a lower patio for drinks and cigars. The unique water feature with plants breaks up and softens the extensive hardscaping.
An open, neutral stone courtyard creates an enchanting entrance to this Italian style home. A wood front door with grated window top is framed with a thick stone border, lantern lights and potted shrubs. A garden border and stone water well finish the villa inspired design.