Flowers and Plants 118 Ideabooks

Great Design Plant: Chinese Witch Hazel
Few things are more stunning in a winter landscape than a bare-branched tree in full bloom. Before a hint of spring emerges, golden blossoms abound the free-branching framework of Chinese witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis). Before the snow has melted...
Great Design Plant: Golden Creeping Jenny
Slow-growing specimen plants are stunning additions to a garden, and definitely worth the time they take to mature. But if you're looking to add color or fill a space in your yard quickly, consider colorful, low-maintenance golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia...
Old School Green Design: Add Texture With Grass
Grasses can work as a hedge, focal plants, textural elements in a walkway or beautiful contrasts to existing structures. There are a host of grasses to choose from, some perennial and some annual, from purple to pink to white to green. When...
Great Design Plant: Redtwig Dogwood
Every spring I find myself amazed and surprised by the new growth and rebirth that occurs on the same deciduous plants I was certain had been dead long since winter began. Pass a redtwig dogwood (Cornus sericea) in January, and any lingering doubt...
Great Design Plant: Hens-and-Chicks
Low-water landscapes filled with colorful succulents continue to surge in popularity as architects and nurseries discover extraordinary species and hybrids. Topping the list as one of the most popular are "hens-and-chicks," a common name given to two...
Great Design Plant: Snake Flower
Snake flower, also known as Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark', is a favorite plant for low-water garden settings, from Mediterranean to modern. “It is a great accent plant, an almost nonstop bloomer and also looks great throughout the seasons," says...
Great Design Plant: Toyon
Everyone loves to bring pieces of the landscape indoors for the holidays — potted pointsettas, evergreen garlands and trees decorate the house annually. This year, consider Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Its festive red berries and long...
Dirt Optional: Amazing Air Plants for Wall or Tree
For outdoor lovers and botanical admirers, winter can be a challenging season. But for the folks at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco, the challenge only fuels their creativity...
Great Design Plant: Manzanita
Like the furniture that fills your home, the plants chosen to grow in your yard are an investment, financially and aesthetically. A shrub or tree may inhabit your property as long as you do, or even longer, and can speak strongly of your design...
Great Design Plant: Black Mondo Grass
In the spirit of Black Friday, one of the most highly anticipated unofficial American holidays, this week’s plant pick features — you guessed it — a black plant. Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')...
Ingredients of a Beautifully Wild Bouquet
Creating a well-structured and visually stunning seasonal floral arrangement can be as easy as an elementary school math equation. The best part is, with a little instruction and floral knowledge bestowed on us by our friends at Studio...
Great Design Tree: Japanese Maple
In these last few days before the marathon of holiday frenzy begins, get into the Zen of gardening — if only visually — with the universally adored Japanese maple (Acer palmatum). "Right now, Japanese maples are exploding into a gorgeous...
Great Design Tree: Persian Ironwood
Fall is prime time to witness a showstopping display of colors contending with even the most picturesque of sunsets. It’s a shame this spectacle usually drops into months of dormancy that can be as visually stimulating as watching paint dry. The...
Great Design Plant: Red Kangaroo Paw
Kangaroo paw is seen in gardens everywhere, and for good reason. It's easy to grow, versatile, and has exceptionally attractive flowers. Choose red kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos ‘Red Cross’) for added benefits of size,...
Great Design Plant: Tree Aloe
With a form and foliage resembling Dr. Seuss' lorax trees, tree aloe (Aloe barberae) adds an entirely new layer to the term sculptural plant. As one of the largest varieties of aloe, there is nothing subtle or unassuming about...
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