Trees, shrubs and outdoor pillows bring color to this neutral modern patio. A forsythia tree boasts bright yellow flowers; a shrub with purple leaves bursts with jewel tones; and orange pillows add more warm color.
This sprawling outdoor covered porch features a small dining area with a white table, brown wooden chairs and colorful potted flowers. Nearby orange and yellow Adriondack chairs offer the perfect spot for taking in the view.
Large boulders create a separation from the perfectly trimmed grass in this side yard up to the planted section of colorful outdoor flowers. Yellow, lavender and burgundy blooms add beautiful and bright natural color to the brown and gray rocks and vivid green grass.
These aren’t your grandmother’s garden mums! Dress your outdoor spaces with the newest in garden mums: trailing Skyfall garden mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium). The flowers open to reveal petite daisy-like blossoms that beckon late season pollinators. Create your own autumn fest by hanging baskets of mixed Skyfall garden mum varieties, including yellow, white and pink. Purchase baskets that are fully budded and just starting to open flowers to make sure you get the color you want. Then sit back and enjoy the floral fireworks as buds burst.
Flowering maples (Abutilon spp.) were so popular in Victorian parlors, they were known as parlor maples (they’re not maples, however). The plants are coming back in style and they’re great for hanging baskets or other containers that show off their dangling, bell-shaped flowers. Most gardeners keep their plants outside in warm weather and overwinter them indoors. They need a bright exposure in your home and should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Prune lightly to keep them compact, but don’t remove too many stems, or the plants won’t set buds. ‘Yellow Finch’ has crinkly, yellow flowers and prefers full shade. When grown outdoors, this annual is hardy in zones 9-11.
This elegant, white sofa is the focal point in the formal sitting room that overlooks the patio. The live edge wood art piece helps to make the teal walls pop while bringing a piece of the outdoors into this design. The white fabric of the sofa reflects the light from the large window to the right, making the space feel warm and bright, while the yellow flowers add a pop.
A chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) is a large plant, not starting to flower until it reaches 5 to 7 feet tall. It craves warmth (temps above 60 F) and bright light. Sit it outdoors for summer to encourage flowering. Blooms typically form spring through fall, followed by a large pod-like fruit. The fruit starts green and ripens to golden yellow. Inside the fruit are the chocolate beans, which must be fermented and dried before use.