In this country style kitchen, open shelving is used to display ceramic tableware; vintage country touches are displayed on top of the cabinet, including a sign for butter and eggs, a basket, and an iron watering can. A small desk makes this space functional and stylish.
Depending on where you live, most outdoor spaces aren't complete without a fire. Add a fireplace or fire pit to extend the seasonality of your outdoor room. Fire and water elements can even be combined; think of the beautiful reflection of flames on still water.
The water conscious homeowners of this modern, Southwestern home boasts drought friendly plants that can easily withstand the dry heat of the summer months. Instead of planting grass that will need to be watered, the homeowners have used gravel to protect the plants' roots from the heat.
Watching schooners and yachts sail by is a breeze thanks to this corner overlooking the water. During the day, the owners can sunbathe on the chaise, and at night, they can curl up, catch the sunset and enjoy a glass of wine.
After the holidays, cyclamens need a location with bright, indirect light and cool temperatures. They prefer high humidity, so try grouping them with other plants, or place them in a saucer filled with pebbles and a little water. (Just don't let the roots touch the water, which can cause rotting.) When the flowers finish, the plants will go dormant. Stop watering then and wait until new leaves emerge in fall before you water again. This cyclamen is 'Dixie Pink'.
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.
This water fountain sits next to a garden patio, so the sounds of the water can be heard while relaxing in the sun. A beautiful stone wall and lush green plants surround the fountain, making it pleasant for the eyes, as well.
Getting water to plants is one of the top tasks you’ll tackle. If you grow any container gardens, watering is a daily event in the heat of summer. Invest in a quality hose that’s guaranteed for life, along with some kind of easy-to-use hose storage. Include a hose end watering wand, nozzle with multiple patterns and watering can with a detachable rose (the nozzle part that turns a water stream into a shower). For planting beds and large gardens, choose a sprinkler, or invest in drip irrigation. Last but not least, when buying a hose, pick up a pack of flat washers that fit your hose. Replace washers inside hose ends annually, at the start of every gardening season, to reduce drips and wasted water.