Question of the week
What seed or garden catalog or plant in it has grabbed your attention this winter?
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Q. What are your thoughts on marble vs. granite countertops?
A. From Galvin Robson, a Philadelphia-based designer: I’m a huge fan of white marble like Carrera or Calcutta. However, I realize that it’s high maintenance and has to be sealed every year to prevent stains. If you’re looking at granite, stick with a solid color and a honed finish. Honed granite counters are gorgeous and avoid that speckled look that new construction has.
Your favorite houseplants
• I have a pothos that I received after my daughter’s birth — I’ve kept it going for almost 20 years, which is really good for me. When she leaves home, I’ll send a start of it with her.— Melinda
• Zamioculcas zamiifolia or "ZZ plant." I love its primeval look and easy care. The potential large size is the only bad thing I can say about it. It tolerates low levels of light and is excellent for plant lovers with brown thumbs who do not have the tendency to overwater plants.— Terri Lawrence
• I have had my favorite plant for over 30 years, an elkhorn euphorbia (Euphorbia lactea cristata). It’s my favorite because it actually learned to live with me! In summer it gets whatever moisture Ma Nature gives it; in winter it gets watered once a month.— Chuck Evanhoe
• On Sept. 11, 1985, my daughter Sara died at the age of 2 years, 3 days from an incurable liver disease. Twenty-seven years later, a portion of an original peace lily we received at her funeral is still alive and well. Tough little plant to honor a tough little baby. Every time I see the plant, it reminds me of Sara, and I am amazed it survives year after year.— Patti Minton