Plants are bushy and lush, topping out at 2 feet and yielding large leaves packed with rich basil flavor. Flowers form late in the growing season, so you shouldn’t have to spend the summer pinching buds on stems. With regular harvest, expect to pick one-half cup of leaves per week. 'Dolce Fresca' basil is a 2015 All-America Selections winner.
Hydrangeas and Tall Grasses Surrounding Textured Home Exterior and White Balcony Stairs
The house is nestled into masses of Hydrangea and windswept grasses. The full plant life gives natural color, texture and levels to the landscaping. The textured siding creates a nice finish against the smooth look of the white home outline and balcony stairs.
Wisteria has graced the pergola at Biltmore since 1895. This romantic bloomer “takes a good amount of work over the growing season,” Andes says. “Our gardeners are in there a couple times each year doing selective pruning, cutting stems back to two to four buds to develop the plant.” The pruning pays off with a gorgeous flower show that usually occurs in the third week of April. The benches along the wall beneath the pergola provide a peaceful view of the shrub garden, where spring paints a scene with pastel shades.
Outdoor Space for Creating
The Schroeders wanted a place to play and be creative together, so Chip Wade and his team from Elbow Room answered the family's requests. He created gardens throughout the space so that the family could spend time together in nature. The crew also included aspects that the family enjoys, such as a chicken coop, a hammock, a fire pit and an art studio.
Fill a pot with flowers and plants that thrive in autumn’s cool air. Sweet alyssum, pansy and snapdragon all blossom strongly during chilly days. Many grasses and grass type plants (like Carex)—both the perennial and annual types—hold their own as temps start to tumble. Count on grasses to add texture and/or an upright element to cold weather container gardens.
Crunchy, juicy ‘White Satin’ carrots have a sweet but slightly spicy taste. This Nantes-type carrot holds up well in storage. Serve them uncooked, alongside purple and orange carrots, to add color to the table.
Limiting the color palette can add elegance and unity to a hellstrip and make choosing plants easier. This Seattle hellstrip garden, featured in the book, "Hellstrip Gardening," boasts big-leaved silver sage (Salvia argentea), feathery Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’, blooming lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina) and tiny Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’.
The small space behind a Brooklyn, N.Y., row house was enclosed on two sides by a 12-foot brick wall and bare with no plants. To create the illusion of a bigger space, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, added ivy to the walls and brought in plants such as camellias and crape myrtles. The project was an 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
A once-bare, tiny yard behind a row house in Brooklyn, N.Y., now features a canopy of plants, such as crepe myrtles and camellias. Landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh planted trees that naturally cool the garden terrace and house and created a bird habitat. The new paving is mica schist, which is arranged in a pattern that mimics logs flowing down a river. The garden was a 2015 ASLA award winner.
Begonias as a group, including ‘Dragon Wing’ types, unfurl leaves and flowers that are thicker, offering a bite that Japanese beetles don’t savor. Use ‘Dragon Wing’ begonias in containers or planting beds in part shade to full sun settings.
‘Snow Queen’ lily is an Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) hybrid that grows 24 to 36 inches tall. In the landscape, plant bulbs 18 to 24 inches apart. In a container, you can plant them closer to create a fragrant hedge of snowy blooms. Flowers typically appear in late spring to early summer.
The Asian style gazebo and koi pond in the back yard that John Colaneri, and Anthony Carrino from HGTV's "Cousins on Call" have built for the Park family, is a place for the family to relax and enjoy. Before, their backyard had no shade, pond or landscaping. It was an unused space that could not be enjoyed.
Microgardens can be as tiny as a few square inches in a container or several square feet in a garden bed, says Anne Gibson of themicrogardener.com. Here, a small raised garden bed is intensively planted with edibles.
Repurposed cartouche boxes, found at military supply stores and online, make perfect planters for a hanging garden. A concealed drip irrigation system waters all 10 planters for one minute each day, says designer Ryan Benoit. Draining water cascades down to the planter below.