Black Adder is bring in butterflies like there is no tomorrow. The anise hyssop has been one of my favorite perennials for years not only for the bottlebrush-like spikes of blue flowers but also for attracting every bee and butterfly in the neighborhood. I've treasured Blue Fortune and Honey Bee Blue, but now that we are in peak butterfly season in Savannah, Ga., it is Black Adder that has captured my heart.
DALLAS - "It was a dog of a house," says Mike Munsterman of his recently remodeled domain. Looking at the bungalow's impeccable double front doors, gleaming in freshly painted black, and the landscape's garden rooms, with fountains babbling and gravel smoothed, it is easy to believe a transformation has taken place here.
During the cold, dark winter months, there's nothing so wonderful as coming home to a warm, snuggly home that embraces you, enfolding you in its cocoon where you can relax and replenish. It doesn't take much to make your home cozy for winter. Here's what I do.
As far as holidays go, Halloween is often the forgotten holiday when it comes to home decor. But that doesn't have to be the case. Here are some of my top Design Recipes for transitioning decor into your home and making your home more festive this Halloween.
Q: Dear Ed, we're planning a very large custom shower stall. Since we have the room, I'd like to have two separate shower mixing valves installed on opposite walls, with two rain-style shower heads. This way, I can keep one off and save water when only one shower head is needed. What are some basic considerations I should have in mind when designing a custom shower stall like this?
John Steinbeck wrote of the California poppy in "East of Eden" as "... not orange, not gold, but if pure gold were liquid and could raise a cream, that golden cream might be like the color of poppies." Such praise reminds us in these times of drought that this extraordinary poppy offers brilliant spring color without a drop of potable water. Sowing her into our dead lawns and crispy borders, edges and waysides may indeed reclaim the glory of spring without taxing limited supplies.
Last week was a busy week for designers and furniture retailers. It was the start of the fall furniture market in High Point. It is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, and it happens in North Carolina. It's been said if you can't find what you are looking for here, it probably doesn't exist.
All too often these days, if we want to fix a problem in the garden, we reach for something in a bag or bottle. I realize we're all in a hurry, we want a quick fix, and we don't want to overthink the options.